These bhajias are filled with minced onion and chilies (chili's, chile's, sp?). My mom swears by using wheat germ in the batter because they soak up less oil and produce a crispy batter with bite. Sara are you still reading? Because you have to make these and bring the deep fryer back. Then as if those spiced ones weren't good enough, we went and made another batter for banana bhajias. Oh hell yes we did. Served with some apple butter chutney these are best served immediately. Random side note, go and listen to the new Drake album (solid throughout), and then when you are done, go listen to Yelawolf (I'm a big fan of the tracks in the middle of the album).
Bhajias two ways with applebutter chutney
(chickpea flour fritters)
Yield: 4-6 servings
1/2 cup diced onion, fine dice
1-2 jalapenos, sliced very fine
3/4 cup chickpea, or besan, flour
1/2 cup wheat germ, fine ground
1/2 tsp sanchar (contains black salt, pepper, and citric acid), optional
1/8 tsp citric acid powder
1/2 - 1 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp or more red chili powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp yogurt
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp brown sugar
oil, such as peanut oil, enough to fry
Mix everything (onion through brown sugar) together and add enough water to make it pasty. Heat up oil in a fryer. Once hot drop heaping teaspoonfuls into the hot oil and fry until golden brown.
Apple butter chutney
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1 tsp fresh lime or lemon juice
water to thin
1/2 cup apple butter
Mix together all ingredients. Taste to adjust for seasonings.
(Chickpea fritters with bananas)
1-2 firm bananas, sliced into wide coins
1/4 tsp turmeric
water to make pasty
1/2 cup chickpea flour (preferably black chickpea flour because it is finer)
1/2 - 1 cup wheat germ, fine ground
water to make it pasty
1-2 tbsp yogurt
oil, such as peanut oil, enough to fry.
Mix everything together and add enough water to make it pasty. Heat up oil in a fryer. Drop the banana coins into the batter and carefully drop them into the hot oil; fry until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to a glass dish lined with paper towels.