Indians have a penchant for all things spicy, don’t you think? Most of us love a hint of chilli in our food, be it curries, snacks, pickles or chutneys. While we love that speck of mirch in our sabzis, crispy, many crunchy snacks are also enjoyed for the spice kick they offer.  Rajasthani Mirchi Vada is one such snack. A popular street side snack across the royal state, one can easily find mirchi vada anywhere from a local hawker to a heritage resort in Jodhpur. Also known as Jodhpuri Mirchi Vada, it is so popular that you won’t find a single street in the city without a mirchi vada vendor. The locals also call it stuffed chili cutlet to make foreigners understand the snack better. And if you think you have a good spice tolerance because you can easily gobble up those spicy saucy wings, mirchi vada is sure to make you think twice.

Huge mirchis or green chilies, slit open and stuffed with a masala aloo filling made of amchoor, cumin, coriander powder, chili powder, asafoetida and other spices, sounds like your snack? This sure makes for one amazing delight when dipped in a besan batter and deep fried till crisp. While you can always get it anywhere on the streets of Rajasthan, many people make it at home and even experiment with their choice of spices. From garlic, ginger and a variety of chutneys, one can go all out to experiment with mirchi vadas. You can drizzle chilli chutney or coriander chutney over the mirchi vadas to make it all the more spicier. Fun fact: There's a south Indian version of mirchi vadas too which is called Mirchi Bajji.

 

Mirchi vada isn’t just a snack to binge on with your evening cup of tea, people love to fry them up during the peak monsoon season. And these are also quite a popular breakfast treat in Rajasthan. You simply need to serve them with a side of tomato chutney and watch everyone in your family polish it off no time. 

Find the full recipe of Mirchi Vada here. Try it at home and let us know your experience.