Friday, March 4, 2011

Recipe of the month: Goli Baje (Mangalore Bajji)

Conversation 1

Me: "Hey hon, what snack should I make when we have guests over for dinner this weekend?"

Hubby: "Goli baje"

Conversation 2

Me: "It's one of those rainy evenings....wouldn't it be nice to munch on a fried snack with coffee? What would you like?"

Hubby:"Goli baje"

Conversation 3

Me: "We're leaving to India in a few days. What special dish are you going to ask your mom to prepare for you?" 

Hubby: "Goli baje"

Conversation 4

Hubby: "Babe, you know what you haven't made in a long time?

Goli baje!"

Me: ***rolls eyes***

Now that you've read these snippets of conversation between me and my hubby, no prizes for guessing what his favorite fried snack is! 

Goli baje is popularly known as Mangalore bajji and it is something that is prepared regularly in my family. This is a really simple snack to make and you will find that the ingredients for it are something that are commonly found in every Indian household. So, in addition to being easy to make and delicious, there is the added bonus of not having to rush to the store during those fried food cravings.   

Goli Baje (Mangalore Bajji)

Preparation time: Quick method: 30 min; Prolonged: 6hr 
Serves: 2-3
Recipe category: Snack (South Indian)
Recipe Level: Easy
Recipe source: My amma 


1 cup refined flour/maida
¼ cup rice flour
1 tbsp fine semolina (chiroti rava)
1 cup thick sour yogurt
¼ cup finely chopped red onions
1 tbsp minced green chillies
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander and curry leaves
½ tsp cumin seeds/jeera
a pinch of asafoetida/hing (optional)
a pinch of cooking soda (bicarbonate of soda) or 3/4 tsp eno fruit salt
Salt to taste
Vegetable oil for deep frying + 2 tbsp to add to batter


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl (except the cooking soda or eno). The batter should be of medium to thick consistency.
  2. Keep closed for 5-6 hours. This step is not mandatory but I would suggest letting it stand for a while.
  3. Just before frying, add 2 tbsp hot the hot oil and give the ingredients a mix. Now add the soda/eno, mix well and immediately test fry one bajji. The outside of the bajji should be golden brown and the inside should neither be too dense or too hollow. You should be able to see air pockets within. Adjust the soda/eno to get the right texture.
  4. Serve hot with coconut chutney and/or your choice of sauce. 

  • Use fresh oil for best results
  • You can add fresh ginger or finely chopped fresh coconut in the batter if desired



  1. Very nice! looks like this one is dedicated to me ;) he hee... naan s'pore bandaaga yella maadi kodu aaytha? ;p

  2. Sure :) Aamele neenu kalthkondu nange maadkodu :D

  3. Mouth watering indeed!!

  4. I was actually looking for a goli baje recipe. Thanks for making my quest easy:) I am inspired!

  5. Tumba chennagide..recepie share maadidakke tumba thanks...


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