Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Protein Rich Snack: Acaraje

Acaraje or a bean fritter comes from a fusion of African and Brazilian cuisines. It is a kind of street or fast food that is served with a spicy vinegary sauce!!Typically the acaraje fritter or patty is made with black-eye beans which are then deep fried in palm oil. Delicious, but I wanted to do something different with this recipe - mainly try to make a more healthy version of it. I made this acaraje with red kidney beans, and shallow fried them with very little oil.

2 cans red kidney beans, drained
1 small onion, chopped fine
2 green chillies, chopped fine
1/2 tsp red chillies
Salt, to taste
2 tbsp oil

  1. Microwave the drained kidney beans for 30 seconds. In a large mixing bowl, mash the beans coarsely.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the mashed beans. Check for seasoning. Divide the mix into golf size portions. Roll each into a ball and then flatten to make into small patties.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick griddle. Place the patties on this and allow them to cook until crisp on one side. Turn over and cook on the other side until they are crispy.
  4. Gently remove onto a serving place. Note that the patties are crumbly and delicate when hot. As they cool down they will hold together very well.
  5. Serve with your choice of condiment.
This healthy and protein-rich recipe goes to Sangeeth of Art of Indian Cooking for contest Eat Healthy - Protein Rich.

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