Chilli bites are as much a part of the Durban landscape as sunshine.
Our many cultured City holds all sorts of delights in the palm of its hand.
Chilli bite flour is a mixture of chick pea flour and spices.
You can make your own, but the bought ones are easier !!
Here is our favourite kind – Chard ( large leafed spinach ) chilli bites,
I bunch chard
1/2 packet chilli bite mix
Oil of your choice to deep fry.
Wash the chard and cut off most of the stems….( we give these to the local wildlife ).
In a deep saucepan, put 1/2 inch of water and bring to the boil.
Put the green washed chard into the saucepan and boil until the chard is soft enough to cut easily.
Remove from the stove.
Whilst in the pan, cut the chard up into the smallest pieces possible
- ( I do this with a breadknife holding the chard with a fork.)
Leave to cool a while, so it is not boiling hot.
Heat up a pan of oil to frying heat – when you see air waves over the top !
At the same time …..
Add the half packet of chilli bite mix to the chopped chard.
This should be enough to make a soft doughy mixture, if not add more mix or little bits of water at a time, to your ‘taste’.
With a teaspoon, scoop out teaspoon sizes of the mixture and drop into the oil.
After about 3 minutes, the underside turns brown, turn each one over and leave another couple of minutes. This stage is up to you. My family like some just done and some really crispy !!!
Line a bowl with a couple of pieces of kitchen towel to catch extra oil.
Scoop out the chard chilli bites with a runcible ( with holes ) spoon into the lined bowl.
Leave to cool – just a little while.
Eat as a side dish with any meal, as a snack, or ….
Make up a side salad, and serve on panini roll with cheese
With Masala Tea – Oh Yes !!!
Love, as always