Cheesy Spinach Chilli Bites

Make your own baby spinach chilli bites and add a glorious melted mozzarella centre. This decadent treat is a perfect starter when entertaining guests.

You will need:

4 green chillies, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 potato, grated
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
Handful coriander, roughly chopped
2 spring onions, chopped
2 handfuls baby spinach leaves
250g mozzarella, cut into 1cm batons
Extra flour and egg
Vegetable oil for frying

In a food processor pulse together the chillies, onion, coriander seeds, cumin, salt and paprika. Add chickpeas and blend into a paste. Place this mixture into a bowl and add potato, flour, baking powder, egg, coriander, spring onions and baby spinach leaves, and mix well. Dip the mozzarella batons into egg and flour and then into the batter, making sure they are covered well before dropping into hot oil to fry until crisp. Serve immediately just as they are, or dipped into a sour cream and mustard sauce.

The Gardener