Vazhakkai (Plantain) Bhajji is a South Indian Style Evening Snack. It goes very well with hot tea of coffee during the monsoon season. Even though many vegetables are used for making Bhajji, raw Plantain or Potato are the most common vegetable for preparing the Bhajji. It is a very quick recipe to make.
Gram Flour (Besan) – 1 cup
Rice Flour – 1 tsp
Jeera Powder – ½ tsp
Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
Cumin Seed – ¼ tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
Plantain (Raw Banana) – 1
Cooking Soda or Eno Fruit Salt – 1 pinch
Wash and peel the thin skin of the plantain and discard.
Cut it into medium thin slices.
Take the Gram Flour and Rice Flour in a mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients except Oil and Soda. Mix well.
Add Water and mix it to a batter by adding water little by little. The batter should be medium thick. It should not be too thin or too thick. Keep the batter aside.
Heat the Oil in a frying pan for deep frying. Add cooking Soda or Eno Fruit Salt to the batter and mix well. The batter will become light and fluffy.
Dip the Raw Banana slice one by one in the batter and drop into the hot Oil immediately.
When both sides of the Bhajji become golden brown, take it out and transfer to a kitchen towel or tissue so that any excess oil is sucked way by the towel / tissue.
Serve hot with Chutney.
Brinjal, Onion and Potato can also be substituted for plantain.