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Rainbow Bhajis with Coriander

Prep: 30 mins
Difficulty: More Effort
Cook: 20 mins
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

140g carrot, grated
2 tsp nigella seeds
100g parsnip, peeled into shavings with a potato peeler
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
small pack coriander, stalks only, finely chopped (use the leaves below)
140g beetroot, half grated, half cut into fine matchsticks
2 tsp grated ginger
1l sunflower oil, for frying
lemon wedges, to serve
lime wedges, to serve
For the batter
4 tbsp balti paste
250g gram flour (or plain flour)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp garam masala
¼ tsp hot chilli powder
2 medium onions , thinly sliced
For the coriander cream
350g coconut yogurt (I used Coyo)
small pack coriander, leaves picked
zest and juice 2 limes

Method

  1. To make the batter, stir the balti paste into 250ml cold water. Mix the flour, baking powder and spices in a mixing bowl, make a well in the centre, then pour in the balti water and gradually stir together to a smooth batter.
  2. Stir in the onions, then divide between 3 bowls.
  3. Stir the carrot and nigella seeds into one batch of batter, the parsnip, coconut and chopped coriander stalks into another, and the beetroot and ginger into the third.
  4. Make the coriander cream by whizzing half the coconut yogurt with the coriander leaves and lime juice until well blitzed and green. Stir through the lime zest and remaining yogurt, then keep cold until serving.
  5. Heat the oil in a deep pan or a non-stick wok to 180C or until a piece of bread browns in 20 secs.
  6. Starting with the parsnip and ending with the beetroot, add spoonfuls of the mixture to the oil, a few at a time, and cook for a few mins, turning occasionally until evenly browned and crispy – about 4 mins.
  7. Lift out onto kitchen paper with a slotted spoon, sprinkle with a little salt and keep warm in a low oven while you cook the rest.
  8. Serve the hot bhajis with the coriander cream, and lemon and lime wedges for squeezing over.

 

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2016
Image from: www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/rainbow-bhajis-coriander-cream

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