Chilli bites are a delicious Indian snack, which is very popular throughout South Africa. This scrumptious and versatile snack is crispy on the outside, as well as soft and fluffy in the inside. This is my take on healthy chilli bites.
Being originally from Durban my family and I really enjoy spicy food. So, naturally I would crave for some chilli bites. Traditionally chilli bites are deep fried, however, by shallow frying them in a few tablespoons of oil dramatically reduces the amount of fat and calories. As a result, this once unhealthy snack becomes slightly healthier.
These chilli bites might not look anything like the original, but oh man do they taste amazing.
Staying in theme of budget-friendly meals/recipes in January, this recipe is a definite money saver. Most of the ingredients are in your kitchen cupboard(s) and the few ingredients that you do have to buy are extremely affordable. Now there honestly is no excuse to why you can't have a tasty, nutritious lunch or snack on a budget.
The fantastic thing about these chilli bites is that they are gluten free, vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
1 tin (410g) butter beans
½ cup/ 125ml chickpea flour (gram or yellow pea flour)
1t/ 5ml baking powder
½ t/ 2.5ml paprika
½ t/ 2.5ml cayenne pepper
½ t/ 2.5ml ginger powder
¼ t/1.25ml cumin powder
1t/ 5ml curry powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 medium onion (finely chopped)
1 green chilli (seeds removed or left in)
1 medium carrot (coarsely grated)
2 green onions (finely chopped)
1 cup/ 250ml water
Canola oil for frying
1. Drain and rinse butter beans and place into a large mixing bowl. Mash beans, add in all the ingredients except water and oil. Stir the ingredients together until well combined.
2. Add water a little at a time until you achieve a gooey consistency.
3. Heat up a few tablespoons of oil in a frying pan. Using a tablespoon which has been dipped in oil, drop spoonfuls of the batter into to the hot oil.
4. Depending on the size of the pan, fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
5. Once cooked remove from the pan and place on paper towel to drain off excess oil.
1. Add a few chilli bites into a pita bread or tortilla and top with vegetables or salad of choice. To finish off, spoon in a few tablespoons of plain dairy or non- dairy yogurt. Yum🤤!
2. Enjoy the chilli bites on their own as a snack with a generous squeeze of lemon. .