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Runner bean & curry leaf bhajis with coconut chutney served on a plate

Runner bean & curry leaf bhajis with coconut chutney

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Serves 4 (makes 12)

Use up a garden glut of runner beans or buy them fresh to make these bhajis. Make sure you try the coconut chutney – it really is the perfect accompaniment

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal444
fat25g
saturates12g
carbs37g
sugars8g
fibre9g
protein12g
salt1.3g
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Ingredients

For the chutney

  • 3 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 4 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 shallot , finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp coriander stems , finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli , deseeded and finely chopped
  • ½ lime , juiced, plus wedges to serve

For the bhajis

  • 150g gram flour
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp fresh or dried curry leaves
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • pinch of ground pink peppercorns
  • pinch of ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp mild red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Sri Lankan curry powder (see recipe below) or Madras curry powder
  • 200ml chilled tonic water
  • 150g runner beans , trimmed and finely sliced
  • 1 red onion , halved and finely sliced
  • 1l vegetable oil , for frying

Method

  • STEP 1

    To make the chutney, put the desiccated coconut and ½ tsp salt into a bowl and pour over the coconut milk, stirring to combine. Melt the coconut oil in a pan over a medium heat and add the black mustard seeds. Fry them until they start to crackle, then add the shallot, coriander stems and chilli, and fry for a minute or so. Pour the contents of the pan into the bowl with the coconut, add the lime juice, and stir to combine.

  • STEP 2

    To make the bhajis, put the flours, ½ tsp salt, the curry leaves and spices in a bowl and stir to combine. Whisk in the tonic water until you have a smooth batter about the consistency of double cream. Add the runner beans and onion and, using your hands, mix it all really well with the batter.

  • STEP 3

    Fill a deep pan half full with vegetable oil, and put on a medium to high heat, until a piece of bread dropped in sizzles and turns golden brown within 20 seconds or so. In batches, spoon in large dollops of the runner bean batter. Fry for 3-5 mins until golden and crispy, then drain on kitchen paper. Season well, then serve with the chutney and lime wedges.

RECIPE TIPS
TO MAKE SRI LANKAN CURRY POWDER

In a dry frying pan, toast 2 tbsp basmati rice until it's browning, then add 4 tbsp coriander seeds, 2 tbsp cumin seeds, 2 tbsp black peppercorns, 1 tsp fenugreek seeds, 1 tbsp cloves and the seeds from 35 cardamom pods. Toast for 3-5 minutes until darkish brown but not burned. Blitz it all in a spice grinder, or crush in a pestle and mortar, then pass through a sieve into an airtight container. Will keep for up to three months. 

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2018

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