Goli Baje is another popular dish from South Canara. In Bangalore it is known as Mangalore bajji. This bajji is unlike any other bajji as it does not have any vegetable. It is made with just maida and some masala in it. This is a very easy recipe. Add some mashed bananas instead of masala, it becomes Mangalore Buns.
Maida - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - a big pinch(approx 1/4 tsp)
Curd or Thick buttermilk - I use the buttermilk that is available here in the grocery stores
Oil for frying
for the masala
Ginger - put this one generously
I add some coconut, as I like the taste of coconut pieces in it. I also add chopped cilantro. It gives it a nice flavor.
Chop everything for masala into small pieces. Put everything together in a bowl, except for butter milk. Just before making it, add buttermilk and mix it to the consistency of pakoda batter. The batter will be sticky. Grease your hands(or take two spoons to put the batter in the oil), take small balls and fry it in oil till golden brown. These bajjis puff up to bigger sizes while frying, so put only a small amount of batter into the oil.
I had made Goli baje and gas-gase payasa for Deepavali.
Perhaps posting this post on Deepavli day would have been a better idea :)