Jodhpuri Mirchi Vada

Today we are starting with 2nd week of Mega Marathon. Theme for this week is " Same state with different snacks". So I choose Rajasthan, a state in northern India. Rajasthan means " Land of Kings". According to Wiki , Rajputs, Meenas, Rajpurohits and many other tribes made a great contribution in building the state of Rajasthan. Modern Rajasthan includes most of the Rajputana,  which comprises princely states, two chief ships and British district of Ajmer-Merwara. Jaisalmer, Matrwar, Bikaner, Mewar, Alwar, Dhundhar were some of the main Rajput princely states. 

Rajasthan is culturally rich and has artistic and cultural traditions that reflects the ancient Indian way of life.There is rich and varied folk culture from villages which are often depicted as a symbol of the state. Rajasthan cooking was influenced by both war like lifestyles of its inhabitants and availability of the ingredients in this arid region. Most of Rajasthan state is Sandy and dry. The scarcity of water and fresh green vegetables have all had their effect on the cooking.

We will  be learning more about Rajasthan in next 5 day. For today am here with a one of there delicacies Mirchi Bada / Mirchi Vada. Jodhpuri Mirchi vada is famous street food from Rajasthan. It combines well with another Jodhpuri specialty mava kachori, dipped in sugary syrup. Here goes the recipe......

Ingredients for crust / to make vada:

Besan / Gram flour  2 cupsSalt to taste
Crushed Ajwain  / Carom seeds 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder 1/2 tsp
Bavnagri Mirchi or Banana Peppers or any large mirchi  6-8
Oil for deep frying

Ingredients for filling :

Boiled  and peeled potatoes 4
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Hing 1/4 tsp
Green chili chopped 1 tsp
Chopped ginger 1 tsp
Chili powder 1/2 tsp
Haldi / Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice 1 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Garam Masala 1 tsp
Chopped cilantro 1/2 cup
Oil 1 tbsp


In a mixing bowl add besan, salt, chili powder and crushed carom seeds.
Mix well, add little water at a time to make a smooth batter.
Batter should not be too thin or too thick.
Wash and pat try the chilies / mirchi.
Make a slit to the chili and remove the seeds.
Set aside.

Preparing Filling:

Mash potatoes without any lumps.
Heat non stick pan and add oil.
Add cumin seeds and saute for a minute.
Now add hing, green chili and mashed potatoes.
Mix well, now add salt to taste,chili powder and haldi.
Mix everything well and add garam masala and sugar.
Add chopped cilantro, mix and switch off flame.
Let the filling / masala cool down to add  lime jucie.
Mix thoroughly and fill  the mixture in all the slit mirchi / chili.

Preparing Mirchi Vada:

Heat oil in deep frying pan.
Now dip the filled mirchi in the gram flour batter.
Drop the dipped chili's / mirchi in hot oil.
Make sure you fry vada's on  medium flame so that vada's cook inside and out.
Remove and place the vada's on kitchen paper towel to remove excess oil.
Serve hot with any chutney or ketchup.

Below are the sweets I have posted so far in this Mega Marathon.

Week 1


Srivalli said...

Its wonderful to knwo you are doing Rajasthan as well. I loved this one when I had made it. Can't wait to read the other snacks.

vaishali sabnani said...

Mirchi Vadas have come out perfect ! They look yum and I am looking forward to the Rajasthani snacks . Rajasthan is one of my favourite states , let’s see what you dish up !

Suma Gandlur said...

That is one classic recipe from the state. Your stuffed mirchi vadas have come out really good.

Amara’s cooking said...

Perfectly done Mirchi vada Sushma, Looking forward for your Rajasthani snacks this week.

Harini R said...

Wow! Sushma, those vadas look amazing. Looking forward to the rest of the snacks in this series.

Narmadha said...

Mirchi vada looks too tempting. Lovely start to this week.