Rajasthani Mirchi Vada | Stuffed Mirchi Bada with Potatoes

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Rajasthani Mirchi vada recipe with step by step photos. These are stuffed chili fritters or chili cutlet from the Rajasthani cuisine.

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I had made the mirchi bada on one of these days when it was raining very heavily here. Did manage to take pics and add the recipe too.

To make these mirchi vada, you need large chilies, which are not spicy and are mild. I have used bhavnagari chilies. You can also use large green chilies which are used in making stuffed chili pickle. If you live outside India, then you can use jalapeno peppers.

The stuffing is a spiced mashed potato one. Crushed fennel seeds are added in the mashed potatoes, which gives the potatoes a unique flavor, unlike other variations of stuffed mirchi pakoda. I make one more variation which is more South Indian style and if possible I will share this version too.

They are a popular street food snack in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. They are also called as stuffed chili cutlet.

These mirchi bada can be served with tomato ketchup or with imli chutney along with bread slices. Serve these crisp spicy vada as an evening monsoon tea time snack.

How to make Rajasthani Mirchi Vada

1. Rinse the bhavnagari chilies very well with water. Then pat dry with a clean kitchen towel. Remove the chili crowns, if you want. I always remove them.

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2. With a knife slit each chili from one side. Slit from the top and keep about 0.5 to 1 cm space at the bottom before the slit. Remove the seeds and the pith.

slit bhavnagari mirchi for mirchi vada recipe

3. Slit all the green chilies this way and keep aside. If you want you can blanch the chilies also before stuffing them with the mashed potatoes.

slit bhavnagari mirchi for mirchi vada recipe

Making stuffing

4. Steam or boil potatoes in a pressure cooker or steamer till they are cooked very well.

potatoes for mirchi vada recipe

5. When the potatoes are still warm, peel and mash them.

potatoes for mirchi vada recipe

6. Add 1 green chili, chopped, 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves, ½ tsp fennel seeds, crushed, ½ tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp dry mango powder/amchur, ¼ tsp cumin powder and ¼ tsp red chili powder.

spices for mirchi vada recipe

7. Mix very well. Check the taste and add more salt or the spice powders if required.

making mirchi vada recipe

Making mirchi vada

8. Now stuff the potato mixture very well in the green chilies.

stuffing - Rajasthani mirchi vada recipe

9. Stuff all green chilies this way. Keep aside.

stuffing - Rajasthani mirchi vada recipe

10. In a bowl take 1 cup besan along with ¼ tsp red chili powder and a pinch of asafoetida. You can also add a pinch of baking soda, if you want.

besan for mirchi vada recipe

11. Add ½ cup water + 2 tbsp to make a medium thick batter. Also add salt as required. Do add water as required. The addition of water depends on the quality of besan. Since I use home made besan, the water amount required is more than store brought one. So add about ⅓ cup water first and then add some tablespoons to get the right consistency.

batter for mirchi vada recipe

12. Stir very well to get a medium thick batter without any lumps. In case the batter becomes thin, then add a few more tablespoons of besan to thicken the batter.

batter for mirchi vada recipe

Frying mirchi vada

13. Dip the stuffed chilli in the batter.

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14. Coat it very well with the batter.

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15. Place it in medium hot oil gently.

frying Rajasthani mirchi vada recipe

16. Add more chili pakoras in the oil and fry them till they are golden. Be careful when turning or flipping the pakoras in the oil.

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17. When golden and crisp, remove the mirchi vada.

frying - Rajasthani mirchi vada recipe

18. Place mirchi vada on a kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.

frying - Rajasthani mirchi vada recipe

19. Serve these Rajasthani mirchi bada hot with tomato ketchup, coriander chutney, tamarind chutney and slices of bread along with ginger tea or filter coffee.

