Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Oats and Dates Bajji - Mom's winning recipe


The big day had come again this year. Saffola along with MHP masala and Oriflame conducted their annual "Oats queen contest" on 7th of feb this year.

This time the topic was "Innovative tea time snack" using Saffola oats, Saffola Oil and MHP masala(Masala vada mix/Bajji mix/Adai mix).

The difficulty in creating a dish was when western ingredient oats and these typical Indian masala mixes had to be used together in a dish.

Mom, Me and my Mother-in-law broke our heads and came out with amazingly different dishes. We took more inputs from the family members and came up with 5 successful dishes out of which 4 entered the contest and 2 of them won the titles :)

Yes!! Mom won the first place for her Oats and Dates Bajji and I won the second place for my Betel Oats Manchurian :) It was a proud moment to see mom win the first place and felt really happy when we both won the first two places out of a lot of creative entries :)

Mom is super creative. She came up with a sweet dish with such ingredient combination and it was absolutely delicious and worth the title.

I will be posting all the 5 creative dishes as a series now :) Have a virtual oats treat :)


Oats and dates bajji is a brain child of my mom. She made our favorite kesari with oats and then stuffed them into dates. Isnt it already delicious!! She further dipped it into bajji batter and deep fried it to hide all the fun ingredients.

At the first though or sight, I was not sure how this combination would work out, but surprisingly it was tasting brilliant. Mild salt and spicy outer coating with a sweet and soft bite inside :)

OMG! It was fantastic and no wonder it won the first place :) Hats off to you Mom. I bow down to your skills :)



Oats - ½ cup
Rava – ½ cup

Sugar – 1 cup

Water – 3 cups

Cardamom – 1

Ghee – 2 tblsp

Food color(orange) – a pinch

Dates - 20

Besan - 1 cup
Rice flour - 1/4 cup
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Oil – for frying



Method for oats kesari:

Powder the oats coarsely.

Boil the water in a pan.

Mix rava, oats, and sugar, add it to the pan when the water boils. Add the food color and keep stirring until it becomes thick.

Finally add ghee and cardamom powder and mix well to make oats kesari and keep it aside.

To make Oats and dates bajji:

Slit the dates neatly and remove the seed. Stuff 1 tsp kesari inside the dates.

Mix besan, rice flour, chilly powder and salt with adequate water and dip the stuffed dates until it is well coated.

Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown.

Enjoy with a cup of coffee.



If you want to make a complete sweet version of this bajji -

Option 1:

Mix 1 cup of maida with 1/4 cup of corn flour, 1 tblsp of sugar and a pinch of salt with adequate water to make bajji batter consistency and dip the stuffed dates in it and deep fry until well roasted.

Option 2:

Mix 1/2 cup of besan, 1/2 cup corn flour and a pinch of salt along with adequate water to make bajji batter consistency and dip the stuffed dates in it and deep fry until roast.


Keep checking!! Coming up next is my winning entry - Betel Oats Manchurian!! :)

Written by: Nithya
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Sudha Sabarish said...

Superb innovative and im sure would have tasted heavenly.

Aarthi said...

awesome bhajji..very innovative one

Archana said...

awesome bhaji. Congrats to both of you!

kitchen queen said...

yummy and delicious bajji.

Swetha said...

Very innovative...

Ambika said...

Wow!! Aunty is super creative, she deserves to be first!! Loved the flavor combination, congratulations to Aunty!! Can't wait to see your recipe and the other three??

Sushma Madhuchandra said...

extremely innovative & hats off to ur mom!

Sravs said...

so innovative and wonderful bhaji !!

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Recipe world said...

Such a lovely and innovative dish.. Hats off to your mom! and congrats both of you :)


Reshmi Mahesh said...

Wow...very innovative and sure delicious recipe...and congrats to both..

Kavi | Edible Entertainment said...

It has got to be one of THE most innovative recipes ever! I loved it! Congrats! :) Would love to see your mom start her blog! :)

Zareena said...

Wow!!! very unique dear. No one will ever think of mixing dates with oats and that too as a deep fried snack. Very very innovative. Congrats to both of you.

saffronstreaks said...

stuffed dates are so appetizing, and loved ur twist with oats in it

Taste Junction said...

Hats off to your mom for such a creative creation and plz. wish her on her winning the contest! Looking forward to the series!

Suja Manoj said...

So creative,the dish looks awesome..will surely try

Jayasri Ravi said...

Hats of to your mom Nithi, Ammavakka yenode vaalthkal, Looking forward to all the recipes., very innovative, love this as I love dates and kesari.., Mmm...., absolutely delicious..., want to see your mom's photo too..., thanks for sharing

Nish said...

So cool! Creative, indeed!

Sumi said...

If not for the picture of the stuffed dates I cant imaging how it can be done.Really neat and innovative.Congrats to both of you.

VineelaSiva said...

Wow u guys are very innovative.I hope u got this creative from ur mom.

divya said...

Looks delicious! Great presentation!

Sowmya said... i know where all your creativity & innovations comes from :)Your mom is really super creative..bajji looks awesome & must try!Congrats to your mom & you dear!Eager to see all the other posts of this series!Way to go girl!

Kaveri said...

Congratulations to you and your mom!
This bajji is truly innovative and worth the title...I'm very curious about how it tastes.

Nirmala's kitchen said...

Very innovative and just waiting to see all the recipes!!!!!

Nagalakshmi V said...

it's definitely a brilliant idea, congrats to the mom-daughter team :)

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Wow that is one amazing combination!! The pics of the kesari, dates stuffed with kesari makes me drool !! Congratulations to Aunty and you !!

Archana Chari said...

looks brilliant! congrats to both of you :)

Rinku Naveen said...

That's quite innovative Niths. My wishes to you and your Mom.

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

wow...superb idea..very innovative...looks yummy.

Amarendra said...

Definitely a prize winning recipe.. Loved the clicks also.

Vimitha Anand said...

Awesome recipe... Congratulation to mom and beti Nithi!!!
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Kavitha Bhargav said...

in the girl seeing ceremony, we need not give kesari and bajji separately. We can make this and give ;)

cookingwithmyspouse said...

Congrats to u and ur Mom!!! Very innovative....

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Hi Nithya, look delicious and tempting. Have a nice day.

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Sharmilee! :) said...

Interesting twist to usual bajji...Congrats to both mom and daughter! :)

rekhas kitchen said...

Wow Wow First congrats to your Mom and you too Nithya and the recipe sounds very very interesting.Looking forward for the other innovative recipes.

Jyoti said...

That is a very creative recipe! Kudos to you mom.. Many congrats!

Cilantro said...

Congrats to both Mom & daughter!!!
Lovely creative creations. can`t wait to see the rest.

Devi said...

Congratulations on the winning to you and your mom!.. that is super creative!! looks abs yummy :)

Kanchan said...

Innovation at its best ! Congrats to your Mom and you too .. Creativity is hereditary i think ;)

soujanya said...

Vowww!!!superb innovative recipe...

Poornima Nair said...

What an amazing fun dish, your moms a genius!! Congrats!!

ANU said...

omg! am drooling dear...beautiful and perfect....

Pari said...

Very innovative, sweet and savory mix. Sounds really interesting. Congrats to you and your Mom. I'll be very glad if you could link your Oats recipes to My ongoing event and help people learn Oats in an interesting way.



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