Looking for something spicy to snack on? Try cheese chilli bajji!

The spicy, salty snack can make anyone as excited as the characters of Kunchacko Boban and Shalini in the film Niram. Photo: Shutterstock/Sh17kumar

Remember the scene from the hit Malayalam movie Niram, in which Kunchacko Boban's and Shalini's characters enjoying hot mulaku bajji aka chilli bajji with some tomato ketchup?

This spicy, salty bajji aka pakora is something that can make anyone as excited as the actors in the sequence, and that's why chilly bajji stalls are popular even in our tourist destinations.

Ever thought what it would be like to make a 'cheesy' version of it? If you can't wait to taste it, here's the easy breezy recipe!

6 bajji chilies
1 cup chickpea flour
¼ cup dosa batter/ rice powder
1 tsp chili powder
¼ tsp asafoetida
Salt as required
For the filling
½ cup shallots
1 tbsp coriander leaves
1 gooseberry sized tamarind
½ cup mozzarella cheese
Salt as required

Mix the tamarind in water to make a pulp
Mix shallots, coriander leaves and salt in the tamarind pulp
Meanwhile, prepare a batter by mixing chickpea flour, dosa batter, chili powder, asafoetida powder, salt and water
Split the chilies and remove the seeds
Fill the chilies with the shallot mixture and mozzarella cheese
Dip the chilies with the filling in the batter
Fry in hot oil
Serve the fritters hot with coriander chutney or tomato ketchup

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