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mirchi vada recipe

Mirchi Vada (Stuffed Mirchi Bada)

4.64 from 11 votes
Rajasthani mirchi vada recipe is a popular street food snack of stuffed chili fritters.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cuisine Rajasthani
Course: Snacks

Servings 3 to 4
Units

Ingredients

for stuffing mirchi vada

  • 250 grams potatoes or 4 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1 green chili - chopped
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds - crushed
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon amchur (dry mango powder) or add as per taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • salt as required

for mirchi vada batter

  • 1 cup besan (gram flour or chickpea flour)
  • ½ cup water + 2 tablespoon, do add water as required
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 pinch baking soda (optional)
  • salt as required

other ingredients

  • 200 to 250 grams or 8 to 9 bhavnagri chilies or large mild chilies or jalapeno peppers
  • oil for deep frying

Instructions

preparation for mirchi vada

  • Rinse the bhavnagari chilies very well with water. Then pat dry with a clean kitchen towel. Remove the chili crowns.
  • With a knife slit each chili from one side. Slit from the top and keep about 0.5 to 1 cm space at the bottom before the slit. Remove the seeds.
  • Slit all the green chilies this way and keep aside.

making stuffing for mirchi vada

  • Steam or boil potatoes in a pressure cooker or steamer till they are cooked very well.
  • When the potatoes are still warm, peel and mash them.
  • Add 1 green chili, chopped, 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves, 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed, 1/2 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp dry mango powder, 1/4 tsp cumin powder and 1/4 tsp red chili powder. Mix very well.

making mirchi vada

  • Now stuff the potato mixture very well in the green chilies.
  • Stuff all green chilies this way. Keep aside.
  • In a bowl take 1 cup besan along with 1/4 tsp red chili powder and a pinch of asafoetida.
  • Add 1/2 cup water + 2 tbsp to make a medium thick batter. Also add salt. Add water as required. 
  • The addition of water depends on the quality of besan. Since I use home made besan, the water amount required is more than store brought one. So add about 1/3 cup water first and then add some tablespoons to get the right consistency.

frying mirchi vada

  • Dip the stuffed chilli in the batter and coat it very well with the batter.
  • Place it in medium hot oil gently.
  • Add more chili pakora in the oil and fry them till they are golden. Be careful when turning or flipping the pakoras in the oil.
  • When golden and crisp, remove the mirchi vada.
  • Place them on a kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • Serve Rajasthani Mirchi Bada hot with tomato ketchup, coriander chutney with evening chai.

Notes

Substitutions
1/2 tsp dry mango powder - 1/2 tsp lemon juice or add as per taste.
Bhavnagri chilies - large chilies used for pickling or jalapeno peppers

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31 Comments

  1. Idk whether my comment is posted or not….cant v see or own comment? And forgot 2 mention( if my comment gets posted) can u plllsss try to add vattalappam without egg and the masala needed 4 masala chapati which my jain frnd brings……sry5 stars

    1. of course, you can see your comment and i have received your previous comment also. i do plan to add vattalapam without eggs. for the masala is it some dry masala which is added in chapati dough. let me know.

      1. S dassana now i can see my comment:P didnt think dat u will reply soo soon. Ur rite it is some dry masala.cant even imagine wat kind of spices they use.it is more in quantity in d chapati and is soo tasty….thanks a ton….

        1. thanks aishu for letting me know. i have seen a similar dry masala in khakra which someone had got from gujarat. that masala was amazing. so i guess it must be the same type of masala. will try to find out more about this masala and if possible then add the recipe.

  2. Hello dassana!!luv u loads always….pls keep up ur fantastic work…last week i had did kind of chilli bajji..luvd it the lil diff thing was dat the colour was more lighter(chilli) it is called as bajji milaga here…tasted awsm and spicy…i luv ur paneer masala recipe and muchroom puff!!never thought v can make the puff like dis at home thought it wud b more complicated….luv u soooo much all ur recipes ought 2 have 5 stars only5 stars

    1. thanks a lot aishu. i know about bajji milaga, but we do not get it here. glad you liked the paneer masala and mushroom puffs. the puff pastry dough can be made at home. it just that it takes time, but not difficult. thanks again.

  3. Dear Dassana.. I want to try this…I m thinking to steam or bake…is it possible…if baking means wat temp should I select….I got to know about ramekins recently from one of your posts..can it b replaced to cup cake moulds….I feel ramekins r better ….pl suggest me5 stars

    1. you can bake the mirchi vadas. steaming will give different results. bake at 180 degrees celsius. also add a few teaspoons of oil in the batter if baking. make the batter thick for baking.

      you can easily use ramekins for cup cake moulds. there are many sizes they come in and they are better also.

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