The worst emotion that you could ever be at the mercy of is Hangry! Being hungry makes me super irritable. And the absolute worst is being Hangry, being in the hot sun and at the same time thinking about your adulting problems. Hunger just amplifies all those feelings. Suddenly you start thinking about those deadlines that are coming at you like a massive tsunami and bills you need to pay. Suddenly you remember that text that bae selectively chose not to respond to. Hunger can really stir up emotions! But thank God, when we are in need of a quick meal, street food is always there to rescue us!
I was Kraving some bhajia the entire day yesterday, and when the kraving kalls, you have to heed. I kept you in on my bhajia hunt yesterday afternoon on my Instagram story under the series #KaluhisKravings. Thanks to Safaricom 4G, I was able to document it all without any hitches and with the little airtime I had. After a quick bhajia lunch from Diamond Plaza and my soul literally calmed down. I loved it so much, I decided to give this a #K twist and that led to my spectacular Lemon bhajia Masala.
The bhajia I had yesterday at Diamond plaza were delicious, but I felt the sauce may have been better if it had more defined and deeper flavor. The upgrade of what I had yesterday is based on that.
So lets get right to it!
PREP TIME: COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES SERVES: 3
1/2 a cup of garam flour (chick pea flour)
Finely chopped coriander
8 cloves of garlic
1 sprig of rosemary
For the masala sauce
Finely chopped red onion
Fresh coriander for garnish
2 grated tomatoes
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1/2 a teaspoon of kez organics chili paste
1/2 a teaspoon of cumin
1/2 a teaspoon of paprika
1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 a tablespoon of black pepper
Salt to taste
1/2 a lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
In a pan, add your red onion, allow it to cook down until softened. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, the spices, soy sauce and the chili paste and a small bit of hot water and allow this to simmer on low heat for about 5-10 minutes so that all the flavors combine.
It should look like this after it is done. Give it a taste and adjust the spices as you prefer. If you want it to be be really hot, always add more chili paste. I like Kez Organics chili paste since it is really potent and a little goes a long way. You can also use fresh chili and adjust it according to your preference.
Just before switching it off, add some lemon juice and mix it in.
Once done, turn off the heat and get to the bhajia.
Peel your potatoes and put them to boil together with the rosemary and garlic but not all the way through. Most people do not boil their potatoes for the bhajia, but I boil mine since this is how the garlic and rosemary flavor infuse into the potatoes. This would not be possible for raw potatoes. Once done, slice them into 1/4 inch slices and set aside.
In a container, add your garam flour (chick pea flour), and mix this all up until it has the consistency of thick yogurt. Add the water bit by bit so that you do not make the batter to watery. Remember- bit by bit. If your batter is too light, it will not stick to the potatoes. Add your finely chopped coriander once the ideal consistency of the batter is attained.
Place your sliced potatoes into the batter and coat them. Heat some vegetable oil and allow them to cook until the exterior is crispy. Once done,allow excess oil to drain then proceed to add them to the masala sauce.
Toss the bhajia in the masala sauce and garnish with some more fresh coriander.
This is one of the tastiest upgrade you will ever have for our everyday Bhajia! Saucey, spicy, zesty bhajia with deep flavors. You can literally taste everything; note by note- from the chili, to the zesty lemon to the softness of the fresh cumin. I loved it all!!!
I hope to do more food adventures and I know with Safaricom 4G, that is very much possible! I hope you guys too switched to 4G, so that you can watch my videos stress free under the #KaluhisKravings series without buffering. If not, what are you waiting for?!! I also am so glad it is not as expensive as I though it would be and way more efficient than 3G, so cheers to more Insta Stories!!!
Don’t you just want to have some of this today??! This would be unbelievably delicious with my Triple D drumsticks and some coleslaw. Or some fish fingers together with a mango salad with passion fruit syrup!
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