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Mirchi Bada~Indian State Rajasthan

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 Mirchi Bada~Indian State Rajasthan

Today we stop at
Rajasthan, a state that I hope to visit soon not just because of the food which
is splendid collection of colourful, spicy and unique dishes but because of its
inhabitants and their rich culture.

As a child, in my
nomadic lifestyle, we were at Akola, Maharashtra. Our neighbours were marwadis,
a joint family their lifestyle amazed me. I loved watching how the old lady
called dadiji though very old  was very
sweet and saw to it that we were invited for every ”Teej Towhar” not only for
food but the earlier day to apply mehendi, mehendi being the most important
ritual. They used to draw the designs not with the mehendi cone but with
matchsticks and the designs were breathtakingly beautiful. Thin lines and
weaves it was really magic the way they did the job.
Another strange thing
was the vessel were washed suka. That means the vessels were dampened then were
scrubbed with ash. With a dry cloth they were wiped clean of all residues. Then
one more cloth finished all the rest of the cleaning. This way the water used
was minimal.
Food, like I said is
delicious Rajasthani cooking was influenced by both the war-like
lifestyles of its inhabitants and the availability of ingredients in this arid
region. Food that could last for several days and could be eaten without
heating was preferred. Because of lack of leafy green vegetables, the use of
lentils, pulses, legumes and milk, curd and buttermilk in place of the water in
the gravy marks the essentials of Rajasthani cuisine. To decrease the use
of water in this desert state they use a lot of milk and milk products to cook.
Originating for
the Marwar region of the state is the concept Marwari Bhojnalaya
or vegetarian restaurants, today found in many part of India, which offer
vegetarian food of the Marwari people.
Rajasthan is known for
not only its snacks like Bikaneri Bhujia, Mirchi Bada and Pyaaj Kachori but also for  dishes like Bajre ki roti (millet
bread) and Lashun ki chutney (hot garlic paste), Mawa
 from Jodhpur, Alwar ka mawa, Malpauas , let’s
not forget dal bati churma ………………
The Rajput clan was
always known to enjoy a hearty hunt (shikar) and the royal chefs (Khansamas)
would delicately cook the day’s capture and incorporate the dish into the night
menu. The women of the household never involved themselves in cooking the meat
which they considered impure
 Rajasthan Food is an experience to be cherished.

I had forgotten all
about Rajasthan and the food there. In fact the memories of my childhood were there
but not about the food that I had at Dadaji’s place. Vaishali….. she reminded
me of foods that I have loved and since then I have been trying food from Rajasthan at home and its all well liked. Thanks Vaishali you are the bestest!!( Sorry about the Hinglish Princy)!
 Mirchi Bada~Indian State Rajasthan

So how did Vaishali
remind me? She had come down here to Goa and she followed her goodies bag! She
had come with lotus stems, and these chillies. She went to make Nadru Monje and these
stuffed mirchi bahjias!! Do I have to tell you how they tasted? Take a look and
eat with your eyes!!!

 Mirchi Bada

State: Rajasthan
Source:Ribbon’s to Pasta
Time-30-40 minutes
  • 7-8
    pcs Rajasthani Green Chilli (Mirchi), deseeded
  • 4
    Potatoes, boiled, mashed
  • ½ tsp
    jeera/cumin seeds
  • 1
    green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp
    fresh dhania/ coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp
    red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp
    dhania/ coriander powder
  • 2
    pinch hing/asafoetida
  • 1 tsp
  • ½ tsp
    amchoor/dry mango powder
  • 1 tbsp
    saunf/Fennel seeds, roasted, coarsely ground

  • 2 cup
    gram flour
  • 1 tsp
  • ½ tsp
    red chilli powder
  • A
    pinch of cooking soda or baking powder
  • Oil to
    deep fry

For Stuffing:
  • Mash
    the boiled potatoes using a potato masher.
  • Heat
    about a 2-3 tsp oil jeera.
    Once the jeera splutters add saunf and hing.
  •  Add the mashed potato, chopped green chilli,
    red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt, and amchoor powder and mix well.
  •  Fry the potato mixture well. You will get a
    delicious aroma.
  • Add
    the coriander and mix again.  Cool.

  • In a
    bowl big enough for you to dip the chillies and your fingers add gram flour,
    add salt, red chilli powder, cooking soda and water and mix well, to prepare a
    thick batter.
  •  Mix well.
  • To
    make the bhajis:
  • In a
    kadhai heat oil for frying.
  •  Make a slit the green
    chillies/mirchis lengthwise but do not break the stalk and scoop out the
    seeds from them.
  •  Fill the chillies with the potato
  •  Dip and coat each stuffed green chilli with
    the batter, and deep fry them in the heated oil. 
  •  Cook on medium flame to ensure chillies are
    cooked from inside and crisp and brown from outside.
  •  Remove the fried chillies on an absorbent
    paper and transfer them to a serving plate.
  •  Serve
    hot with lasun chutney
 Mirchi Bada~Indian State Rajasthan

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0 thoughts

  • April 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    it is burning hot in mumbai and yet i am tempted to dig into this bada, this looks beautiful

  • April 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Omg, those stuffed mirchis are just torturing me, can have them without any hesitation..Irresistible they are.

  • April 25, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Wow! Have not had these for such a long time. They are so well done, brown and crispy.

  • April 27, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Ah..you took me back to some good times…thanks dear for the kind words.I am so glad that we could work together like this, wish we get more opportunities.

  • April 29, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Archana, you have got it done so well!..I simply love this…the outer layer seem to have turned out so nice and crispy as well..

  • May 1, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Those stuffed mirchi looks so spicy, tempting and delicious.

  • May 4, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Those stuffed mirchis look so tempting. Good write up too.

  • May 6, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Those mirchis look so good! And such a lovely description of your childhood 🙂

  • May 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I love mirchi bada or mirchi bahhi as we call it in the South.

    Your cleaning memories reminded me of my neighbor. She too is marwadi but moving to Hyderabad made her very liberal using hte water. She had lot of domestic help to clean the house but she would clean the house along with the domestic help; from cleaning the floors to walls to washing clothes. When say wash the walls, they literally use to scrub all the walls at least once a week. And I always wonder how she survived in Rajasthan with so little water with her cleaning habits.

  • May 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    wow such an delicious bharwa mirchi bada , my all time fav from my native 🙂 I loved reading your experience and child hood memories from this state 🙂

  • May 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

    potato stuffed mirchi bajjis are my kind of snack. i love mirchi bajjis of any kind.. irresistable

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