BHAJIA (CHILLI BITES)
This Indian Recipe Makes ± 30 Pieces
Bhajia (Chilli Bites) is a fiery Indian nibble or entree dish like a fritter, with a few variations.
It is normally served as a topping with different Indian meals, however has gotten to be well known to eat alone as a snack. It is preferably eaten on cold winter days as it is a comfort snack.
Bhajia (Chilli Bites) Ingredients:
- 1 box chilli bite mix (250 grams)
- 3 green chillies (depending on the spiciness you prefer)
- 3 red chillies (depending on the spiciness you prefer)
- 1 onion, diced
- ± ¼ – ½ cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- salt to taste
- ½ bunch fresh dhania (coriander)
- vegetable oil for deep frying
- small bowl of water
- 1 ½ teaspoons jeera seeds (optional)
- In a medium sized bowl/dish, empty the contents of the chilli bite mix.
- Add in salt to the flour as per taste & mix well.
- Dice the onions & fresh dhania (coriander).
- Chop the green & red chillies. If you do not have any red chillies on hand, you can use just the green chillies.
- Add the onions, fresh dhania (coriander), jeera seeds (optional), green chillies & red chillies to the flour mix.
- Mix well.
- Gradually stir in the milk. Using milk doesn’t allow the bhajia (chilli bites) to retain oil. Mix well until combined.
- The consistency should be a bit thick as it should hold the shape of a mushy ball.
- On medium heat, heat the oil in a deep pot.
- Keep a small bowl of water next to your stove as you will be using this when deep frying.
- When the oil is hot enough, dip your hands into the bowl of water & then carefully shape the mixture into golf sized balls & drop into the oil.
- Do not over full the pot.
- There should be enough space around each bhajia (Chilli bites) as they will turn on their own once submerged in oil.
- When they have turned a golden brown colour, remove onto a paper towel to drain excess oil.
- Serve hot with a dipping sauce of your choice.
- I have used the Osman’s Taj Mahal Brand of Chilli Bites as well as their chilli dipping sauce.