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Mirchi Vada

Mirchi vada or mirchi bajji is a hot spicy favourite snack of Indian origin consisting of batter fried stuffed chillies. A special variety of chillies is used for this purpose, which is actually not very spicy and hence appeals to spice-lovers as well as others alike.

Ingredients and Preparation

Large green chillies, boiled potatoes, Red chili and Garam masala, Chaat masala powders, Chopped green coriander, Salt; Batter prepared with gram flour, Baking powder, Red chili powder and Oil for deep frying with Salt.

Boiled potates are grated and spiced with dry masala powders, salt and coriander. This mixture is stuffed into slit large green chillies after deseeding. A thick smooth batter is prepared mixing water along with all the other ingredients.

The stuffed chillies are coated in the batter and deep fried till golden brown.

Nutritive Value

A serving size of 2 stuffed chillies ~ 200 g would supply-

• A total of ~466.8 calories, calories from fat being 239.6 calories.

• Total fat content of 21.5 g, saturated fat content of 2.9 g, polyunsaturated fat 11.8 g and monounsaturated fat 5.4 g. Cholesterol content of 0.6 mg.

• Sodium content of 967.5 mg and Potassium content of 440.6 mg.

• Total carbohydrate content of 56.8 g with sugar 7.4 g and dietary fibre content of 7.2 g with other carbohydrate components making up the remainder.

• Total protein content of 11.8 g.

• Estimated percent calories from fat is 54.7%, from carbohydrates is 34.3 % and from proteins 11 %.

Instead of deep frying, pan-frying the Mirchi vadas would lessen the total fat content. Also, adding some crushed groundnuts and sesame seeds to the potato stuffing would enhance protein, fibre, Vitamin E, phosphorus, magnesium, iron value.