Potlakaaya Bajji

Friends. We know what they will bring to the table. Mirth, mischief or musings. Like we need shadruchulu, each meet a need. When it comes to vegetable friends, I know exactly what will potlakaaya bring to the table. A delicious bajji. Traditional Andhra food, prepared during festival celebratory meals, potlakaaya bajjis make a great snack item. With a tad of unique potlakaaya sweetness and aroma, they make tasty bajjis. Give the recipe a try when you find this vegetable on your trip to Indian grocery.

Potlakaaya Potlakaaya Rounds for Bajjis
Potlakaaya ………………….Potlakaaya Rounds for Bajjis

Potlakaaya Bajji
The recipe is for 12-inch long potlakaaya. Makes about 30 bajjis.

Potlakaaya – 12-inch length
Besan (gram flour) – 1-cup
Rice flour – quarter cup
Red chilli powder and salt – half teaspoon each
Baking Soda – a pinch
Peanut or Sunflower oil for deep-frying – about two to three cups
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Prepare Potlakaaya: Pick a firm and fresh looking potlakaaya for bajjis. Wash the potlakaaya. Cut and remove the ends. With a sharp knife, cut the body into rounds about quarter inch thick like shown in the photo above.

Prepare Besan Batter: In a vessel, take about a cup of besan. Add quarter cup of rice flour, a pinch of baking soda and half teaspoon each – salt and red chilli powder. Mix thoroughly. Make a well in the flour. Add quarter to half cup of water. Using a whisk or hand, adding water if required, make a thin and smooth batter free of lumps.

Prepare bajjis: Heat about three cups of oil in a deep skillet. When oil becomes hot, dip the potlakaaya rounds into besan batter. Drop them gently into hot oil one after another. Deep fry to crisp.

Enjoy this traditional Andhra snack hot. Great on its own or with rice and daal/sambar/curd combinations.

Potlakaaya Bajji ~ A Portrait
A Portrait of Potlakaaya Bajji ~ for Ugadi

16 Comments

  • By Madhu, March 30, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

    Bhajji looks mouthwatering..

  • By Jyothy, March 30, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

    Indira,

    Am a big fan of your recipies and website.
    Bajji with potlakaya sounds yummy..

    There used to be a huge rumour in 80’s about potlakaya cooked with egg being poisonous.Just seeing potlakya on your site made me think of it.

  • By rajitha, March 30, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    mmmmm…bajjis….drooling like Homer Simpson here ;) ..never had potlakaya bajji…will be trying this..bookmarked

  • By Trupti, March 30, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

    Indira, Bhajji looks superdelicious..lovely click

  • By Nirmala, March 30, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

    Oh they look so nice. The potalangai discs were so uniform! Amma yesterday made a green plantain bajji and now i know whats inline next ;)

  • By Sudha, March 31, 2009 @ 7:13 am

    first of the picture lokks great…picture intha bavunte inka bajji entha bavundo…..hmmmmm…….:)

  • By Kalyani, March 31, 2009 @ 8:30 am

    Yummy bajji’s ….. looks so tempting indira …….

  • By SJ, March 31, 2009 @ 9:42 am

    Anything deep fried has to taste good no? :P

  • By Le @HC, March 31, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

    Long time since we made Bajji at home.. Love both the pics…

  • By Indira, March 31, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

    Thanks ladies for your mouthwatering comments. :) Hope you too enjoy these bajjis soon.

  • By Vandya, April 1, 2009 @ 3:26 am

    Oh this is one of my favorites. Love the way your present your recipes.

  • By Cilantro, April 1, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

    We had a little snow mixed with rain today. This would be a perfect snack for an evening like today.

  • By Vishali, April 2, 2009 @ 10:25 am

    wow potlakaya bajji..never heard of it Indira garu….looks delcious….I never find this veggie in our market here. Back home they prepare nice curry with it.D)

  • By nithya at hungydesi, April 4, 2009 @ 9:44 am

    my dad has been growing very long potlakayas in his garden…i’m sending this to him. maybe i’ll even get some nice potlakaya bajji when i go home!

  • By Neetu, April 25, 2009 @ 9:56 am

    Indira garu,
    I have been a fan of your website since last 2 years and is my only source for vegetarian dishes.

    I have some comments on the new website.
    * I understand that the recipes from old site will be transferred to the new and I am waiting for that day. It is a little inconvenient to search in both the places.

    * I also liked the ingredients listed in the left in the old website, instead of the listbox in the new website.

    * It would be nice to be able to print one recipe. I usually print one recipe and try it out. If I like the outcome, I put it in my recipe box.

    Thanks
    Neetu

  • By versa kay, November 16, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    I relish bajjies be they of ridge gourd, green banana, bottle gourd, onion and of course of chilly. But potla kaya, not heard of. Must be delicious, especially with tender slices like the ones in the alluring picture.

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