I came across these bright green stout chillies at an Indian grocery shop here. Upon asking, the shop owner approved of their use in making bhajjis. I instantly picked them up with a plan to make bhajjis for my guests who were expected at our place. As I reached home the plan got changed, and I opt to prepare bharwan mirch. Later in the evening, this dish was served with hot cup of tea to my guests and they liked it very much. I hope you too enjoy this recipe that is made with besan.
10 large light green chillies/ banana peppers
1 cup chick pea flour/ besan
2 tbsp fresh grated coconut
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
1/2 tsp fennel seeds [Optional you can use sesame seeds, nigella seeds]
A pinch of asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp of red chili powder [optional depends on how spicy the chillies are]
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala [ You can substitute this with kitchen king masala]
1 tsp amchur powder
Salt as per taste
1 tsp sugar /brown sugar
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp of finely chopped coriander leaves
Wash and clean green chillies. Slit them vertically on one side from top to tip of it. Remove the seeds [I do this to keep them less spicy] and don't cut the stalks. Keep them aside.
Meanwhile dry roast the chickpea flour in heavy bottom vessel/ pan on low heat till you get nice aroma of the flour. Keep it aside. Take oil in the same pan, add onions and saute till it turns translucent. Add grated coconut and fry it. Add hing, all dry spice powders, garam masala and stir well. Add the roasted besan and switch off the flame. Now add amchur powder, fennel seeds [optional sesame seeds or nigella seeds], chopped coriander leaves, sugar and salt as per the taste. Mix well and allow it to cool. Stuff this besan mixture in slit chillies and shallow fry them with little oil on pan. Keep the flame to medium and cover the pan. Turn it on another side and continue cooking till the chillies and mixture gets cooked/browned. Switch off the flame. Sprinkle some finely chopped coriander leaves, grated coconut and serve it as yummy starter/ evening snack or you can serve them as a great accompaniment to any meal.
Tempted with this super tempting chillies??? Do try them and let me know.
Happy cooking !