Stuffed Menasinkayi (Chilli) Bajjis and Wheat Payasa

Chilli Bajjis

Crisp hot and spicy…the finger licking attributes of a Menasinkayi Bajji. This Kannada word translates to chilli/pepper fritters. Cubanelle peppers are dipped in a thick batter and deep fried. Cubanelle Peppers are large sweet peppers and are not very spicy. In India they are small and spicy. When they are stuffed they taste even better.

You will need:

8-10 Cubanelle Peppers (Bajji Menasinkayi)

1 ½ cups Besan Flour

3 tbsps Rice flour

2 tsps Red chilli powder

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

For stuffing:

4 tbsps Fresh grated coconut

1 ½ tsps Cumin powder

¼ tsp Salt

Slit peppers all way down on one side in the centre to make an opening. Remove seeds or leave them in if you want it spicy. Mix the coconut, cumin powder and salt. Fill each pepper with a little bit of this mixture. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a large deep pan. Mix besan flour, rice flour, chilli powder and salt with water to make a thick lumpless batter. Add a little of the hot oil to the batter. This helps make the bajjis crisp. Rice flour also serves the same purpose, so you can avoid adding Cooking soda(usually added to make bajjis crisp) which makes bajjis absorb a lot of oil while frying.

Dip each pepper in the batter to coat completely and drop slowly in the hot oil. Fry on both sides till its golden brown. Don’t overheat the oil, this will make the outside brown very quickly and prevent insides from cooking. Drain excess oil on paper towels. Serve hot.

Wheat Payasa

½ cup Cracked wheat

¾ cup Powdered Jaggery

1 ½ cups Water

1 tsp Cardamom powder

2 tbsps Ghee

1 tbsp Cashewnuts (split)

1 tbsp Raisins

Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Fry the cashews and raisins for a few minutes. Add the cracked wheat and fry for a minute or two. Add the measured water and jaggery, close lid. When steam begins to rise, place weight and cook on low for 8 minutes. When done, mix well, stir in cardamom powder and serve.


  1. hey nams - u dong grt job :)
    No doudt,wheat payasa & chilli bajjis make awesome combo!!!!!!
    Plz let me knw where to shop for cracked wheat or whole wheat ?
    how to crack wheat???

  2. love wheat anything. have bookmarked the payasa. thanks for the recipe.

  3. Nice combo....wheat paayasa looks so yummy. coconut filing to bajjis is new to me, they looks moutheatering Namratha.

  4. wow awesome godi payasa all time favorite iam drooling at those mirchi bajjis :)

  5. the bajjis are looking awesome girl!! the payasa is perfect to counter the heat....

  6. Great combo, HOT and SWEET!:D
    I love tumbida bajji too. Godhi payasa is new to me.Thanks Nammu:))

  7. Yummm Love the chilly bajis. Here i have seen those chillies in Turkish shops, next time when i see them i am going to make them and try it.

  8. Hey thanks Shru! :) You get ready cracked wheat in any Indian store.

    Thanks for stopping by Bee:)

    Thanks Madhu, try the filling, bajjis become tastier :D

    Thanks Roopa :)

  9. Right Rajitha, its perfect to beat the heat!

    Thanks Asha dear:)

    Wow Turkish shops, Happy cook you should try these at home.. ;)

  10. ummmmm Namratha.....I am ready for Chilli Bajjis any time dear....Look yummmmmmm

  11. Menasina kayi bajji looks yummy though I have chilli Phobia. Pass on that godhi payasa to me. Any payasa is welcome at my place.

  12. jaggery in godi payasa brings out its true essence... love it...

  13. Hehe...same here Sirisha!:) Bajjis anytime!!

    You have Chilli phobia Suma??? I can't imagine food without chillis! :D Payasa is headed your way :)

    So true Sia, makes it all the more yummier! ;)

  14. I LOVE stuffed peppers...and all battered and fried like that, they look to die for!!!

  15. miss mensinakayi bajjji from the roadside gadiwallas..looks super yumm!

  16. Thanks Meeso:) these peppers are sure to die for!! :-D

    Thanks Suman, I miss the gaadiwala bajjis too...hence made them at home! ;)

  17. cracked wheat payasam sound interesting. will make it sometime:)
    last time I make chilli bajis I forgot to take the seeds off. we all were crying while having them. hot waves coming out of ears:))

  18. Hi All,
    I was Luck enfough to have Namarath's Bajji with Wheat payas @ her home. It was really fingerlicking ..i returned home with full box of payas and had for 2days and licked the finger untill the sweetness gone :( ..
    She is really a great cook and presenter too and helping us in making cooking simpler :) ..Thanks a lot for the invitation

  19. Thanks Jyothi, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)


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