I have lost over 7 stone following the Slimming World plan and love adapting recipes to fit in with the diet.
Vegetarian kebabs for less than 1/2 syn!
Low syn kebabs for taster night!
If you are struggling for ideas for your next Slimming World taster session these tasty little vegetarian kebabs went down a storm in my group!
These little Indian vegetarian kebabs are packed full of flavour and make ideal low syn snacks if you are following the Slimming World food optimising plan, or you could even have them as a starter with a nice Slimming World curry and stay on plan!
These low syn treats are adapted from a recipe in Meera Sodha's Fresh India. I have adapted many recipes in this book to make them Slimming World friendly and they have all worked well. The ladies at my group taster session were very impressed!
Meera Sodha is The Guardian's new Vegan columnist. I was so impressed with her first book, Made in India that I had to get Fresh India as soon as it was released.
I'm not a vegetarian but I do like a few meat-free meals during the week. There are lots of tasty vegetarian recipes in Fresh India using readily available ingredients. The Hara Bara Kebabs adapt perfectly for food optimising and work out at about 1/2 syn each.
Taster sessions at Slimming World can be a nightmare if you are unsure of what to bring. I know some members who have missed the group just to avoid taster night.
Yes, some people don't have the time to make things, they lead busy lives, but for others, it is a matter of not being able to come up with the inspiration for an idea for some little bite-sized low syn snacks for their taster session. If that is you then try these kebabs, they really are amazingly tasty!
Equipment needed to make the kebabs
You don't need any special equipment for making these kebabs, but a pestle and mortar would be useful for grinding the seeds and making the paste.
You probably have everything else in your kitchen:
- Knife for chopping
- Heavy frying pan
- Large bowl
- Spatula for turning the patties
Ingredients you will need to make these low syn taster session treats
- 500g white mashing potatoes (Maris Piper or King Edward)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 2 green finger chillies
- 3 1/2 centimeters ginger, peeled
- 200g spinach leaves
- 200g frozen peas, defrosted
- 2 tablespoons gram flour (4 syns)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 3 tablespoons coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
- spray oil - I used rapeseed oil in a pressurised oil mister which I calculated was about 4 syns.
How to make the Slimming World friendly hara bara kebabs
- First you should cook the potatoes until they are completely tender, then drain and mash them well in a large bowl (I used a potato ricer for this). Set aside to cool.
- Coarsely grind the cumin seeds in a pestle and mortar, then transfer them to a small bowl. Grind the green chillies together with the ginger in the pestle and mortar until they form a paste then mix with the cumin.
- Wash the spinach and bring a pan of water to the boil, put the spinach in for a minute then drain and refresh under cold water for 30 seconds. When it has cooled enough to handle squeeze out as much water as you can, then chop the spinach finely and add to the bowl with the mashed potato.
- Next add the peas, cumin, ginger & chilli paste, gram flour, lemon juice, salt, garam masala and coriander to the spinach and potato and using your hands mix well, almost like you are kneading bread.
- When everything is well combined take little balls of the mixture and form into patties around 2cm thick. Put a heavy frying pan over quite a high heat and spray with oil and fry the kebabs (in batches leaving enough room in the pan so you can easily turn them) for about 2 to 3 minutes until golden and crisp. Then spray the tops of the kebabs with a little more rapeseed oil, turn and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes,
- Serve with raita. Made with fat free youghurt of course :-)
Low syn Slimming World taster ideas
Virginia Billeaud Anderson from Houston, Texas on September 26, 2019:
Sniff It Out, thank you for the Hara Bara Kabobs recipe. I intend to try it. The kabobs appear to be low in carbohydrates, yet the ginger and chili paste will make them full of flavor. Virginia