Stuffed Jalapeño Fritters
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Serves: 10 fritters
Filled with tamarind and carom seeds, these peppers are crisp and flavorful with a subtle tinge of heat.
  • Jalapeno chilies- 10, washed and pat dried
  • For the stuffing:
  • Tamarind- Size of a small lime
  • Jaggery- 1tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Ajwain or carom seeds- 1tsp
  • Saunf or fennel seeds- a pinch
  • Grated dry coconut- 2tbsp
  • Gram flour- 1tsp
  • For the Batter:
  • Gram flour or besan- 6tbsp
  • Rice flour- 1-1/2tbsp
  • Salt- 1tsp
  • Asafetida- a pinch
  • Paprika powder- ½ tsp
  • Water as needed
  • Other ingredients:
  • Oil to deep fry
  1. Make a 3" vertical slit in the green chilies and scoop out the ribs and seeds from the chilies and keep aside. You can choose to leave the seeds if you prefer your fritters extra hot.
For the filling:
  1. Soak the tamarind in quarter cup of water for 15mins. Extract the pulp and mix it with jaggery and salt.
  2. Transfer the tamarind mixture to a thick bottomed vessel and boil the mixture on low heat till the water is evaporated and a thick paste is formed. Take off the heat and set it aside.
  3. Dry roast the carom seeds and fennel seeds till fragrant (it doesn't have to turn brown) and set aside to cool.
  4. Dry roast the desiccated coconut for a few seconds and keep aside.
  5. Grind the toasted seeds and the grated coconut to a powder in blender till fine. Mix the gram flour and pulse till well combined.
  6. Add the ground mixture along to the tamarind pulp and mix to form a thick paste.
For the batter:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the gram flour, rice flour, salt, paprika powder and asafetida and mix well. Add water gradually to make a thick batter and keep aside.
To Proceed:
  1. Stuff each chili with a tea spoon of the stuffing mixture and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a wok. To check if the oil is hot enough, drop a little batter into the oil. If the batter rises to the top slowly, then the oil is hot enough.
  3. At this stage, add two tea spoons of the hot oil to the prepared batter and mix it carefully.
  4. Dip the stuffed peppers in the batter to coat completely and place it in the pre heated oil and fry till the fritter turns golden in color.
  5. Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the stuffed peppers. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately with a dip of your choice.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at