Sunday, February 7, 2010

Enjoying Bajjis amidst all that snow

We got a whole lot of snow on Friday & Saturday and it was upto 30 inches Saturday evening. While I stocked up on groceries & thought we were prepared and all set to stay indoors, we were in for a shock when we woke up Saturday morning to find we had no power or heat. It was about 8 hrs before we got both back and until then it was quite worrying. We couldn't even go to any of our friends' home (who had power) because the roads were far from clean and were pretty dangerous to drive in. The shovelling was back breaking since it was kind of heavy, icy snow as opposed to the light powdery ones we got the previous few times. This is our second major storm for this winter and as much as it looks beautiful the work involved and the potential danger (esp when we lose power and therefore heating) makes me dread snow and want nothing more to do with it.

Here are some pictures of our neighbourhood...







Since my dad always makes bajjis when it rains, we made spicy milagai (chilli) bajjis during this snowstorm :) - spicy chilli bajjis with hot ginger tea is sure to warm us up in any weather. The following batter and method can be used to make bajjis using different vegetables such as sliced potatoes, sliced vazhakai/raw plantain, cauliflower florets, sliced onions (my favorite) etc. the possibilities are endless.

BAJJI


Ingredients:
For the batter

Besan/Kadalai maavu - 1/2 cup
Rice Flour/Arisi maavu - 1/4 cupMaida/All purpose flour - 2 tbsp
Idli/Dosa batter - 2 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1 to 1.5 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt - 1.5 tsp (or to taste)
Water - 1 cup (approx)

For the Bajjis:
Light green Anaheim Peppers, Onions, Raw Plantains, Potatoes, Cauliflower etc.
Oil - to deep fry


Method:
1) In a bowl, blend together the ingredients listed under 'for the batter' and make sure it's not too thick or thin.
2) Heat oil until it starts smoking a bit.
3) Dip the veggies in the batter, making sure that it encases the veggies fully and gently slide them into the oil and deep fry until golden. Drain on paper towels and serve plain or with some coconut chutney.

31 comments:

  1. Oh gal, you are such a killer its cold and breezy outside all I could think was oh Boston is blessed - out of the worst snow storm, here you come with those warm delightful and the color of god is so tempting me!!! I am not forgiving you for this... Bajjis are so good Laav!!!

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  2. Laavanya, yes exactly what you should do when the outside looks like Antartica. I know losing power is scary especially when you are stuck inside. Glad yours came back soon.

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  3. Fried foods always tempt me... looks absolutely mouthwatering!

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  4. Cold weather and bajji sounds amazing..enjoy the weather.. stay warm.

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  5. Oh my my...thats really too much of snow out there!!!! Cold weather and hot and spicy bajji sound awesome:) Take Care!

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  6. We pay money to go skiing in CA! Gosh it is absloutely gorgeous the pic, without power nothing moves in US! 8 hours is quiet long! I don't know how u manageed?
    Spicy bajji and tea what could be better for the cold breezing temp :)

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  7. Yummy..I love Pakoras in cold weather and i miss all the snow..now that i am in TX..used to be in NJ/NY earlier...love ur blog..i have made Bruschetta as Superbowl snack..will post recipe soon..:)

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  8. 8 hrs without power in winter sounds daunting! The photos looks gorgoeous though.. The storm is moving towards our area, and we're expecting more than a foot snow on tuesday.. getting ready for tuesday..

    Bhajji's are a perfect treat for this weather.. very tempting..

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  9. wow snow and hot hot bajji is a romantic delight!!!!

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  10. Love you spirit my dear girl!!!! Howz the snow now?
    Milagai bajji must have been such a welcome treat.

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  11. Bhajjis looks yummy.New here
    Do drop by
    http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/

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  12. Yummy!!! I wanted to prepare those bajjis for which I got those mirchis as well.. but have not prepared, may be today I would prepare salen instead..... Lemme see..... But lovely & loved the contrast of pics.... snow to bajjis.... Hmmm....

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  13. Wow pictures of snow r quite awesome.and that too with bajji and hot tea..ooh wish i could be there .Adding dosa batter to bajji is new to me.

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  14. looks delicious..so good to go with the weather!!

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  15. delicious bhaji....looks so perfect...yummy..

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  16. Snow and Bajjis go hand in hand, looks so yum. I haven't fried so far because usually I fry on the back deck so it doesn't smell in the house. Deck still has some snow! :)

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  17. That is a whiole load of snow, i would love to have that bahhis, it will taste double delcious in the cold weather here and there:-)

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  18. wow awesome bajjis... mouthwatering.. Nice picture..

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  19. We too got slammed with snow...got about 2 feet. Did not affect us too much- just stayed at home and did nothing. :)
    Losing power for that long especially with kids around is scary. Hope everyone did ok.

    You made the most of your time indoors- nice bajjis!


    We're expecting to get hit again on Tue/Wed.

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  20. Hi......Lavanya..........
    The pics are great though it must be freezing cold there....and garam adhrakwali chai and bhajiyas are just perfect to drive the blues away :)
    Great recipe and click of bhajiyas

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  21. I can't imagine how horrible it must've been to lose power in this snowstorm. Those bajjis look perfect for these cold times, though. Stay warm as more cold weather comes this way!

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  22. Bajjis looks so delectable.It would tickled the taste bud esp during this winter something hot will always .Snow completely ruins the weekends esp.Lovely bajjis.

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  23. Oh god..wat a beautiful clicks..nice crispy bajjis to enjoy this snowy evening..

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  24. I made bajji this week-end too. It,s a great comfort food. We are expecting another storm on Wednesday.
    Bajji looks lovely.

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  25. mmm. mirchi bajjis on a snowy day! Yum!! Tempting :)

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  26. Thats a perfect snack! What you need more than those bajjis! Looks tempting :)

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  27. That last snow pic of the tree branches lined with snow is wonderful! And the bajjis make such a robust contrast to those pix.

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  28. Gosh, having the power fail when there is a snow storm sounds awful ! Glad yours came back on the same day...the bhajjis look fantastic, great way to warm up a little !

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  29. I have never seen such heavy snow in my life. Looks pretty, but can't live there:) I am used to LA weather.

    Bajjis are super perfect.

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  30. Dear Laavanya, Been hearing about the extreme cold and snow in the west, but it is seeing the pics that brings it clearly to the mind. Looking at those snow filled roads and trees in your amazing photographs made it look like a heavenly abode! And of course, bajjis in winter times are everyone’s favourites. I remember as a kid when it would rain during monsoons, everyone at home from the periyarvargal to the kuttis would be treated to bajjis made by mum along with hot masala chai. Here summer has already begin. I always use leftover batter for uttappams or toasts, but I am going to try your recipe. is going to start in a short span, so will try it on a Sunday evening. Your dad made bajjis – wow!

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