Mirchi Vada

Ingredients:
8-10 very large green chillies
Oil for Deep Frying

For Batter:
1 cup besan (gram flour [chick pea flour])
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 pinches soda bicarb
Salt as per taste
1 tbsp. hot oil
Water

For Filling:
4 large potatoes, boiled, peeled, mashed
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tsp amchoor powder (mango powder)
3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

Method:

Mix all the ingredients of the filling

Divide into 8-10 parts (depending on chillies)

Slit green chilies and remove the seeds.

Stuff the green chilli by 1/2 of each part and cover the chilli with remaining 1/2

Repeat for all the chillies

Keep aside

Mix all ingredients of batter to form a dip thick enough to thickly coat back of a spoon.

Heat the oil for deep frying

Dip the green chillies into batter

Gradually let chillies into the hot oil. Deep fry till golden brown, turning as required.

Fry 2-3 in a batch. Drain

Cut into half and serve with chutney

Makes: 16-20 pieces

Making time: 45 mins

*Try adding mashed carrot, mustard seeds and chopped green beans to the potato mash.

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