I got the inspiration to make this dish from my mom, as it was one of my favorite things to munch on during early childhood. They’re tasty and generally are a very healthy treat, low in fat and high in protein.
Lentils are widely cultivated throughout North Africa, they’re used mainly in soups and stews. The dish I’m going to be creating is called Kuumba Lentil Fries, to put this dish together, we use a few special ingredients to create the base. The ingredients and the process to make these amazing fries will be mentioned in the cook book.
Growing up as a young lady in the small island of Barbados, I was raised on vegan products due to my family’s diet and culture, being raised in a vegan home was very difficult for me.
I was hungry on many occasions and didn’t know what to eat or prepare or may not have had the resources to make much, in cases like that I would definitely rely on my mom’s lentil pea fries.
Now that I’m older and can do more for myself, every time I prepare the dish it’s a reminder of my childhood days along with the fact that we as individuals have to do all that we can to survive, regardless of the resources we have.
Preparing this dish helps release me from the past chains attached to the stereotype behind the use of lentils, having such a low energy term such as ‘‘poor’’ holding it captive due to old beliefs passed down on us in different communities. It is my way of reminding the black society of today that low cost dishes that can provide nourishment and flavor in both bad times and the good, needs to be seen as an asset and not a burden.
Kuumba Lentil Fries
- 1 Frying Pot
- 1 Spatula
- 1/2 pack Lentils
- 4-5 cups Wholewheat Flour
- 3 cubes Vegetable Maggie
- 1 diced Onion
- 4 cloves Garlic
- 1 stock Chives (Also known as green onions)
- 1/2 bunch Thyme
- 1 whole Scotch bonnet pepper
- 1 Half ripe banana
- 1 cup Water
- 1/8 cup Olive oil
- Wash lentils In a saucepan.
- combine the lentils and water
- Cook and bring to a boil, cover, stir occasionally and let it sit for about 10 to 20 minutes or until soft and tender.
- Combine all of the prepped ingredients into a mixing bowl and gradually mix for about 5minutes to ensure your mixture forms into a paste. Add flour and water if needed.
- Prepare for frying using a frying pan of your choosing, place on a medium to high heat. Add half a pan of oil to ensure the Kuumba lentil fries can be submerged.
- Use a spoon to scoop out batter based on the size you prefer, after scooping the desired amount place into the oil and press down gently with the back of the spoon to create a flat shape.
- Let your Kuumba lentil fries fry until golden brown on both sides, set aside a plate and place two pieces of bounty paper. Once the fries are finished, place on paper to drain oil.
- Once fries or cooled, dig in!