twig boy cooks – Mowgli’s special sprout bhajis
Now, this is a real treat for you all.
Today I have been given permission to share with you the fantastic secret of Mowgli’s special sprout bhajis! An ancient recipe that dates back about, oh, 5 weeks and was originally created by twig boys very own guru from the East (Midlands), Mowgli*.
AKA JM Cooper
These wonderful balls of pure curry goodness are an ideal starter or side dish and are 100% vegan. They are super easy to make and incredibly tasty. You’d be a fool not to try them. A fool.
Ingredients. Makes 12pc. Preparation time – 15 minutes. Cooking time – 2-3 minutes.
250g sprouts, frozen or fresh
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp garam masala
1/2tsp chilli powder
1 tsp salt
1 large garlic clove, crushed
2 – 3 tablespoons of plain flour
ONE. Put your sprouts into a saucepan and cover with boiling water. Get them simmering and then leave them alone for 5 – 10 minutes or until they are tender. It kinda depends on the size of your sprouts.
TWO. When your sprouts are ready, drain them and carefully dry off any excess water with some kitchen towel. Be aware. Your sprouts will be hot!
THREE. Next, take a medium-sized mixing bowl, add your sprouts and your spice mix and give it all a big stir like it’s that melting pot in the song*. As you are stirring make sure you break up the sprouts (maybe use a fork) to ensure you are fully coating your future bhajis inside and out. Gradually add your flour but make sure you don’t add too much. You will dry out the bhajis and that is bad, catastrophically bad.
*Wow, I just read the lyrics to that song. It’s pretty close to the bone.
FOUR. Use your hands to bring everything together, you should now have a dense, slightly sticky mixture. Divide your mixture of ‘Mowgli’s special sprout bhajis’ into 12 bhaji shaped balls and fry (deep) in very hot oil (190) for 2-3 minutes.
FIVE. Remove the bhajis from the oil, allow to drain for a minute and munch. Goes well with a nice cold pint and a vegetable biriyani. Or, as I did, you can whip up your own version of that disappointing, wet, sad salad that Indian takeaways send you!