Swede Bhajis

Working part time has many advantages.  A disadvantage however is that I miss some of our catering triumphs.  Apparently these bhajis went down a treat, with many exclamations along the lines of ‘I can’t believe they’re swede, they actually taste nice!”

I have to say – swede and bhaji – not words that I would expect to see in the same sentence, but then that’s the brilliance of Growing Well – in the face of overwhelming root vegetables, innovate or die.

1 large swede, peeled and grated

1 onion, peeled and sliced

100g chickpea flour (gram flour)

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp curry paste or powder

1 red or green chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped

vegetable oil for frying


Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl

Add the curry paste/powder, chopped chilli and a good sprinkling of salt

Add about 150ml of cold water to make a thick batter

Stir in the chopped onion and grated swede until well coated

Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan and add a spoonful of batter

When it starts to brown, flip over and cook the other side.

Tadah! Swede as you’ve never seen it before!


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