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Mirchi Vada (Chili Fritter)

Mirchi Vada, or Mirchi Bhaji, is a popular Rajasthani snack. This dish of green chilies filled with spicy potatoes, dipped in batter and fried, makes a mouthwatering snack for people who love hot, spicy food.

makes 8.

Mirchi Vada (Chili Fritter)Ingredients:

  • 8 green chillies (I use yellow chilli peppers)

For Filling

  • 1 cup potatoes boiled peeled and mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (hara dhania)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder (lal mirch), (optional)

For Batter

  • 1/2 cup Besan (gram flour), (available in Indian grocery stores)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/8 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped (hara dhania)
  • Approx. ¼ cup water

Also need oil to deep fry


  1. Vertically slit the chili and remove the seeds,.but not the stems. Set aside.
  2. Mix all the filling ingredients together and set aside.
  3. To make the vada batter, mix all the dry ingredients together: Besan, cumin seeds, baking powder and salt. Add the water slowly to make thick smooth batter, the consistency of pancake batter.
  4.  Add cilantro and mix it well.
  5. Stuff the chilies with potato mix.
  6. Heat one inch of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. To test, put one drop of batter in the oil. The batter should form a small ball on the surface of the pan, but not change color right away.
  7. Dip the filled chilies in the batter one at a time, making sure each is covered with batter all around. Drop slowly into the frying pan.
  8. Fry the mirchi vada until all sides are golden brown, four to five minutes, turning occasionally. Take them out and place them on a paper towel.
  9. Vadas are best served hot. Serve them  Tamarind Chutney.


  1. You can prepare the Mirchi Vadas in advance, and heat them in a 300°F oven before serving.
  2. The left over makes great sandwiches.




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21 thoughts on “Mirchi Vada (Chili Fritter)

  1. Dear Manjula. I love spicy and fairly hot, but some of my friends and family do not like too hot. Can you suggest a “moderately” hot pepper that I can use to make this. I don’t know the names of peppers well, except jalapeno and bell peppers.

  2. Hi ma’am
    I follow most of ur receipes n I get appreciation from my family.
    I need one receipe called chakodi in telugu I don’t know what they say in hindi.
    Made with rice flour please give that receipe for me….

  3. I made this vadas with jalapeno peppers as that is what I had on hand. I scoured the seeds out well and made the vadas per instructions. They turned out awesome. These are pakoras with a very tasty twist. Thank you, Ms Manjula.

  4. Can’t wait to try this out, especially in this weather. And the good part is that they don’t look too greasy too.
    Manjula Aunty, as always, you look so pretty in sari.

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