Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mulaku/ Chilly and Onion Bhaji

Recipe No: 185
The best Mulaku Bhajis that I ever ate was from the cafeteria ran by ‘Kudumbhashree’ in the College I taught. This is a usual item in their menu when these Peppers are in season,  and the best feature of those was its crispiness.  Realizing our craving for this snack, the fabulous cooks there used to fry fresh ones at our sight and piping hot, crispy  Mulaku Bhajis will be served as soon as we sit around our usual table in one corner of the Cafeteria with a glass (smallest ones ever) of piping hot tea (which was never enough)…
Ingredients                                 Serves 4
  • Bhaji Mulaku/ Banana Pepper….4
  • Lemon…………………………………..1/2 Big
  • Chickpea Flour/ Kadala Mavu…1/2 Cup (Besan)
  • Rice Flour…………………………..…2 Tablespoons
  • Salt……………………………………….1/2 Teaspoon
  • Red Chilly Powder……………..…..1/2 Teaspoon
  • Asafoetida………………………..……1/8 Teaspoon
  • Baking Soda…………………….…….1/4 Teaspoon
  • Oil for deep frying
Method of Preparation
  1. Wash and wipe the Peppers dry. Cut them into two (if big) and pour the juice from ½ Lemon on them and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  2. After 15 minutes, take the Peppers out of the Lemon Juice and pat them dry.
  3. Make a thick batter with Chickpea Flour, Rice Flour, Salt, Red Chilly Powder, Asafoetida and Baking Soda with enough Water.
  4. Heat Oil on medium high heat till really hot.
  5. Dip Pepper in the batter and deep fry them until golden brown turning in between.
  6. Drain the excess Oil on a paper towel and serve them hot.
To make the Onion Bhaji
  1. Use the remaining Chickpea batter or make a fresh batch. (The batter should be a bit more thick for Onion Bhajis than Mulaku Bhajis. So make it thick by adding a bit more of Chickpea Flour if you are using the leftover batter.)
  2. Slice Onion and mix them with the batter. Add  more  Salt if needed.
  3. Drop small handfuls of Onion-batter  into hot Oil and fry till golden brown. Do turn it over in between.
  4. Drain the excess Oil on a paper towel and serve hot with tomato ketchup.
Notes:
  • Do remove the seeds from the Peppers if you don't want it hot (these Peppers are not that hot).
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan while frying; fry in batches if necessary.
  • It is okay to use Sooji/ Rava instead of Rice Flour.
 





Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…

2 comments:

Priya said...

Crispy fritters tempts me a lot..

My attempt at The Julie/Julia project said...

Love the yummy bhaji... perfect for winters..
hey i love ur theme.. ur project is perfect.. i actually thought of following a book like julia but i am diverting from it a lot :)
U keep rocking girl :)

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