So what is your favourite rainy day snack? I am sure for most it will be bhajia and chai or some other fried snack. Nothing beats the combination, even the most die hard lean diet followers would agree. But how about some oil free bhajia? ”Is that even possible? It defintely cannot taste the same!” Well believe me when I say this it tastes ALMOST the same and thats a small price to pay for guilt free bhajia. They are actually healthy and gluten free. You can use a variety of vegetables and batter is just chickpea flour.
Take 1/2 cup chickpea flour in a bowl and add spices to taste – salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric poweder. Can add freshly chopped green chillies and coriander too I did not have them so havent used them here. Add a pinch of soda and water to make a paste. Separately chop onions, potato and any other vegetables and add it to the paste. The batter should be slightly thicker than usual
Now I did an experiment here. I divided the batter into two batches. I spread one batch on a glass plate and put it in the microwave for 3 minutes. The other batch, I steamed again in the microwave for 3 minutes. Both came out well cooked though the second one was quite moist. I sprayed oil over both the batches and put them in the glass plate and into the grill for 5 min turning in between. The first batch came out crispier and crunchier. So the moral of the story is , save yourself the trouble of steaming the fritters, just pop them into the microwave, grill for a while and you are done! Enjoy with some hot tea and chutney!