Goli Bajji is a very popular and classic snack from south Canara. It is one of the regular snack items listed in most Udupi restaurants during the evening tea time as commonly known as ‘Bisi Bisi Goli Bajii’ which means Hot Hot Goji Bajji. It is also called as Mangalore Bajji is some places. Goli Bajji is slightly similar to a bonda but different in size, it is small tiny puffed up balloon shaped, slightly bigger than the marble size, is soft and elastic but tastes absolutely awesome.
Goli Bajji is served with either coconut chutney or coriander chutney. These tiny spicy deep fried balls can also be eaten with tomato sauce or ketchup or by itself. Goli bajji is a popular evening snack that goes along well with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Once you taste this small goli bajjis, the craving of eating more will naturally increase as its very delicious, yummy, soft and just be popped into your mouth like a small tennis ball.
Goli bajji or Mangalore bajji is nicely made from a mix of maida, rice flour, sour curd, fresh coconut meat, cumin seeds, black pepper corns, green chillies, freshly chopped coriander leaves, curry leaves, hing, chopped ginger, pinch sugar, salt to taste, baking soda, dash of lime juice, and little water, oil, all mix well together to make a thick batter. This is made into small dumplings and deep fried in hot oil until they are done and get a nice color around.
This snack is popularly known as Golibaje in Tulu, language spoken in Mangalore. They often eat this at tea time. Goli bajji is a spongy deep fried fritter, is packed with amazing flavors, mildly spiced, kids would love to eat. The essence from freshly chopped curry leaves gives an earthy flavor to the bajji while hing (asafetida), pepper corns and jeera offers a unique savor and also aids in digestion. A dash of lime juice gives a fantastic zing to the bajji.
Bajji or Fritter: Bajji or Bhaji or Bhajji is unique spicy Indian snack similar to the pakora or fritters made with several variants. It is a very popular tea time snack or often eaten during monsoon season. Bajjis are popular street food snack especially available in dhabas on highways. They are eaten generally with a piping hot cup of coffee or tea. A basic recipe of consists of chopped onions, flours like gram flour and rice flour, spices and herbs, all mixed together with little water and deep fried until golden in color. There are myriad variants of bajjis that is made with chillies, potatoes, eggplant, plantain, egg, etc.
Fritter is a name applied to a wide variety of fried foods, usually consisting of a portion of batter or breading which has been filled with bits of vegetable, meat, seafood, fruit, or other ingredients. One can make either savoury or sweet fritters. The savoury fritters are often eaten during snack or tea-time and breakfast at times.
Fritters are extremely popular roadside snacks available all over South Asia which are commonly known as Pakora/ Pakoda or Bhajji or bajji in local parlance. Fritters are exclusively dough or batter based food stuffs. A vegetable dipped and fried in a light crispy batter and served as common accompaniment to meals makes a filling meal when you crave for a yum snack to eat.
There is a wide range of bajjis/ fritters are one can make with vegetables, meats etc. Some of the popular and mouth-watering bajji recipes are:
Potato Fritters - Aloo Bajji Pakora
Spicy Raw Plantain Fritters
Mirchi Vada bajji
Pakoda Bajji Veg Fritters
Fried Boiled Eggs - Egg Pakora
Methi Bajji - Pakoda From Maharashtra
Serve hot with any sauce of your choice. Fresh homemade Goli bajji is an excellent way to treat your palate on any rainy day.
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