Mirchi Vada

Mirchi Vada – मिर्ची वड़ा; or you can say mirchi ke pakore. A unique very spicy Indian snack. Fresh bid chillies dipped in a gram flour batter and deep fry; served with green pudina chutney or tomato ketchup. If you don’t love too much spice then make these vada’s with other kind of  pakora’s like onion rings, aloo stuffed pakora, paneer sandwich pakora, onion/potato pakora and many more as a variety of snack.

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Yields 10

Serves 10


Mirchi Vada

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • Big green chilli (बड़ी हरी मिर्च)  -  10-15
  • Gram flour (बेसन)  -  1 cup
  • Turmeric (हल्दी) powder  -  ½ tsp.
  • Chat masala  -  ½ tsp.
  • Red chilli (लाल मिर्च) powder  -  1 tsp.
  • Potato (आलू)  -  3 big
  • Paneer (पनीर)  -  50 grams
  • Coriander leaves (हरा धनिया)  -  4-5 sprigs
  • Dried mango powder (अमचूर)  -  2 tsp.
  • Asafoetida (हींग)  -  ¼ tsp.
  • Fennel seeds (सौंफ)  -  2 tsp.
  • Green chilli (हरी मिर्च)  -  1-2
  • Oil for deep fry.
  • Water as much requires.
  • Salt to taste.


  1. Boil, peal and mesh potato (आलू). Grate paneer (पनीर). Wash, slit big green chilli (बड़ी हरी मिर्च) and remove seeds. Chop green chillies and coriander leaves (हरा धनिया). Crush fennel seeds (सौंफ). Keep aside.
  2. Now mix meshed potato (आलू) and grated paneer (पनीर) with chopped green chillies, chopped coriander leaves (हरा धनिया), ½ tsp. red chilli (लाल मिर्च) powder, dried mango powder (अमचूर), asafoetida (हींग), crushed fennel seeds (सौंफ) and salt to taste. Mix well and make thick batter.
  3. Fill slit big green chilli (बड़ी हरी मिर्च) with this think potato-paneer (पनीर-आलू) batter.
  4. In deep bowl mix gram flour (बेसन), turmeric (हल्दी) powder, chat masala, ½ tsp. red chilli (लाल मिर्च) powder and salt to taste with water as much required to make not thin not thick batter.
  5. In deep pan heat oil, dip filled big green chilli (बड़ी हरी मिर्च) in gram flour (बेसन) batter and deep fry them in oil till crispy, golden brown.
  6. Remove from oil and put over tissue paper to remove extra oil.
  7. Cut each Mirchi Vada into 2-3 round pieces and sever with green pudina chutney.

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