Milagai bajji / chilli bajji is a traditional south Indian tea time snack, which is thoroughly enjoyed in the evenings. You can easily find stalls selling them in Chennai Marina beach, small tea shops in Chennai or in busy marketplaces. The milagai bajjis can be easily prepared at home.
The bajji vendors in Marina beach will be shouting bajji maa bajji (fried fritters Madam) and also says the names of bajjis - raw banana, chilli, onion, cauliflower and potato. We know a vendor who makes very tasty and crispy bajjis and serves with a spicy chutney in paper plates and we make it a point to always find that stall and have their bajjis. We just sit in the sand and enjoy the crispy bajji. My favourites are milagai bajji (chilli fritter) and vazhakkai bajji (raw banana fritter).
I have used thick light green chillies, which is not hot like other chillies, but a bit mild for me. They can be easily found in the markets. You can also use any long chillies that are not very hot. It is known as bajji milagai or banana peppers. I sit in my garden and relish this in the evening with a cup of tea. It is more enjoyable if it is raining. I have added rice flour and biryani colour (orange or sunset colour) in my batter, for the extra crispness and colour, similar to what we get in Marina beach bajji stalls.
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Cuisine: Tamil Nadu
Preparing the batter
Making the bajjis