Masala Cut Mirchi is a popular street food from Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. These are deep fried Chilli Bajjis stuffed with onions, masala powder and lime.
As I mentioned yesterday, I got to know about the different dishes that hubby dear enjoyed during his childhood days in one of our discussions last week. As in a true sense of pursuit of happiness, I wanted to recreate the magic of our childhood and see if we can capture that essence again. Of course when I probed him further to ask if it tasted same, he disappointed me saying that it was so long that he no longer remembers the taste. I reminded him of Ratatouille. It was one of the finest movies we watched, especially with a food backdrop.
Whenever he says I should make like what my Amma makes or like Athamma makes, he reminds me that as Anton remembers his mom’s cooking, the dish should bring in the same effect. So I told him this ought to remind him of his childhood. He replied back saying Vankaya Pappu has that effect and nothing else. Well, that’s bad as he had to eat this, but when he did he said he tasted great.
Of course, I didn’t give this to Konda, but imagine my nephew and nieces eating this with great enjoyment. They love Cut Mirchi and with the masala no doubt!
Then once it is done, there are two ways to do it. Either you sauté the finely chopped onions in a pan, add coriander, spice powder along with the Cut Mirchi. Saute well and serve.
The other way is to add the onions and coriander raw with the masala sprinkled on top with lemon squeezed. This is typically served in a paper cone that is so famous for the roadside eatery shops.
Masala Cut Mirchi
Prepared Mirapakaya Bajji – 5
Onions – 1
Masala powder – 2 tsp
Masala powder (Pappula podi) – Roasted fried gram, Red Chili powder, Garlic and Salt to taste
Cut the Mirapakaya Bajji into small pieces.
Heat Oil in a Kadai, deep fry the bajjis till they are a little brown.
Heat a pan with oil, saute the onions, add the hot Cut Mirchi, sprinkle the spice powder, salt and coriander leaves.
Just before serving sprinkle lime juice on the cut mirchi.
Serve with onions.
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