These bhajias are a favourite of my hubby!! He had once told me that he had eaten such bhajias in a restaurant in Africa . I couldn't find a recipe for them anywhere so between us we improvised and this recipe was created!! Now it has become a tradition for us to make these bhajias during the cold winter days when we are not going out.
Ingredients for enough bhajias for 3-4 people
10-12 new baby potatoes
For the batter to dip the potatoes:
2 cups of chick pea flour (often called gram flour or besan)
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon of Ajwain
small bunch of fresh coriander cut finely (can use coriander powder too)
Pinch of soda bi carbonate
For the stuffing:
5-6 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon chillypowder
½ teaspoon of cumin powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
For the Deep Frying:
1 litre of cooking oil ( I always use sunflower oil)
A . Prepare the potatoes as below:
1. Steam the baby potatoes with the skin on. I suggest steaming rather than boiling as you do not want the potatoes to over cook and break.
2. Once cooked, allow to cool and peel the skin from the potatoes.
3. Lightly oil the potatoes and either grill them until lightly brown or cook them in the oven at 150 degrees for 10-12 minutes. This will ensure that your potatoes do not break for the next step.
4. Once browned, allow the potatoes to cool and prepare the stuffing.
B: Prepare the stuffing:
1. Peel and blend the garlic using a pestle and mortar or a grinder.
2. Add salt and 1 teaspoon of lemon to the garlic to make the blending easier.
3. Remove the blended mixture to a mixing bowl and add the chilly powder and cumin powder to it
4. This mixture should resemble a firm paste. Add more chilly powder if it looks runny.
Tip: Be inventive with your stuffing. You can add dessicated coconut or ground peanuts, sesame seeds to your stuffing if you like.
Now prepare the potatoes:
1. Cut the potatoes across - but only half way on one side; turn to the opposite side and cut the potato across half way again as shown in my pictures below.
2. Fill them with the stuffing.
C: Prepare the chick pea flour batter to dip your potatoes in:
1. Add half a cup of water to the Chick pea flour
2. Add the salt, ajwain, fresh coriander and soda bi carbonate and stir well.
4. Allow this to rest whilst you heat the oil.
D: To finish making the bhajias:
1. To check if the oil is hot, drop a small drop of batter into the oil. If the oil is ready, the batter will rise to the top.
2. Turn the heat slightly low now.
3. Take one potato at a time ; using a spoon, dip it in the chick pea flour mixture and transfer it to the oil.
4. Allow it to cook one side and turn.
5. Once they look golden brown, they are cooked and ready to serve with a tamarind sauce. Wouldn't advice you to visit friends after eating this garlicky dish!!
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