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Courgette Bhajis

Fatima Bheekoo-Shah shares a delicious snack recipe for a healthier alternative to your regular fried bhajis.

The low carb, high fat lifestyle has taken South Africa by storm and with it there has been an influx of healthy and tasty foods. This bhaji recipe is one of them – it is the perfect snack. These morsels are fried in coconut oil, which has a range of health benefits including increasing your energy expenditure and helping you burn fat. In some parts of the world, coconut is a dietary staple that people have thrived on for many generations. One interesting feature of coconut oil is that it can reduce your hunger. This may be related to the way the fatty acids in it are metabolised, because ketone bodies can have an appetite reducing effect.

 

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Courgettes are one of the very low calorie vegetables, with only 17 calories per 100g. They contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. Its peel is a good source of dietary fibre that helps reduce constipation and offers some protection against colon cancers. You definitely can’t go wrong with this recipe! It is simple and nutritious.

 

Ingredients
• 1 large onion, finely chopped
• 2 courgettes, grated
• 1 tbsp of your favourite curry powder mix
• 1 clove garlic, crushed
• 1 tsp fresh coriander or Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
• 1 tsp Himalayan salt
• 2 tsp psyllium husks (available at health food shops)
• 2 large free-range eggs
• 1 cup coconut oil for frying

 

Method
1. Combine all the ingredients except the coconut oil in a bowl and stir until well combined
2. Set aside for 10-15 minutes
3. Melt the coconut oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry dollops of the mixture in batches until crispy and golden
4. Drain on paper towel to remove excess oil.
5. Serve bhajis piping hot with a dipping sauce.

 

Variations
• Add freshly chopped red or green chillies if you like that extra bite.

• Roughly chopped cauliflower and grated carrots are also a great substitute for the courgettes.

• To keep it interesting, I add less salt or no salt and add some roughly chopped feta or haloumi cheese instead.
Fatima Bheekoo Shah is a wife, mother, food blogger, foodie and breastfeeding activist, finally answering her calling to be a writer.