This chilli bites recipe definitely takes me down memory lane. It must have been the late 80s or early 90s when my mom would take me to the Durban CBD for some shopping. We would always pass by this Indian restaurant (Tea room) at the corner of Grey and Pine street that sold Indian fried foods. She would buy me chilli bites which back then we called Bhajia and pair it with a coca-cola groovy that I never could finish.
That is what I look forward to the most during our trips to town. My dad on the other hand, if I went with him, he would buy me a snowball cake and half a tint of milk. In my family kids don’t drink soda drinks. My son is 12 years old and still drinks half a glass if we happen to buy a soda drink. Soda has always been considered unhealthy for kids, I guess for adults too.
During my last grocery shopping trip, I bumped into a box of the chilli bites mix and it sure brought on pure nostalgia. I had to buy it, and fortunately for me, there are instructions on how to make it on the back of the packaging.
250g chilli bite mix
chili flakes (optional)
1 cup of water
I used the spinach and shallots from my garden and have always wanted to say that as a new gardener hahaha. I minced the spinach and shallots but did shavings of the carrot using a potato peeler because I am not a fan of using the grater.
In a bowl mix the ginger, onion, chili flakes, and garlic powder with chilli bite mixture. Add a cup of water to make the batter and make sure there are no lumps. Add more water if required. Top it up with the vegetables and let the batter sit for then minutes while you heat your cooking oil.
Measure the batter with a spoon and deep Fry in hot oil on a medium temperature until golden brown. Do not let it brown too quickly or the insides won’t be cooked. Chilli bites are best eaten straight after they are fried. They lose their crispness once they are stored.
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