Sesame Balls and Dipping Sauce

These are for using up leftovers.

To feed a family – 2 adults, 2 kids- you’ll need.
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Roughly
1/2 cup of cooked pulses (probably white beans of some sort)
1/2 cup cooked rice
1/2 onion
1/2 cup vegetable (yup that vague- carrot or courgette are good)
1/4 cup uncooked polenta
1/2 cup sesame seeds
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

You could also add:
Red chilli
Lemongrass
Corriander

Blend everything except the sesame seeds together into something the texture of Humous. Add extra polenta if it’s really sloppy.

Using one hand for wet (the mixture) and one for dry (the seeds) make little balls and roll them in sesame seeds. This is messy.

Bake at 150c for an hour and then allow to cool.

Then either fry in a generous amount of oil or spray with oil and bake for 20 minutes.

Make dipping sauces to your taste- the kids have plain soy sauce, we have sirracha, sweet chilli sauce and this:

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon tahini
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 inch lemongrass
1 red chilli
Small handful corriander
1 clove garlic
All blended up.

Something Fishy

These were inspired by Fat Free Vegan’s Crab Cakes. Many thanks.
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These are also based on my crabby cakes with roasty sauce. Apologies for the photo, I didn’t know they’d be so yummy…

For the Fishy Cakes

Two serve two hungry vegans with salad as a main course, or four-six delicate appetites for a starter.

1 20oz, 500g tin of young green jackfruit in water, drained
100g dried haricot beans, soaked over night, boiled for 45 minutes and drained
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 pinch wakame flakes
1 stalk lemongrass, chopped
Handful of corriander
Juice of one lime
1 tablespoon Thai green curry paste
1 large chilli
Oil to fry

Method
Put the haricot beans, lime juice, paste, garlic, chilli lemongrass and wakame into your food processor and whizz till it has the consistency of rather dry hummus.

Add the jackfruit and whizz again until the jackfruit is shredded but not a paste. The mixture should look slightly disturbingly crab-like. Those little bits are jackfruit, not tiny bones.

Remove from the blender and shape into about 6/7 cakes.

Bake these on a non-stick mat for about an hour at 150c. You can skip this stage but it makes them hold together much better.

Refrigerate them until needed, then fry on both sides until nice and brown.

Thai-style Slaw
A simplified version of this recipe, using the ingredients I have.
1/2 cabbage, shredded
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
Handful of chopped roasted peanuts

Dressing- blend
1 teaspoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice or distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 small apple
Handful sugarsnap peas, finely chopped
1 tablespoon sirracha

Um… Mix it all up. Give it a couple if hours in the fridge, and then half an hour to warm up a bit.

Masala Fried Potatoes

Adapted from Madhur Jaffrey’s wonderful recipe, I’ve cut a few corners.

I make the sauce in the morning to give the flavours time to marry.

Serves 4-6, depending on whether you have other dishes with it, I usually serve this with dal and rice.
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Ingredients

600g potatoes, cubed
Oil to deep fry
Big handful of corriander, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon oil

Sauce
10 almonds
Plus a few extra
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon corriander seeds
6 cloves
10 peppercorns
5 whole cardamoms
1 teaspoon paprika
200ml vegan yoghurt
1 inch of ginger, skin removed
3 cloves garlic
1 onion, roughly chopped
Plenty of roughly chopped coriander to sprinkle on top.

Method
Blend all the sauce ingredients into a smoothish paste, put it in the fridge for several hours.
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Fry the potatoes to golden brown and drain.
Chop the extra almonds fairly coarsely, then heat the oil in a pan and fry them with sauce for a few moments before adding the potato. Toss to coat and serve, sprinkled with coriander.