Courgette & Celeriac Bhajis with Mango & Mint Raita

Servings: 12Bhaji Mango Mint Raita

INGREDIENTS

Raita

  • 1 tablespoon mango powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 150g plain organic yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated or minced ginger

Bhaji

  • 200g coarsely grated courgette
  • 100g coarsely grated celeriac
  • 1 medium onion, finely sliced
  • 100g Chickpea flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 150ml water
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon ground fennel seeds
  • 1-2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Coconut oil for frying

INSTRUCTIONS

Raita

  1. Firstly make raita: add the mango powder to a small bowl and slowly mix in the yogurt until you have reached a smooth consistency.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and set aside until the Bhajis are ready to eat.

Bhajis 

  1. For the Bhajis, sieve the chickpea flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the salt and dry spice ingredients. Mix Well.
  3. Slowly mix in the water until it creates a smooth, thick batter.
  4. Stir in the courgette, celeriac, onion and chilli until well combined. 
  5. Heat about 5cm of coconut oil in a medium pan. Add a drop of the batter – when it rises to the surface, bubbling and browning, then the oil is hot enough.
  6. Add heaped tablespoons of batter to the pan, a few at a time, and cook for a few minutes on each side until they are evenly browned and crisp. This will take about 5-6 minutes.
  7. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm while you cook the remaining bhajis.
  8. Serve with the raita.
  9. Enjoy!

 

What’s nourishing about this recipe…

Chickpeas have been shown to help: lower cholesterol, lower triglycerides, regulate blood sugar, support healthy digestion and increase satiety. They are an excellent source of the trace minerals molybdenum, which helps protect against inflammation, and also manganese, which supports bone production, skin integrity, blood sugar control and protects against free radical damage. 

Courgettes are an excellent source of manganese, needed for blood sugar control, skin integrity and bone formation. They’re also a very good source of potassium, an important intra-cellular electrolyte, needed for balancing blood pressure.

Celeriac is a great source of fibre and is packed with vitamins C and B6. Plus, it is an excellent source of some of the essential minerals such asphosphorus, potassium and manganese.

Turmeric in the diet may increase the production of enzymes that digest fats and sugars, and it may inhibit formation of gallstones. It may help to prevent the release of histamine in the stomach, counteract food allergies and it may help to fight gum inflammation.