• 250g sugar beans, cooked
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/4 medium red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 carrots, coarsely grated
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tap sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • oil for shallow frying
On again with the experimenting 🙂 So I bought some sugar beans which I intended to make my lovely bean stew with. Then whilst I was doing the dishes before preparing the beans, a thought just hit me; “what if I could make bean balls (as in meatballs but made out of beans!)? Surely if I could make bean patties I can make bean balls!” And that’s how it all started.

Fantastic doesn’t begin to describe the gusto you get in your mouth after trying one bit of these mean bean balls 🙂 Again, I bet if they made beans in this manner at our local boarding schools, kids would love love love sugar beans and many of our former borders would not despise them the way they do now! Okay, enough about that, let’s get to how you make these babies 🙂

Quick Instructions

  1. Get everything you’ll need ready. If you had not already done so, add salt to your precooked sugar beans (250g). Add sweet paprika (1/2 tsp),  curry powder (1 tsp) and soy sauce (2 tsp).
  2. Mash up your beans until you get a lumpy-like mixture. (We’re not really looking for a smooth mixture here). Add the peppers (1/4 medium red & green peppers, chopped), garlic (3 cloves, minced), ginger (1 tsp fresh ginger, minced), onions (1 small onion, chopped finely), carrots (2 carrots, coarsely grated) and breadcrumbs (2 cups). Give everything a good mix until it’s all combined. Roll them up into your bean balls and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to set the bean balls.
  3. Add oil in pan and fry these until they brown up. Turning them as you would meatballs. And you’re done. Enjoy! Serve with your preferred starch or with just a salad or even on their own as a on-the-go snack.


Pictorial Detailed Instructions

Step-1

Get everything you’ll need ready (a). If you had not already done so, add salt to your precooked sugar beans. Add sweet paprika (b), curry powder (c) and soy sauce (d).

 

Step-2

Mash up your beans until you get a lumpy-like mixture (a). (We’re not really looking for a smooth mixture here). Add the peppers, garlic, ginger, onions, carrots and breadcrumbs (b). Give everything a good mix until it’s all combined (d). Roll them up into your bean balls and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to set the bean balls.

Step-3

Add oil in pan and fry these (a) until they brown up (c). Turning them as you would meatballs. And you’re done. Enjoy! Serve with your preferred starch or with just a salad or even on their own as a on-the-go snack. Alternatively, if you don’t want to fry them, you can chuck them in the oven, drizzle a little oil on them and bake at 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit/ Gas Mark 5 for about 30 minutes   or until they’re a golden brown colour.

 

Mean bean balls

Mean bean balls

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So the next time you have sugar beans in your pantry why not give these a go. Remember, I’d love to hear how it went in you kitchen so please do return with your truly appreciated feedback.

Note, you will need to eat these whilst they are still hot and straight out of the pan otherwise you’ll lose that “crispiness” which adds to the enjoyment of these. If you do however have some leftover, you can add them to a stew and enjoy with spaghetti to make spaghetti and bean balls 😀 You can also put them in this delicious creamy beef stew with muriwo. Are you on ZimboKitchen mailing list yet? Join over 800 other home chefs receiving recipe alerts by email. Sign-up here.

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