I call myself as a pure hyderabadi. Some say you can identify a hyderabadi easily 🙂
If your answer is “YES” to most of the points below, then you are a Hyderabadi!
- Your answer is ‘Seeedha Chale Jao’ when somebody asks you for directions, whether it is to Malakpet, Masab Tank, Malkajgiri or Moosapet.
- You have at least one cousin, friend, colleague or acquaintance in the US in software.
- Everytime somebody gives you a piece of good news, the first thing you ask them is “Party kab hain?”
- You call 11 AM as ‘SUBAH SUBAH’
- You look at the fixed price stand and still ask ‘DENE KA BOLO’
- You crave for Pani Puris, Bhel Puri, Pav Bhaji and Mirchi Bajji etc., though you have many restaurants serving exotic food around.
And as said in the last point, I started craving for some spicy chat food from the moment I saw the JFI event hosted by SaffronTrail this month. And the ingredient for the month is Chillies, and what could be a better option to choose for the event – Mirchi Bajji.
So here is the recipe for it.
10 Long Green Chillies
2 cups Gram flour
1 tbsp Rice flour
1/4th tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Ajwan(vaamu)
Salt, to taste
Vegetable/ Sunflower Oil, for frying
1 cup Roasted peanuts, ground to coarse/fine powder.
2 tbsp Tamarind Paste
Salt, to taste
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
1 Lemon, cut into quaters
- Wash the chillies, make a slit on one side of the chillies, with ends intact and carefully remove the seeds.
- Boil some water in a small pot with salt, drop these green chillies for a minute or two. Take them out and dry them on a kitchen towel.(You can even skip this step)
- Mix gram flour, rice flour, salt, baking soda, salt, ajwan and make a thick batter.
- In a small cup mix peanuts powder, salt and tamarind paste. Stuff this mixture inside the slit green chillies.(You can experiment with other stuffings too)
- Heat oil in a wok, dip the chillies one by one in the batter and deep fry them.
- For serving, make a slit on fried mirchi bajjis, sprinkle with some chat masala, chopped onion.
- Serve hot!
And the verdict:
What can I say, I went back 5 years to my college days at the very first bite… Ummm… it reminded me of Hyderabad once again.
J relished each one, watching his favourite movie 🙂
A perfect companion on a lazy, cloudy or rainy evening, teamed with a cup of hot chai.