I grew up in Kochi snacking potato bajjis and Kashmiri chilly bajjis that we get from bakeries here. These used to be occasional evening snacks with tea and everybody loved it. When we moved to Chennai, in the institute canteen I saw two new varieties of bajjis: raw banana bajji and bread bajji. The first time I tasted bread bajji, I liked it so much that I went to the kitchen counter and watched master making bajjis. As soon as he gets the order, he takes bread pieces from the packet, place it on a hot tawa and toast lightly, then halve it, dip in the batter and fry it and serve it in a plate with tomato sauce and mint chutney.
In Chennai, packeted bajji-bonda mix is available in supermarkets, so I buy them and used to prepare bajjis. This is one of my family’s favourite evening and late night snack. Back in Kochi, the readymade bajji-bonda mix are never seen in stores. So, I tried making the mix with besan and spice powders. The simple combination of chickpea flour and basic spice powders tastes perfect and I continue to make it whenever I have a packet of bread in my kitchen.
Step by step instructions of making bread bajji with images:
Heat a pan, place bread slices on it and toast them lightly.
Cut each slice into two triangles and keep aside.
Add all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well using a spoon or hand whisk.
Add required amount of water to the mix and prepare batter.
Heat oil in a deep pan
Dip each piece of bread in the batter and fry in hot oil till golden brown keeping the flame low.
Flip each slice fry the other side too.
Drain the bajjis and serve hot with tomato sauce.
- 8 slices White bread
- 2 cups Besan /chickpea flour
- 1 teaspoon Chilly powder
- ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
- ¼ teaspoon Hing/ asafoetida
- A pinch of baking soda
- Salt to taste
- Water as needed
- Oil to deep fry
- Heat a pan2. Place the slices of bread on a pan and toast them lightly3. Cut each slice into two triangles and keep aside4. Add all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well using a spoon or hand whisk5. Add required amount of water to the mix and prepare batter 6. Heat oil in a deep pan 7. Keep the flame initially high 8. Dip each piece of bread in the batter and fry in hot oil till golden brown keeping the flame low9. Flip each slice fry the other side too10. Drain the bajjis and serve hot with tomato sauce.