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Chilli Bites and chilly weather

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Generally I am a fan of all things chilli! Chilli Bites are one of my favourite snacks. The only thing ‘chilli’ I don’t like is chilly weather.

I am glad that Summer has arrived and we can now head off to the beach with our picnic basket filled with little nibbly bits.
One of my favourite lazy day spots is the beach. Soaking up the sun, feeling the sand between my toes, listening to the waves beating on the rocks…sipping iced tea or an ice-cold beer shandy and snacking on finger food.
I like to pack a fritter into the picnic basket as they can be made quickly and taste delicious when cold. Until I learned to make these at my Cape Malay cooking experience, I used to buy the Chilli Bites mix that you get at the shops. This is another quick and easy recipe I’ll be adding to my ‘Picnic Finger Food’ list.

Little fritters are ideal for picnics and just by adding different ingredients you can satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

These Chilli Bites or Dhaltjies (pronounced dull-cheese), as they are called here in South Africa are golden crispy on the outside and biting into them reveals a warm yellow inside as only turmeric can paint.

“Bites” is a very fitting name for these little treats as they are bite sized and traditionally they are rather ‘hot and spicy’, giving it a bit of a bite. You can get the recipe by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

As blogging is all about sharing – you just have to try this recipe for Mysoor lentil fritters that I came across when I visited Akheela’s site Torview . I like the idea of using shrimp in a fritter. I tried them last weekend and they are just so tasty. I love the sweet taste of the shrimp as you bite into the fritters.

What special ingredient do you add to your fritters?

Dhaltjies – Chilli Bites

Total Time: PT30 -45M

Yield: 18-20 dhaltjies

Serving Size: 6-8

Dhaltjies - Chilli Bites

Hot and spicy little chickpea fritters with authentic Cape Malay flavours.


1 cup flour
1 cup chickpea or pea flour
1 onion chopped
2 spinach leaves
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp fennel
1 tsp masala
5 ml salt
1 egg
200 – 250 ml water
Oil for deep frying


  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add the chopped onions and spinach and mix.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the egg. Mix all together well.
  4. Add water slowly and mix to form a dough. The consistency of the dough must not be too runny.
  5. Heat the oil to medium-hot in a small pot.
  6. Drop small teaspoons full of batter into the hot oil. Use a teaspoon that has been dipped into the oil to avoid sticking.
  7. Fry until cooked in the centre and the dhaltjie is floating to the top. You may use a skewer to check for readiness.
  8. Cook at least 4-5 chilli bites at a time but do not over fill your pot.
  9. Drain the chilli bites on a paper towel.
  10. Simple as that.


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  1. Jennifer Laceda (@jenlaceda)

    November 30, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I am soooo making this!!! Looks delicious! And lucky you! We are heading to winter here in the northern hemisphere 🙁

    • Ana le Roux

      November 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Hi Jennifer. You have the winter and snow for the festive season – that is lucky too. Our festivities are slightly different to the rest of the planet up north. No snow here and loads of heat, the less time spent in front of the stove the better. Enjoy…and thank you for your comment.

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