Mirchi Vada Recipe

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Hi Tea.

Main Ingredients : Bhavnagri chillies (mirchi), Oil

Cuisine : Marwari

Course : Snack

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Mirchi Vada

As the Marwari business man settled down in many regions of the country, like Punjab, UP, Mumbai, Pune, Gujarat, Kolkata, Assam, Meghalaya and also abroad to expand his business and trade, he also adopted the regional culture and cuisine. The Marwari vegetarian food again comes in two varieties i.e. the food eaten by the common man that includes use of various spices and herbs and the food of the Marwari Jains that is prepared without using onions, garlic or for that matter any ingredient growing under the soil except for ginger and groundnuts.
Marwari vegetarian cooking has its own unique flavour where the simplest and the most basic of ingredients go into the preparation of most of the dishes. There are some specific reasons for the use of some specific ingredients. The harsh climate plus the non-availability of a lot of ingredients have shaped the traditional cuisine. 

Mirchi Vada Recipe - how to make Mirchi Vada


Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Medium


  • Bhavnagri chillies (mirchi) 12

  • Oil 1 tablespo

  • Coriander seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 3/4 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 2 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Black pepper powder 2 teaspoons

  • Potatoes boiled, peeled and mashed3-4 medium

  • grated processed cheese 1/2 cup

  • urad dal batter 2 cup


Step 1

Slit chillies and deseed them.

Step 2

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan. Crush coarsely coriander seeds and cumin seeds in a mortar with a pestle and add to the pan. Sauté for a minute.

Step 3

Add ½ tsp turmeric powder, asafoetida, 1 tsp red chilli powder, salt and 1 tsp pepper powder. Mix well and sauté for ½ a minute.

Step 4

Add potatoes and a little water, mix well and cook for 2 minutes.

Step 5

Switch off heat and transfer mixture into a bowl. Add cheese and mix well.

Step 6

6. Stuff the chillies with potato-cheese mixture.

Step 7

Take urad dal batter in a bowl. Add salt, remaining red chilli powder, remaining pepper powder and remaining turmeric powder and mix well.

Step 8

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 9

Dip stuffed chillies in the batter, coat evenly and deep-fry in hot oil till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 10

Serve hot with tomato chutney.

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