Chakalaka With Cornfritters & Tumeric Rice

I was watching masterchef the other day and saw a woman making “chakalaka”. It looked delicious and let’s be honest. The name is very funny. I found it very appealing and thought I’d better make some myself, and that’s what I did.

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I paired it with spicy cornfritters and turmeric rice. It was a wonderful combination of flavours, textures and spices. If you have any leftovers (which I bet you won’t) it would also make a delicious lunch the next day!

CHAKALAKA WITH SPICY CORNFRITTERS & TUMERIC RICE (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS:

CHAKALAKA

  • 2 carrots (grated)
  • 2 red bellpeppers (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno (chopped finely)
  • 2 big tomatoes (chopped)
  • 4 cups cabbage (chopped)
  • 700g chilibeans*
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme

DIRECTIONS:

  • Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes. Adjust spices to your own liking

CORNFRITTERS: makes 10

  • 280g sweet corn
  • 30g cornmeal (do not use corn starch)
  • 45g white flour or if gluten-free use oatflour**
  • 15g spring onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbs paprika powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 0,5 dl water
  • Salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  • Prepare all ingredients and add them all to a bowl and mix well
  • Add large spoonfuls to a pan on medium-high heat with a little oil, shape round, and fry for around 4-5 minutes on each side
  • Make sure the pan and oil are hot. The oil should sizzle when you add the corn mixture to the pan. Also be careful when flipping the fritters. They are delicate.

TUMERIC RICE:

  • 200g rice
  • 500g water
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  • add rice, water, tumeric, salt & pepper to a saucepan
  • bring to a boil and let it simmer for 15 minutes until cooked

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Notes:

*I used chili beans from a can

**if you don’t have oatflour, just blend oats into a flour

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