Eefukwa or Bambara groundnuts are one of Namibia’s traditional legumes. It is very popular in northern Namibia where it is often boiled and eaten as a snack. Eefukwa is also delicious when cooked as a stew, or even as an addition to stews. Elsewhere in Africa it is processed into a flour that is used to bake bread. This is a recipe for something different: eefukwa or bambara groundnut fritters. Although Eefukwa fritters are not traditional, it is a great way to use this traditional ingredient.
Most cuisines that include beans have at least one recipe for bean fritters. Even if eefukwa is technically a legume and not a bean, they are great for making fritters. With a few small tweaks this recipe could be completely vegan or vegetarian. These fitters also make great vegan or vegetarian burger patties.
Eefukwa (Bambara Groundnut) FrittersCourse: Snacks, LunchCuisine: NamibianDifficulty: Easy
Eefukwa (Bambara groundnut) fritters are an ideal snack or light lunch. These legumes are an all round food that contains fat, protein and carbohydrates.
3 cups bambara nuts, cooked till soft
1 medium sized onion, diced very finely
2 spring onion, sliced finely
1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and diced
2 red chili, seeds removed and finely shredded
1 large zucchini (baby marrow), cut into match sticks
3 tablespoons fresh corriander, roughly chopped
½ cup flour
3 eggs, separated
cracked black pepper
oil, for frying
- Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until very hot. Add a large spoonful of the fitter mixture to the hot oil and fry till golden brown on one side, then flip the fitter and cook the other side till golden brown. Place on absorbent kitchen paper to drain. Continue until all the fitters are cooked.
- Serve hot with a dipping sauce made from yogurt, fresh chopped chilies and coriander, and lemon juice. The fritters should be served hot and eaten immediately after cooking to ensure they remain crisp.
- Make sure not to over-crowd the pan with too many fitters at a time. Three should be enough. Make sure the oil comes back up to heat between batches of fritters. If the oil starts to scorch remove the pan from the heat. Pour out the oil. Start with fresh oil and bring that up to temperature before adding a new batch of fritters.