Who says fries can only be made from potatoes? Not me. I have a new recipe made from garden eggs. Called afufa, anara or mkpuru ofe by the Igbos and Obe-Igba by the Yorubas. Solanum melongena or garden egg as we know it, is a highly valued vegetable and constituent of the African food. Culturally, garden egg is said to represent fertility and blessing – this explains why it is common to find it being served during wedding ceremonies in some communities across the African continent.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium garden egg peeled, ends removed
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper(optional)
  • 3 egg whites

Directions:

  • Cut garden eggs into French-fry shaped spears.
  • In a medium-large bowl, combine breadcrumbs and seasonings.
  • Place garden eggs in another large bowl. Top with egg whites and toss in breadcrumbs to coat.
  • One at a time, shake garden egg to remove excess egg, and lightly coat with breadcrumb mixture.
  • Fry for 1 min and serve with any dip of your choice

Recipe note:

You can bake it in the oven for 10 minutes.

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