Spinach, black bean and cheddar tikki

15 Oct

Spinach, black bean and cheddar tikki

I am doing it again but must nip it in the bud. I am once again the hamster (on a wheel), the rat (slowly racing) and the chicken (very much headless). I am not quite the dog (I don’t eat other dogs and not just because I am vegetarian.) I am most definitely, absolutely the owl (night is when I work, not sleep). That is not because I enjoy being up late but because I want to be productive in a work sense, and also want my child to have his mother raising him and whilst my panda eyes lose focus now and again, my heart is not.

Spinach, black bean and cheddar tikki by Deena Kakaya

This time in life, I am looking back at the smaller steps I have made, and they are steps forward. I have so far been so fixated with big milestones for the future that I have neglected to be grateful and recognise for the smaller steps that I have made. The little things have lifted me, given me hope, encouraged me, kept my days rolling, stopped me thinking of wasteful things, buffered my falls, given me reason to channel energies, re-instilled confidence for me, pushed me to change, made me more humble, made me more me. The small things, the smaller steps. When I thought of how I would feel should I no longer have the teeny sized fruits of the small seeds I planted, then…well. It wasn’t a happy thought.

spinach tikki 2

This is why today, I share with you small tikki. I have taken inspiration from tikki that Indian street food sellers tantalise passers-by with; steaming hot patties that are crisp on the outside, fluffy and moist inside and full of peppery spice. Traditionally they would be made of chickpeas and potatoes and I am using deep black beans, silky spinach and a little oozy cheese. I have retained the influence of pungent and peppery chaat masala, which uses black salt.

Spinach, black bean and cheddar tikki by Deena Kakaya

Riverford sent me the silkiest perfect leaves of spinach, not punched with ominous looking holes. A huge bag of light green and juicy goodness, none of this limp stuff you often get. Spinach actually happens to be one of those refrigerator items that sometimes yield less love than we in our house can spread over the week, a bit like bananas. Now, experimental as I can be, I am not about to suggest pairing banana and spinach together today. Not today anyway, but the tikki, now those I ate a few straight off the pan, ah the little pleasures.

for the full recipe head over to great british chefs


17 Responses to “Spinach, black bean and cheddar tikki”

  1. Elaine @ foodbod October 16, 2014 at 6:02 am #

    They look GOOD!!!!

  2. kellie anderson October 16, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    These look so ooey gooey good!! Crazy good, in fact. I’m glad you are realising how far you have come and what you have achieved. But try and get more sleep my dear. 🙂

  3. Sophie33 October 16, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    Waw, What a fabulous tasty recipe,…love the special flavours in here,…a big Yum!

  4. Deena Kakaya October 17, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Thank you Kellie, and I am learning to be more grateful. I have a holiday booked at the end of the month, sleep is on the agenda-yaay! Hope you are well x

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 17, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    I love putting spinach and black beans together. This sounds delicious!

  6. Deena Kakaya October 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Thanks Danni, deep flavours eh x

  7. coconutcraze October 18, 2014 at 2:28 am #

    Now that looks absolutely tempting. Street food, fast food has re-emerged to become a healthy food! Kudos!

  8. Joanne October 21, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    I love these little bites! They sound super tasty.

  9. themuffinmyth October 22, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    These look lovely! I know what you mean about celebrating the small victories. It can be so easy to lose sight of how far we’ve come when we go little by little. But the little things should be celebrated as well!

    • Deena Kakaya October 22, 2014 at 8:04 am #

      Thanks Katie! Yes, although I’ve not climbed any mountains or conquered the world I think it’s been a pretty decent year so far x

  10. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry October 23, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Great flavour combo – I am in love with black eyed beans so I am sold.

  11. Cooksister October 28, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Oh my word these look good!! It’s hard to resist something that’s crispy on the outside and full of melty cheese goodness on the inside 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya October 28, 2014 at 9:00 am #

      Thanks Jeanne! Good job that they are hard to resist as they need to be eaten quickly after cooking to experience the best effect x

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