Mirch Pakoras or Mirchi Bhajiyas is an easy to make recipe and can be served as a side dish with dal, dahi curry or any vegetable curry.
Its quick, simple and easy. I have made it plain and not stuffed the green chillies with potatoes or paneer stuffing. But you can stuff the green chillies with a stuffing of your choice. You can also have a look at Rajasthani Mirchi Vada Recipe.
In Mumbai, when you purchase mix veg pakoras, you will also get mirch pakoras in it. Most sweet shops sell mix pakoras in Mumbai. Apart from mix veg pakoras, you also get other pakora varieties in mumbai like kanda bhaji (onion pakora), aloo pakora, plain bread pakora, raw banana pakoras and stuffed potatoes bread pakora.
While writing this post, I remember having mirch pakoras in Goa. We liked it so much, that we used to visit this place every alternate day or so, just to have the mirchi bhaji.
The green chillies that are used are a larger variety of chillies and they are not spicy as their smaller counterparts. One can use small green chillies also, but they would turn out to be too hot and spicy. These green chillies have a light green color and are known as bhaji/bhajji/bhajiya chillies. You can also use bhavnagri chilies.
To make it more yummy, you can stuff the chillies with mashed potatoes or any other vegetable filling.
Mirchi Pakora Recipe Quick Video (48 seconds)
Mirchi Bhajiya or Mirch Pakora Recipe Below:
Mirchi Pakora Recipe - Easy to prepare pakora with large green chilies.
- 6 to 7 medium to large green chillies or mirch
- oil for frying
- 1 cup gram flour (besan)
- ½ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
- ¼ tsp chilli powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
- ¼ tsp garam masala powder
- 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
- 1 pinch baking soda (optional)
- salt as required
- water as required, to make a thick batter
Take all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water in parts so as to form a thick batter.
Slit the green chili from one side. Take care not to break the chilies. With a small spoon remove the seeds and the pith.
Dip the chili in the batter. Evenly coat the mirch (chillies) with batter and also apply some batter inside the green chili.
In a deep frying pan heat oil and deep fry the batter coated green chilies in oil till they turn golden brown and crisp.
- Serve Mirch Pakora with pav, bread or serve as a side dish.
Method to make the Mirchi Bhajiya or Mirch Pakoras Recipe:
1. Take 1 cup gram flour (besan) in a bowl.
2. Add carom seeds (ajwain)
3. Add turmeric, red chilli powder and a pinch of asafoetida
4. Add garam masala powder.
5. Add salt.
6. Pour water.
7. Whisk to a thick batter. Keep aside.
8. Rinse the green chilies first. Then take each chili and slit it on one side.
9. Now remove the seeds and pith with a small spoon.
10. Dip the green chili in batter.
11. Coat it very well and also apply some batter inside the green chili.
12. Place the batter coated green chili in medium hot oil.
13. Add green chilies depending on the size of the pan or kadai. When one side is cooked, turn over and fry the other side.
14. Turn over a couple of times more and fry till golden and crisp.
15. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on kitchen paper towels. Same way fry the remaining mirchi pakoras.
16. Sprinkle some chaat masala powder while serving.