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Stuffed Plantain Fritters

29 Aug

Aratikaya Bajji Masala.

Plantain fritters are made by dipping the sliced plantain in gram flour batter and deep frying them till golden color. Then the plantain fritters are stuffed with finely chopped onion and peanuts. Various spices are also mixed with the stuffing for heat. Finally lemon is squeezed to make the fritters little tangy.
Makes: 10 – 14 Stuffed Plantain Fritters.


Plantain 1 Small
Besan 1 – 1 1/4 Cup
Onion 1
Roasted Peanuts 20 – 28
Red Chile Powder 1 tsp
Cilantro few sprigs
Salt to taste
Lemon 1
Soda bi Carb a big pinch
Oil for deep frying

Method of preparation:

Remove ends, remove thick outer skin and chop plantain into thin circles that hold their shape.
Make sure the circles are not too thin and soak them in cold water until required.
Peel and finely chop the onion.
Clean, remove hard stems and finely chop cilantro.
Halve the lemon and squeeze out the juice if you wish.

Heat oil in wok on medium high heat for deep frying, add few pinches of salt.

In a mixing bowl, add besan, salt and soda-bi-carb.
Add sufficient water little by little to make thick flowy batter almost having honey like consistency.

Dip each plantain circle in besan batter making sure the batter is coated on both the sides of the plantain.
Remove the dipped plantain circle from the mixing bowl and slowly drop into hot oil.
Plantain circle should sizzle once it hits hot oil else oil has not reached required temperature.
Repeat the same with other plantain circles until the surface of oil is full.

Fry on both sides until golden brown and remove the plantain fritters on to kitchen napkin.
If the oil is smoking hot, reduce the heat little bit and bring it back on after a while.
Once all the plantain circles are made into fritters, leave them until they are warm enough to handle.
Slit each of the fritter in the middle on one of the faces making sure not to cut them into half.

In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly chopped onion, red chile powder, cilantro, salt.
At first, stuff each slitted plantain fritter with two or more roasted peanuts.
Then stuff the plantain fritters with spoonful of the prepared chopped onion mixture.
Squeeze few drops of lemon juice on top of each stuffed plantain fritter.
Sprinkle a pinch of red chile powder and little salt on top of plantain fritter for extra spice.
Serve stuffed plantain fritters as a snack with few wedges of lemon on the plate.
Notes:Make sure plantain fritters are fried properly before removing from heat.

Suggestions: If the fritters come out too thin and little hard, add another pinch of soda bi carb to the batter and try again.
Variations: Sprinkle chaat masala on top of the stuffed plantain fritters. You can also add red chile powder to the besan batter for extra spice.
Other Names: Stuffed Raw Banana Fritters, Barwan Kaccha Kela Bhajiya, Plantain Bhajia.