Goli Bajji is one of the Mangalorean snacks introduced to me by my grandfather. Though he is now no more, I shall be always grateful to him to buy me goli bajjes on Sundays after the church celebration. I miss those days when I am not in Mangalore and during rains or when I feel I must keep the tradition alive, When it rains and you feel like eating something hot there is nothing better than goli bajji fried with your piping hot tea.
It has been my conscious effort to go without any unpolished refined flours so this one is with the goodness of whole wheat. I intended to make with banana, no sooner I got to make the batter and checked the fridge for the overripe banana, I realised that my younger daughter has already relished it and I decided to use sugar instead. With these simple home found ingredients you can make delicious goli bajjes for the family and enjoy in the rain.
Makes about 20 bajjes
2 cup wholewheatflour
1 cup buttermilk (1/2 cup curd + 1 cup water)
1 tsp unrefined sugar/ 1 elaichi banana (small variety banana) (whatever available)
2 tbsps gram flour
1-2 tbsps rice flour
2-3 pinches of cooking soda/ fruit salt
1 green chilli cut
1 inch ginger
Salt to taste
1. In a bowl take the wet ingredients – mash the banana, add buttermilk and mix well.
2. Add the dry ingredients – flour, gram, flour, rice flour and mix well
3. Lastly add the cooking soda and more water if needed, mix well it should be a smooth batter little thicker than idli batter but should fall from the spoon (test)
4. Leave the batter to rest for about 5-10 minutes.
5. Keep oil to heat in a kadai, once it is too hot, take the batter at the edge of your fingers and plop it like a round bajje into the oil.
6. Reduce the heat and let it cook to golden brown for about 3-4 minutes, turn it on the other side and cook till slightly dark brown.
7. Serve with coconut chutney and tea to go with.
1. You can add sugar if banana is not available, taste will not change much. I have used sugar, my aunt does make it with banana too – whatever available.
2. This does require a bit practice but should not be difficult using fingers just make a round ball and add in the oil.
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