Nov 11, 2013

Pidatakinda Pappu - Bajji Masala

Today my recipe under Evening snack is a favorite as a street food and also as evening snack. Not only in Andhra pradesh this snack is a favorite all over India with different names. With a very little changes this is a favorite snack as Jhalmuri, Bhelpuri, muri mixture and many other names. This is a favorite snack all over Andhra Pradesh, which is well known as Pidatakinda pappu or Muntakinda pappu. And in some reagions it is well known as Bajji Masala. Actually Bajji masala is included with chopped mirchi bajji or raw plantain bajji. But some they don't add bajji in Muntakinda pappu.
                                                 Let's check why the name came Muntakinda pappu. In Telugu Munta means earthen pot Pappu means dal (like peanut and dalia). Normally the street vendors spread the Pappu on a big plate, they fill the earthen pot with charcoal fire, This earthen pot will have small holes in it. They place this pot filled with fire on pappu because of the heat, pappu will be warm and crisp for long time. when the customer comes the vendor will lift the pot and take some pappu and mix with all the other ingredients. Actually this street vendors mix this maramarala mixture in a coconut shell and serve it in a banana leaf or in a news paper. But now a days they change this coconut shell in to steel bowl, but still the snack is very popular.

                                                   In my childhood one pushcart vendor used to come every day evening 5 o clock with this Pidatakinda pappu and bajji masala. I used to buy every day but after some time Amma started to make this for me. So this is my all time favorite snack, let's check the recipe... 

Maramaralu (puffed rice)  ----  2 cups
Onion   ----   1 big finely chopped
Tomato   ---- 1 big finely chopped
Green chillies   ---  1 chopped (optional)
Lemon   ----  1
Peanuts  ---  1 tab sp (roasted and remove the skin)
Dalia (putnalu, roasted gram) ---  1/2 tab sp
Mirchi bajji  ----  1 chopped (or you can use raw plantain bajji)
Coriander leaves  ---   1 tab sp chopped
Red chilli powder  ---   1/2 tea sp
Salt to taste
1. Dry roast puffed rice for a while and set a side.
2. Then dry roast dalia for few seconds remove and set a side.
3. In a big mixing bowl take all the ingredients, squeeze the lemon juice mix well with a spoon
4. Let it sit for five minutes then serve so that puffed absorb the flavors and puffed rice become little soft.

And this onion stuffed bajji s are my mother s specialty. It is a very simple snack but taste really delicious and easy to make. You can make this with mirchi bajji or raw plantain bajji or potato bajji.
Take bajji and make a slit on it don't cut till end just make a slit in the middle so that you can fill the bajji with onion mixture
For filling---
Onion   ---- 1 big finely chopped
Lemon juice from one lemon
Red chilli powder 1/4 tea sp
Salt to taste
Chat masala   ---   1/2 tea sp
Lemon juce of a half lemon
Mix chopped onion, red chilli powder, salt to taste mix well and fill this onion mixture in bajjis.
Place all the onion filled bajjis in a plate and sprinkle with chat masala and lemon juice.
Enjoy your evening snack with a cup of hot tea or coffee.
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Priya Suresh said...

Would love to invite myself to ur place Padma, irresistible..

Hari Chandana said...

Looks amazing :)

Srivalli said...

Padma you should invite us home ok..with such delicious dishes we would love to feast!

cookingwithsapana said...

Wow ! Wish I could get it rite now... Looks superb!!

Harini R said...

Amazing snack! My husband loves these kinds of spicy snacks!

Rajani S said...

I guess the days of simple things like coconut shells are over. But at least the passion for the food remains, so I guess its ok :)...

veena said...

Like everyone said, you should invite us:-)

Anonymous said...

Loveed the stuffed bhajjis...

Gayathri Kumar said...

Looks absolutely delicious Padma. That onion stuffed bajji looks inviting...

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

What a treat this is! Love the spread and the set up...The onion stuffed bajji's are so mouthwatering :)

Pavani said...

Sooo tempting snack. The entire platter looks amazing.

sushma said...

Yummy. My mouthwatering already

Chef Mireille said...

what a great snack