Bajiis, the unstuffed Madras version of chiles rellenos, are popular tea-time snacks in Madras and other cities of Tamil Nadu. They are often accompanied by a mango chutney like the one in this section, and the taste combination is delicious. Serve with fruit drinks or beer.
2 cups vegetable oil
½ cup corn flour
½ cup rice flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup water
2 teaspoons ground cumin
10 green New Mexican chiles, roasted and peeled, stems on, slit length-wise on one side
Heat the oil in a skillet or wok over low heat.
Combine the flours and the salt in a bowl and add a teaspoon of the warm oil. Blend in the water and whisk to make a thick batter.
Turn the heat under the skillet or wok to high.
Rub the ground cumin inside the chiles and dip them in the batter. Reduce the heat to medium and fry the chiles in the oil for 2 minutes, turning once, or until they are golden brown all over.