Monday, 24 October 2011

Aaloo baaji / Potato fritters

This is another variety of fritters with potato. I treat them as mild fritters as we don't use much chili in this. Just to make this bit interesting, I have included spicy onion mixture as filling.

Potato – 1 large
Besan / gram flour – 3/4th cup
Rice flour – ¼ cup
Baking powder – 1/8th tsp
Oil for deep fry
For the filling:
2 Medium Onion – Chopped finely
Salt – a large pinch
Chili powder – ¼ tsp
Cumin powder – a large pinch
Coriander powder – a large pinch
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Chop the potato into thin slices, roughly about ¼ cm thick. Place them in a bowl of water to which ½ tsp of salt is added.

Place the pan with oil on medium high flame. By the time, oil gets heated up, we can prepare the batter.
Combine both the flours and sieve into a large mixing bowl.
Now add the baking powder, salt and water.
Mix the batter well. The consistency should be like beaten thick yoghurt. The batter should not be too thick as the batter will not cooked properly, or not too thin as it absorbs more oil.
Drain the potatoes and keep them aside.
When the oil is hot enough, take each slice of the potato and dip it in the batter and slowly slip in into the hot oil.

 Repeat the same with 4 to 6 slices. If the oil has become too hot, reduce the flame and wait for 4-5 minutes and then drop the potato slices dipped in the batter. Otherwise the fritters get burnt outside and not cooked inside.

Always fry any fritters under medium to medium high flame.
Turn them in between and remove them into a paper towel.
Allow them to cool just enough to handle them.
Slice each potato bhaji with knife or any sharp spatula. Place the onion mixture and serve immediately.

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