Spicy Spinach and Cannelloni Beans Fritters

Spicy Spinach and Cannelloni Beans Fritters

A twist to the classic Indian bhajias are these white bean fritters made with cannellini beans, spinach and a hint of spice. These moreish fritters are an easy quick snack to feed a crowd.

Cannellini beans fritters
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White beans are usually associated with soups or stews, but here is a white beans fritters recipe that can be quickly made with just a few ingredients and is sure to be a palette pleasure.

This pan fried vegan fritters recipe is a slight twist to an Indian lentils fritters dish called ‘Daal ke Pakore’. It is almost like the popular ‘onion bhajias’ but instead of onions its made of lentils.

In this recipe I have replaced lentils with a can of cannellini beans also called white kidney beans and added fresh spinach and some spices to make some delicious indulgent beans fritters.

Ingredients For Making Beans Fritters

The inspiration of these gluten free fritters recipe came from a combination of Indian dal bhajiya’s ( or daal pakora’s) and Chila’s ( Indian gram flour pancakes)

So, one of the ingredients that you will need is gram flour also known as chickpeas flour. Here is the list of other ingredients:

FRESH AND PANTRY ITEMS

250gm , Cannellini Beans

1 cup Spinach, frozen or fresh

3/4 cup Gram flour

1 tsp Garlic powder or fresh chopped garlic (optional)

1/4 – 1/2 cup water

Lemon juice

Salt to taste

Oil for pan frying

SPICES NEEDED

Turmeric (Click here to read about the benefits and uses)

Red Chilli powder ( Click here to read about Kashmiri chillies )

Garam masala powder ( Click here for uses of Garam masala powder)

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS

Fresh coriander leaves

A handful of dry fenugreek leaves ( click here to read what are feugreek leaves )

Chaat masala powder ( What is chaat masala and uses here)

SUBSTITUTE INGREDIENTS

Substitute for cannellini beans – Use any other type of white beans (Other beans option in the FAQ section)

Substitute for gramflour – Use rice flour, plain wheat flour or fresh chickpeas ( other options in the FAQ section)

Cooking Steps With Images

STEP 1

Put the can of cannellini beans, spinach, garlic, spices and salt in a hand blender and blend into a coarse paste.

Add spices to the beans

STEP 2

Take the mixture out into a large mixing bowl. Add the gram flour to the beans mixture and mix it well to incorporate the flour with the beans and spinach mix. Add water to reach to a drop consistency . Not too thick and not to thin.

Add lemon juice, about 4 tsp of oil, handful of fresh coriander leaves to the beans and spinach mixture and mix well.

Add gram flour to the beans

STEP 3

Heat 4-5 tbsp of oil in a flat pan. Once the oil is warm scoop a large spoon and drop it in the oil. Cook on one side until light brown in colour and then flip to the other side.

Fry white bean fritters

STEP 4

Fry the fritters in batches until golden brown on both side. Drain on a kitchen towel , sprinkle with some chaat masala powder and serve hot with ketchup, taramind chutney or mint chutney.

white beans fritters

Cooking Tips and FAQ’s

Below are few tips to keep in mind when making these gluten-free beans fritters at home.

  1. Drain the cannellini beans well and maybe even wash them in cold water before grinding them.
  2. If you are using frozen spinach, drain the excess water out.
  3. Take note of the consistency of the mixture before adding water to it.
  4. Do not rush to flip the fritters as raw batter or mixture will stick to the pan. Only flip after 4-5 minutes into frying the raw side.
  5. You can also add freshly chopped green chillies for added flavour.

Where can I buy Gramflour or chickpeas flour from?

These days you can find chickpeas flour from the gluten-free section of a super market or in any gluten-free shop.

You can also buy gramflour from any Indian grocery store.

What can I substitute gramflour with?

If you are unable to find chickpea flour, you can use rice flour as the other gluten free option.

You can also use a mix of canned chickpeas and cannellini beans and add few tablespoons of corn flour (corn starch as binding)

Other gluten options are plain white flour.

Can I use any other type of beans for making cannellini beans fritters ?

Yes, you can replace white kidney beans with other types of white beans such as Great Northern Beans, black eyes beans or butter beans.

Other beans options that you can use to make bean fritters with are kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans, flava beans. black or brown beans to make these fritters.

I would avoid using beans that are smooth and mushy such as lima beans as they become to pasty.

Can I add any other vegetable other than spinach ?

Yes, you can add finely shredded zucchini, carrots and even corn if you wish.

What is chaat masala and why should I add it to the fritters?

Chaat masala is an Indian seasoning with a tangy taste. Adding a few sprinkles of chaat masala powder to the beans frittters enhances the taste. You can skip using chaat masala if you wish.

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Spicy Spinach and Cannelloni Beans Fritters

A twist to the classic Indian bhajias are these white bean fritters made with cannellini beans, spinach and a hint of spice. These moreish fritters are an easy quick snack to feed a crowd.

Cannellini beans fritters
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Preparation Time - 5 minutes |  
Cooking Time - 15 minutes |  
Total Time to Cook - 20 minutes |  
Servings -

Ingredients

FOR THE BEANS MIXTURE
  • 250gm , Cannellini Beans
  • 1 cup spinach, frozen or fresh
  • 3/4 cup gram flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or fresh chopped garlic
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 3 tsp of oil
  • 1 tsp chaat masala ( optional)
  • A handful of fresh coriander or dry fenugreek leaves ( optional)
FOR PAN FRYING
  • 5-6 tbsp sunflower oil or any frying oil

Instructions

MAKE THE MIXTURE
  • Put the can of cannellini beans, spinach, garlic, spices and salt in a hand blender and blend into a coarse paste. Make sure that the mixture is coarse and not to pastey or smooth
  • Take the mixture out into a large mixing bowl. Add the gram flour to the beans mixture and mix it well to incorporate the flour with the beans and spinach mix.
  • Now add water to reach to a drop consistency . Not too thick and not to thin.
  • Add lemon juice, about 4 tsp of oil, handful of fresh coriander leaves and/or dry fenugreek leaves to the beans and spinach mixture and mix well.
  • Your beans mixture is now ready.
FRY THE FRITTERS
  • Heat 4-5 tbsp of oil in a flat pan. Once the oil is warm scoop a large spoon and drop it in the oil giving the batter a flat shape.
  • Cook on one side until light brown in colour and then flip to the other side.
  • Fry the fritters in batches until golden brown on both side.
  • Drain on a kitchen towel , sprinkle with some chaat masala powder and serve hot with ketchup, taramind chutney or mint chutney.

Notes

  • Try to use cannellini beans in salted water if possible. Drain the beans and maybe even wash them in cold water before grinding them.
  • If you are using frozen spinach, drain the excess water out.
  • Ensure that the consistency is not to thin or else you will struggle to make the patties shaped fritters
  • Do not rush to flip the fritters as raw batter or mixture will stick to the pan. Only flip after 4-5 minutes into frying the raw side.
  • More tips to make these beans fritters in the Cooking tips and FAQ section above

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Genevieve
8 months ago

I need to make these for my Dad’s birthday celebration this weekend. This is one of his favorite dishes. Thank you for sharing!

Julie
Julie
8 months ago

I love everything about this recipe including all the amazing spices and herbs you used.

Julie
Julie
8 months ago

I converted this to being gluten free and it was amazing!

Joyce K.
Joyce K.
8 months ago

These are so delicious!!. They had just the right amount of flavor and spice!!

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