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Crab and Chickpea Bhajis with Chakalaka

Chakalaka is a very spicy South African vegetable relish or pickle. Great served with these little fried bhajis.
  • 0:45 TIME
  • 10 portions

ingredients

For The Chakalaka

30g root ginger, peeled and grated 

3 small red chillies, finely chopped 

1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and diced 

1tsp vegetable oil 

50g medium curry paste 

400g MAGGI® Rich & Rustic Tomato Sauce 

For The Bhajis

600g chickpeas, cooked and rinsed

20g CHEF® Premium Lobster Fumet 

1tbsp CHEF® Asian Liquid Concentrate

100g MAGGI® Coconut Milk Powder Mix

1tsp ground cumin 

1tsp cayenne (optional) 

2 cloves garlic 

4 onions, peeled and finely chopped 

1 egg, beaten 

200g crab meat, flaked 

20g fresh coriander, chopped, or 1tsp ground coriander 

2tbsp vegetable oil  

METHOD

Prep: 20 minutes. Cook: 25 minutes.

  1. Make the chakalaka. In a large pan fry the ginger, chilies and green pepper in the vegetable oil for 5 minutes, or until the pepper has softened.
  2. Add the curry paste and cook on a low heat for around 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes. Chill until ready to use.
  3. To make the bhajis – place the chickpeas, lobster stock, Asian concentrate, coconut milk powder, cumin, cayenne (optional) and the garlic into a food processor. Blend to form a smooth paste. Pour the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in the onions, egg, crab meat and the fresh coriander until combined.
  5. Roll into 20 evenly-sized balls.
  6. Heat the vegetable oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the bahjis for 4-5 minutes until golden brown on all sides. Drain on kitchen paper. Serve hot or cold with the chakalaka.

CHEF’S TIP

These bhajis can be made ahead the day before and left in the fridge to chill overnight before cooking.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Typical Values

Per 100g

Per bhaji with chakalaka

Reference Intake

% RI*

Energy

493 kJ

118 kcal

1174 kJ

281 kcal

8400 kJ

2000 kcal

14%

Fat

6.3g

15.0g

70g

21%

of which: saturates

2.8g

6.7g

20g

34%

Carbohydrate

9.2g

22.0g

260g

8%

of which: sugars

3.2g

7.5g

90g

8%

Fibre

1.9g

4.5g

-

-

Protein

5.2g

12.3g

50g

25%

Salt

0.42g

1.00g

6g

17%

 

*Reference Intake of an average adult (8400 kJ/2000 kcal).

Based on the stated recipe. Portions should be adjusted for children of different ages.

Products used in the recipe