30 BASALE SOPPINA BHAJJI

Basale Soppu / Bachali Kurakku / Kodi Pasalai /Vine or Creeping or Climbing or Malabar Spinach Bhajji/Bajji/Fritters.

 

These leaves are slightly thicker than regular spinach and more intense in flavor. This variety produces dark green leaves and vines and the stem are either green or violet in color. This plant was grown right in our garden at home( Mom's place in Bangalore), as kids we used to play with these leaves and especially the fruit. They were green and violet in colors and we used to remove and press to make colors and squeeze on others for fun or draw on ground.
After many years had the chance to cook with these leaves, my neighbour friend grows these leaves in her garden and every summer she shares them with me and now her mom who is visiting her has given me some more recipes using the leaves and stem( typical Mangalorean dishes) which I am yet to try.



Making bhajjis is not something new to me. My mom used to make this bhajjis on most evening for snacks. Bhajjis were served in varieties  with some onion, potato and some greens or veggie bhajjis. These leaves were plucked right before making, washed and cleaned and prepared as bhajjis. They were just irresistable and the taste is simply superb. The leaves will be lightly crisp and the taste just awesome. Do try it out, you will definitely agree with me.

 
Basale soppu/ Climbing Spinach Leaves - around 15
Besan/ Chick pea flour/ Kadalai Maavu - 1 cup Heaped
Rice Flour - 1 tbsp
Salt - as needed
Chilli Powder - 1/4 tsp( or more if needed)
Cumin powder - 1/8 tsp(optional)
Hing/Asafoetida - 2 or 3 pinch
Oil for deep frying
 
Wash and pat dry the leaves. Keep aside.
In a bowl mix all the ingredients except oil , see there are no lumps. Can also add few sprinkles of pepper powder. Add water
little by little and mix into to right dipping/dropping consistency. Heat oil for deep frying. Dip the leaves in the batter
and drop in oil. Deep fry intil golden brown and crispy. Remove and serve with coconut chutney or tomato ketchup.

30 comments/Reactions:

Ammu's said...

These leaves we call them "bachali" leaves in telugu.Bhaji looks yummy..

Now Serving said...

wow this is a deliciously yummy recipe!

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Hi Padma,Healthy and grest recipe indeed.Clicks r visually appetizing indeed.Thanks for sharing.

Pavithra said...

Way too tempted Padma.. waiting to see ur other recipes using Bachali leaves...

Hyma said...

such a diff recipe:-) leaf bajji...very new...thanks fro sharing

Priti said...

Yum ....love these delicious pakoras and this looks fab

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very delicious and inviting bhaji. Looks wonderful.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Padma said...

Thanks Ammu's, Priya, My kitchen flavors, Pavithra, Hyma, Priti and Deepa for your comments.

Padma said...

Yes we call this Bachali in Telugu.

Padma said...

Thanks Hyma for visiting and leaving your comments. Yes this one is tasty and delicious :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Yumm yumm! Love it!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Bhaji looks very delicious...

Tina said...

beautiful clicks...bhajji.

Sia said...

Basale kodhel, a gravy dish of coconut is one of my fav from udupi-mangalore. love how u have used it in making bajji.

Priya said...

Bhaji looks soo crispy,tasty and tempting..

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow delicious and tempting bhajii,luks yum...

GEETHA ACHAL said...

Making bajjis with these leaves is great...Sure need to try it out...

julie said...

wow..lovely bajjis..innovative one !
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Prathima Shivraj said...

Vow, my fav bajji. It's been long time I had it, your pic is tempting me a lot.

San said...

Very fresh spinach leaves. Fritters with them is brilliant padma.

Nandini said...

These bajjis are a favourite in our house! Appetizing snack!

Prathima Rao said...

I love basalae..We only make huli from it though & have it with ragu mudde!!!Bajji is something new to me..I just got to try this out!! Btw..i heard we can make parathas too from basale..Have u tried it yet??
Prathima Rao
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Vanamala Hebbar said...

looks nice recipe...

divya said...

Very delicious and inviting bhaji. Looks wonderful.

Nisha said...

I have seen this leaves in Indian Grocery stores, will try this bajji soon.

Prathibha said...

looks delicious,I wish I can grab few from d screeen

Anu Nandu said...

Interesting bajji - nice to see the whole leaves used in bajji in place of chopped up mix!

Cham said...

They look cute those leaves fritters!

Archana said...

Looks delicious. wish i could have some right now.
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