Sri Lanka’s bites are very addictive, and a finger licking snacks. These snacks are widely available in Sri Lanka even in small road side shops. We used to buy these chilli bites packets for 50 cents when we were kids. Once you have started to munch one piece of this bites you cant stop yourself eating them all.
Sri Lanka’s Famous Chilli Bites Recipe
Flour - 2 Cups
Sugar - 1/2 TSP
Dried Yeast - 1 TSP
Warm Water -50 ml
Salt - 1 TSP or to taste
Orange Food Colouring = 1/8 TSP & 100 ml water
Chilli powder - 1/2 TSP or to taste
Salt - 1/2 TSP
Oil for deep frying
HOW I MADE IT:-
Add the yeast and warm water in a cup and let in sit for 10 minutes.
In another cup mix water and orange food coloring and mix well. set aside. This step is optional if you do not want to add any food colours.
Take a medium size bowl and add sifted flour and salt. Mix to combine.
Add the yeast mixture and food coloured water or just enough water to make a pliable dough.
Cover the dough with the plastic wrap and place it in a warm place to rise for 2 hours or until double in the size.
Once the dough has risen, remove the plastic wrap and punch the dough down to release the air and roll it out on a floured surface.
Using a round cookie cutter/ bottle top cut out circles. Using another small round cookie than the previous one cut into circles so you will get a ring shape. ( Check the below video for more details)
Do the same with the remaining dough.
Heat oil in a large wok.
To check the temperature of the oil, Dip a wooden screwer into the oil. If the oil starts steadily bubbling, the oil is hot enough to deep fry the dough.
Drop the dough pieces in batches and deep fry 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy,
Drain on a paper towel. Let it cool.
In a separate bowl add chilli powder and salt.
Evenly coat the fried dough pieces in the chilli mixture.
Store in an air tight container.
You can add a 1/8 TSP of MSG if you are using, It will give you the real taste as store bought. But reduce the salt by half.
Adding food colour is optional. You can use normal water instead.
Make sure deep fry the dough until crispy, otherwise it will be very soft and will spoil the taste.
You can use a ZipLock bag to mix the fried dough pieces.
Just add the chilli powder and salt and shake. After that add the dough pieces and shake without breaking the bites.