Inspired by Bangladesh: Carrot Bhajis with Raita (also included extra recipes for homemade Lime Pickle and Spicy Tomato Chutney)

20181013_182510Great as an appetiser or a light lunch, can also be served as a main course with rice and salad.

Serves 4 as a starter, 2 as a main.

Ingredients: 2 large carrots, 1 small onion, 2 heaped tbsps of self raising flour, 2 eggs, vegetable oil for deep frying, 1 tsp of mustard seeds, 1 tsp of turmeric, few springs of fresh coriander.

For the Raita: 250g greek yogurt (or natural yogurt), 1/4 of a large cucumber, small bunch of mint, small bunch of coriander, 1 small onion, 1 clove of garlic, pinch of salt.

Method

Make the raita first, in my experience, the longer the yogurt has in the fridge to infuse all the spices, the better!

  1. Empty the yogurt into a mixing bowl
  2. Peel and grate the cucumber, add this to the yogurt
  3. Peel and finely slice the onion and garlic, add to the yogurt
  4. Chop the fresh herbs add to the yogurt mixture with a pinch of salt, stir and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

For the Carrot Bhajis

  1. Peel and julienne or grate your carrots and set aside
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the onion (finely sliced), mustard seeds, coriander and turmeric, and mix together
  3. Crack in two eggs and the flour and mix so that it is all well combined
  4. To the mixture add your carrot and mix well
  5. With the mixture make 8 rounded shaped bhajis, I find pushing these down into a cupcake/muffin, tray really helps them keep their shape
  6. Leave in the fridge for 30 mins
  7. Heat a large amount of oil in a deep pan, enough so that the bhajis will be covered, check that it is hot enough but testing a small amount of the batter
  8. When ready carefully place the bhajis into the hot oil, (you may have to do this in batches), and for 8 – 10 until crisp and golden
  9. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on kitchen towel to absorb some of the oil
  10. Serve with the homemade raita and maybe some homemade Lime Pickle or Spicy Tomato Chutney, recipes below…

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These will spice up any dish!

Lime Pickle

Ingredients; 4 limes, 1 red chilli, thumb sized piece of ginger, 1 tbsp of coconut oil, 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar,  juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 tbsp of tomato puree, 1 tsp of mustard seeds, 1 tsp of brown sugar, pinch of salt.

Method:

  1. Cut the limes into eight pieces each and set aside
  2. Finely chop the red chilli and peel and thinly slice the ginger
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, frying until you hear them pop!!
  4. Turn the heat down and add all the other ingredients apart from the limes
  5. Stir and cook for 2 minutes
  6. Add the limes plus 100 ml of water, the juice of 1/2 a lemon and 1 tbsp of tomato puree
  7. Stir and bring to the boil, turn the heat down to a medium heat for 20mins stirring occasionally
  8. Allow to cool and place in sterilised jars until needed, will keep in the fridge for up to one month.

Spicy Tomato Chutney

Ingredients: 4 large tomatoes, 2 small onions, 1 clove of garlic, small bunch of coriander, 1 tbsp of coconut oil, 1/2 red chilli, 1 tsp of cumin, 1 tsp of mustard seeds, 1 tsp of tomato puree, 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder, pinch of salt.

Method

  1. Chop the tomatoes into chunks
  2. Peel and thinly slice the onion, garlic and chilli
  3. In a frying pan heat the coconut oil and add the cumin and mustard seeds until they start to pop!!
  4. Add the onion, garlic and chilli with the turmeric and fry for 2 – 3 mins
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes, the coriander, tomato puree, sugar, pinch of salt and 100ml of water
  6. Bring to boil then turn the heat down and cook on a medium heat for 20mins
  7. Allow to cool, unless using straight away (goes great with Aubergines!)
  8. Place into sterilised jars and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
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