Black-Eyed Pea Nibbles

Serves 2-4

Preparation: 30 minutes (plus overnight soaking of beans the night before)

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Black-Eyed Pea Nibbles

Crispy and delicious, these bite-sized balls are a winner! A little bit more preparation time but definitely worth it as they literally crunch in the mouth with a soft savoury centre. Add a healthy dipping sauce, and voila, snack or meal is served!

Ingredients

  • 2 x cups black-eyed peas (soak overnight in water, covered)
  • 1 x tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 x cups of safflower oil (or similar high smoke-point oil)
  • 1 x tsp cumin
  • 2 x tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Dipping Sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice syrup
  • 1 x tbsp dijon mustard

Directions

    Balls
    • Drain the soaked beans and place in food processor
    • Add parsley, soy sauce and cumin
    • Blend until everything is chopped to fine pieces but be careful not to blend to a pulp!
    • The mixture will feel slightly wet but should be able to hold together
    • Remove mixture from food processor and form into small balls (size up to you)!
    • Heat oil in wok or deep fry-pan -make sure hot enough that when you drop in a bean ball it sizzles like crazy!
    • NOTE that oil should not get so hot that it smokes
    • Place 4 or so balls in oil
    • Balls will rise to the top of the oil as they bubble and cook
    • Fry for about 4 minutes on each side (turn balls over in oil)
    • Once cooked, use a slotted spoon and remove balls and place on paper-towel lined plate
    Dipping Sauce
    • Stir together the rice syrup and mustard in a small saucepan
    • Warm sauce over low heat till it starts to bubble
    • Finally serve your black-eyed pea nibbles while still hot! Drizzle in dipping sauce and serve with a side salad, or else present balls on a platter with dipping sauce to accompany!

Variation

    Can substitute parsley for fresh coriander
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