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Malaysian Begedil, the Double Fried Patty
Now in a healthier “unfried” version!
Malaysian’s enjoy Begedil, a popular Malaysians’ side dish. Most eat begedil along with any rice dishes.Originally a deep-fried potato patty, we’ve created a healthier baked version. Some Indonesian historians claimed that the begedil originated in Indonesia, and call it the perkedel. They believed that the dish was inspired by a Dutch dish named frikadeller. And that happened during the Dutch colonization of Indonesia many years ago. The Dutch version is just basically a burger patty – flat, pan-fried meatballs of minced meat.
The Malaysians’ begedil,consists of quite a few versions. The vegan -friendly consists of just potato as the main ingredient. Malaysians double fry the potatoes to get a firmer texture. First frying – to soften the raw potatoes. Second frying – after molding the patty. For a healthier alternative, change the first frying into boiling.
NOTE: We alter the recipe to avoid frying. However, to maintain the traditional recipe, we include the information for your reference.
- 1 pound of potatoes
- 2 stalks spring onion
- A handful of Cilantro
- 3 tbsp. sauteed onion
- 2 tsp. white pepper
- black pepper
- Pinch of salt
- Boil the potatoes till soft. Drain and mash them in a bowl.
- Chopped spring onion and cilantro finely.
- Put the chopped ingredients, fried onions, peppers, and salt into the bowl of mashed potatoes.
- Mix them well.
- Shape them into patties.
- Carefully place the patties a baking sheet. Cook until the patties are golden brown.
- Alternatively, grill on an open grill, turning once to brown evenly.
- Transfer to a serving platter.
Why do we suggest baking or using a grill instead of frying?
Many of us grew up on fried foods. In fact, some of our favorite foods originated as a fried indulgence. And when we all did mostly physical work all day, those extra calories did serve a purpose.
However, calories offer only part of the story. Trans-fats, glycation end products, and other unsavory terms should scare everyone.
In fact, even when you burn off the extra calories, the damage to your health continues. <See article on frying here>
Indeed, nutritionists and other professionals agree. Consuming foods in the most natural state remains the healthiest option. Further, when you do choose to cook them, choosing a steamed or baked far surpasses fried. In fact, deep-frying may create a very unhealthy food from some of our most nutritious.
Therefore, we strongly urge you to consider avoiding fried foods entirely. If you choose to indulge, do so only occasionally. Your health will thank you!