Aratikaya Bajji ~ Plantain Fritters

All these street foods are stirring up lot of memories at home! I made these to satisfy my husband's cravings :). He has been telling me about the time when he used to eat these bajjis sold by street hawkers near one of the beaches in Chennai, India. 

From what my husband told me, I gathered that the plantain used is a different variety and so there was a definite difference in taste. Nonetheless he was happy to relive some of his memories. In fact this time my kids also formed part of the audience for his nostalgic narration :). The kids also had fun munching these. 

Sample these bajjis as part of Day 2 Week 4 of BM #26.

Ingredients - 

Plantain 2
Besan(Chickpea Flour) 2 cups
Salt as needed
Ajwain (Caraway Seeds) 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder as needed
Oil for deep frying
Black Salt (Kala Namak) as needed

Aratikaya Bajji ~ Plantain Fritters

Method Of Preparation -

Prepare the batter by mixing the chickpea flour, salt, ajwain, red chilli powder and adequate water to get a pancake batter consistency. Beat the batter and set aside.

Heat oil in a wok/kadai.

Peel the plantain and slice them vertically into thin slices.
(I first halved the plantain horizontally and then sliced due to practical considerations - my pan refused to handle such long ones :) )

When the oil is at the right temperature (a drop of batter put in the oil should rise to the top immediately), dip the plantain slices in the batter and fry until golden brown. Fry them in batches until all the slices are done.

Sprinkle black salt and serve with some chopped onions. 

Preparation Time 45 min 
Serves 3-4
Posted by Harini R on Monday, March 25, 2013


  1. wow, never thought of this, my MIL makes banana fritters, but this will be better considering they are not sweet, and lovely presentation

  2. Chala bagunnay.. Yummy !!

  3. Most delicious traditional Bhajji !!!

  4. Akila Says:
  5. Lovely bajjis
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  6. Looks so cripsy and nice.Love these anytime.

  7. Nisha Says:
  8. Perfect looking snack

  9. When I went to Chennai beach...I could not see any vendors:(...but bhajias are welcome anytime..home made or street made..i am game for them!

  10. Priya Suresh Says:
  11. love this crispy fritters, drooling rite now here.

  12. Srivalli Says:
  13. I love this Harini..the bajjis look so crispy and tempting!

  14. My mom used to make these often. They look super delicious.

  15. Super tempting raw banana bajji,love to have it with hot tea in the rainy evening..wonderful clicks and presentation.

  16. hmmmmmmmmmmmm tempting and my favourite bajji too.

  17. yummy bonda / bajji

  18. Yummy....oh they are the best....than onion or chilli

  19. Pavani Says:
  20. Oh yumm!! Aratikaya bajjilu chaal bavunnayi Harini.. Crispy on the outside, soft & delicious inside.
    Gavvalu props kuda bavunnayi.

  21. Unknown Says:
  22. oh oh!!! I am in the beach!!! these fritters took me there!!!!
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  23. Rajani S Says:
  24. There was this guy selling milaga bajjis near the bus stand. He would have other bajjis as well. This post reminded me of all that!

  25. veena Says:
  26. I am a regular to Marina and will not miss molaga bhajji there.Your looks so tempting!!

  27. preeti garg Says:
  28. I love pakora or fritter ... every kid lovin it
    Awesome recipe Thanks for linking with my event,

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