Good afternoon everyone! Hope everyone is doing wonderful, if not then don’t worry it will get better 🙂
As the weather is FINALLY changing a little bit here in Dubai, I am sure you will understand my cravings for some hot comfort food.Cooler weather means hotter food. Nothing better than some deep-fried pakoras or chicken popcorn or just the good old jalapeno poppers, right? I know I understand.
However we all know the harm that does to our body inside and out. Transfatty oil clogging up our arteries.You know, most of the deep-fried vegetarian food that I come across has potato as its base and there is no nutrition in that. That is why I let my creative juices on intense mode and came up with our recipe of the week, my CHICK BITES (quirky name I know 😀 )
They are mildly spiced chickpea & veggie fritters. Nutrition check, Craving check, absolute deliciousness check check.It is deep-fried but you can also bake them. Still great and yummy. You can add these to salads or sides to your main meals or just snack on them when those ‘munchie cravings‘ arise.
Makes 10-12 pieces.
TIME: 1 hr
1 can Chickpeas-wash them thoroughly
1/2 cup Carrots-grated
1 big tsp Garlic powder
1 big tsp Cayenne Pepper powder
1 tbsp Dried Parsley- you can use fresh if you have
2 tbsp Cornflour
1 clove Garlic-chopped
Coconut Oil for deep-frying
Indian Chaat Masala(optional)
HOW TO PREPARE:
Take a deep bowl and add in all the ingredients, except the chaat masala and oil.
Mash and mix well. Heat the oil for deep-frying on the side.
Take a little oil in hands and make balls, keep aside.(See image reference)
Make sure the oil is hot enough by adding a piece of the batter and see if it cooks. Deep-fry the chickpea bites till golden brown in color. Soak excess oil on tissue paper.
If you want to bake them, pre-heat the oven for 15 mins. Add in a little oil on the tray, add in the balls. Bake at 180 deg. for 30 mins. or till it turns golden brown. Once you start seeing the top getting colored, flip them on the bottom, so even that gets cooked.*Every oven is different.
For an Indian twist, sprinkle a little chaat masala before serving.
Serve with sauce of your choice. I love garlic so I ate it with some garlic mayo, you could also try sweet chili sauce.
You can add these Chick Bites to your salads,add them to wholewheat bread sandwiches, serve them as sides to your mains or just munch on them as tea-time snacks. You can take them to work, get-togethers or even for school as tiffin treats. Enjoy them with your family and friends.
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