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Bean Fritters for all Palettes

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These little fritters make a great snack on the run or you can incorporate them into a full  meal. They are made just as you would make Jamaica saltfish or banana fritters but with peas! You can use essentially any bean, nut or pea that can be boiled soft. I like to make fritters and burgers with mashed beans because they are a easy and tasty way to switch up the regular bean/peas stews.

spicy lentils

You can also season them in many different ways- try this recipe with jerk, Chinese or curry seasoning. You can make it sweet with a touch of sweet soy sauce, honey/sugar or sweet and sour sauce. Try them with ketchup, bar-b-q sauce or chutney. By all means, complement the little treats, especially if you are serving them as finger food.

Here’s how I made these:

Ingredients
Red Lentils (any legume or vegetable you like)
Onion/Garlic/Scallion, finely chopped
Salt
Black/White/Cayenne Pepper
Other Vegetables you like, finely chopped (i used the seeds & inner rind of sweet pepper, stuff we often throw away!)
Other Spices/Herbs you like
Flour
Oil for frying

Method: Boil lentils until soft. Drain (save a bit of the water for later). Return to pot or mixing bowl and use the back of a fork (or potato masher) to mash peas and mix in the finely chopped onions and garlic. Add salt, pepper and other spices/finely chopped veges and mash them in well. Now add flour and water little by little  until you have a batter that will stick together when fried. Heat some oil in a frying pan then use a tablespoon to carefully drop the batter into the pan in individual portions. Fry on one side until golden then flip over and fry the other size in the same way.

Tasty Tips
For crispy fritters, use the back of a fork of flatten your fritters in the frying pan when you flip them over.

If you’re not sure how much flour to add, start with adding a few tablespoons at a time. When you think you have enough, fry just one to see if it is as you like, then make any adjustments if needs be before frying the rest of the batter

If you want lumpy fritters get a batter consistency as thick as oatmeal, dont mash out the lentils and veges as much. Make a smooth batter by finely mashing everything out.

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