Chilli Bites are a scrumptious Indian snack, fast becoming a popular finger food at parties throughout South Africa.

They’re also known by their Malay word dhaltjies or the Indian word Bhajias…but regardless of which name you prefer to call them, Chilli Bites always make a delicious vegetarian snack.

They are traditionally eaten as an appetizer during the breaking of the fast in Ramadan, but can in fact be served as an appetizer at any celebration.

Chilli Bites are crispy on the outside and soft and sponge-like on the inside.

Chilli Bite Recipe

Chilli Bites
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • 11/2 cups Chickpea flour
  • ½ cup self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp red chilli flakes(depending how hot you like it)
  • 1 large potato, coarsely grated
  • 1 large onion, coarsely grated
  • 2 handfuls finely shredded spinach leaves
  • Oil for frying
  1. Sift all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the above.
  3. Mix in enough water to make a thick batter.
  4. Heat some oil in a large frying pan; add a heaped teaspoonful of this mix to the oil.
  5. Turn over when they are golden brown.
  6. Once the other side is golden brown, remove and drain on absorbent paper.
Serve hot with a chilli sauce
Tip:As a variation you can omit the spinach, grated onion and grated potato and also dip, sliced eggplant,cauliflower, potato or courgettes into the batter before frying.
Fry chilli bites over a medium heat otherwise they might end up being brown outside, but uncooked on the inside.


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