Mulaku Bajji (Jalapeño Fritters with Mint Chutney)

Author Notes: Served with a mint chutney, these fritters have the perfect balance of textures and flavors: the spicy pepper against the cool mint yogurt, crispy and soft at the same time. It makes for an excellent tea time snack with a cup of hot chai.

- If you'd like to make it less spicy, gently slit open the peppers and take out the seeds. Soak in cold water for a few minutes and then pat dry.
- To check if your oil is hot enough, drop a little batter in. If it puffs up, you're ready to start frying.
- If you'd like to "fancy it up," consider stuffing the peppers with either paneer or ricotta.
Aysha | The Malabar Tea Room

Makes: 7 fritters


For the bajji (fritters):

  • 7 jalapeños (roughly 250 grams)
  • 1 cup gram flour
  • 1/4 cup corn flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup water, plus more if needed
  • 4 cups vegetable oil
  • Salt, to taste

For the mint chutney:

  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 green chile
  • 4 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 splash lime juice
  • Salt, to taste
In This Recipe


  1. To make the bajjis, remove the stalks from the jalapeños, drain the liquid out of them, and rinse in cold water. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients, except for salt.
  3. Pour water into the dry ingredients, and stir. The batter needs to be thick, with no lumps. Add more water if needed.
  4. Heat the oil in a deep-bottomed pan over medium heat.
  5. Once hot, carefully take 2 teaspoons of the oil from the pan and mix into the batter until well-combined.
  6. Dip each jalapeño into the batter, until well-coated, then slowly lower into the pan with oil.
  7. Using this method, deep-fry each pepper until golden. Transfer onto a paper towel.
  8. To make the chutney, grind the mint leaves, garlic and chiles to a fine paste. Stir in the yogurt, lime juice, and salt.
  9. Serve the fried peppers with the chutney.

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