Aratikaya Bajji ~ Raw Plantain Fritters

Pulihora, Aratikaya bajji and Coconut chutney

Bajjis, gold colored, savory, crowd pleasing treats that bring life to a special occasion. During my growing years, you could find me sitting on the beach wall (Vizag is blessed with a beautiful coastline) with family or friends relishing murri mixture and raw plantain bajjis stuffed with raw onions and lemon juice. ๐Ÿ™‚

For Ugadi, we prepared aratikaya bajjis which make a great side with pulihora. Here goes the recipe.

Aratikaya Bajji Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 30 mts

Cuisine: Andhra



2 peeled and sliced raw plantain

1 1/4 cups besan

1 tbsp rice flour

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp ajwain/waamu

salt to taste

oil for deep frying

1 In a vessel, combine besan, rice flour, salt, red chilli pwd, ajwain, baking soda and enough water to make a slightly thick smooth batter.
2 Heat oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed vessel and once oil is piping hot, reduce to medium flame. Dip each plantain slice in the batter till its well coated and place in hot oil. Place 6-8 bajjis based on the size of the vessel and fry till golden brown. Increase flame towards the end of the cooking process when the bajjis attain a golden shade, drain and place on absorbent paper.
3 Serve hot.

Aratikaya Bajji ~ Raw Plantain Fritters

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  raw plantain


20 thoughts on “Aratikaya Bajji ~ Raw Plantain Fritters

  1. Sailu, you are a magician!! Where is your magic wand that churns out such marvellous dishes each time – can I borrow it!! I’m a fan.

  2. Hi Sailu,

    I was amazed on how you got that rectangular shape and with a soft texture at the edges.

    Even I do in the same way. But I make round slices out of raw bananas and used to have with tomato ketchup.

  3. Wow.. artikaya bajjilu and vizag beach! Nostalgic!!
    I make them often but the raw onion taste of the ones given by the muri mixture guy is very different to what we make at home! is it just raw onions and lime juice or something else?
    lovely posts by the way. Belated Ugadi wishes.

    I guess a dash of masala chilli pwd gives it a unique flavor, Josh.

  4. the whole banana leaf is filled with yummmmm feast; i love these bajjis ( we call it vazhakka bhajji); we buy them (there’s a special taste in those from the roadside vendors ๐Ÿ™‚ in the evenings when we go to India, by 6.30 these bhajjis get over leaving behind the other varieties of bhajjis ๐Ÿ™‚ love them!

  5. My mother’s family is also from Vizag, and on our visits to our Vizag I am always envious of the fact that my mom can indulge in the foods sold along the beach walls while I (born and brought up in the US, and therefore extremely susceptible to illness in India) cannot. Thanks for the recipe! Just looking at the picture makes my mouth water~

  6. ipudu naku a beach lo bajji kaavali…Artikaya bajji, muri mixture and sukh sagar fruit juice!! those were the days…:)

    thanks for the recipe:)

  7. I know this is quite an old post but the recipe helped me today. The bajjis were awesome n we had them with onion salt lemon chilly powder mixture… Yummmj

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