When I was younger, dhal was a weekly staple in our home. I remember my mom feeding me at a young age. She would mix rice, butter and dhal with her hands and form a little fistful of dhal bhat. (bhat = rice). To this day, this is a flavor that I will never forget. It’s a meal I will never forget. It’s a memory that I will always have of my mom. Eating from her hands.
As an adult, I’ve realized how versatile dhal can be. It’s been a great way to introduce spices to my babies. It’s been a great side dish to any fry meats or vegetables but also a main dish for my vegetarian daughter. Making this recipe in an instant pot makes life so much easier, especially because I always forget to soak my lentils overnight.
Every family member in our extended family has a specialty. They may not know it but they do. I know who to go to when I am craving something whether it’s achar, curries, chai, sweets or in this case Spicy Spinach Fritters known as Bhajia. My Mausi is the go-to person for Bhajia. She makes this recipe so fast I feel like she always has a batch ready to-go. One minute we are doing a quick visit to her house, the next we are eating Bhajia. It just happens like that. She recently took the time to show me how she makes it. If you are looking for a simple and unique Bhajia recipe this is it.
I’ve been given the gift in life to be not only a SWEETS person but also a SALTY person as well, and I’m not sure if it is a blessing or a curse . With the salty cravings comes spicy cravings. If you are a spice girl like me, you know what I mean. There are days that I just want something super spicy. This savory snack fulfills my cravings not just for spice but there is a nostalgia about it that makes you feel at home. You can make it as spicy as desired, or no spice at all.
The one thing you will find in this Bhajia recipe that you will not find in any other is the red bell pepper. My Mausi believes the red bell pepper makes a difference. The subtle sweetness of the red bell pepper shines bright along with the powerful flavors of the onions in this recipe. I am a fan of this special ingredient!