This Karnataka speciality is known by different local names in different regions. It is called as "Oggarane" in central and northern Karnataka. Mirchi bajji is a nice combination which goes well with this and is traditionally made as morning breakfast or as an evening snack. This is a low calory dish. If you are not a the spicy kind you can use capsicum for the bajji as we have done here.
Ingredients for Bajji's :
- Gram flour - 1 cup
- Green chilli - 3 nos.
- Ginger - very small piece
- Oil for frying
- Salt to taste
- Water - 1/2 cup
- Grind green chillies and ginger into a fine paste.
- Add water, salt and the above paste to the gram flour and make a fine mixture as shown above.
- Now dip the capsicum in the mixture and deep fry them well in oil in medium heat.
- Bajjis are ready to be served hot with Oggarane.
Ingredients for Oggarane:
- Puffed rice - 250 gms
- Peanuts - 2 spoons
- Bengal gram (Chana dal) - 1 tsp
- Black gram (Urid dal) - 1 tsp
- Cumin (Jeera) - 1 tsp
- Mustard Seeds (Rai) - 1tsp
- Curry leaves
- Green chillies - 4 nos.
- Onions - 2 nos.
- Tomatoes - 4 nos.
- Oil - 3 spoons
- Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
- Corriander leaves for garnishing
- Heat oil in a pan and add peanuts, chana dal and urid dal and fry for a while and then add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
- Now add curry leaves green chillies and onions. Add little turmeric powder and fry them well.
- Then add finely chopped tomatoes and fry them well.
- Now soak puffed rice in water for about 10 seconds drain water and add the puffed rice to the above fried mixture.
- Add salt according to taste and mix them well.
- Garnish with fresh corriander leaves and serve Oggarane hot along with hot mirchi bajjis.
There are various varieties of puffed rice, some are already salted, so be aware of the fact when you use salt, also never allow salt to dominate the taste.