Portuguese Sides/ Snacks/ Soups, Veganised traditional Portuguese dishes

little ‘fish’ from the garden

Here’s a little fact you probably didn’t know: it was the Portuguese in the 16th century that taught the Japanese how to make tempura. There, said it! In Portugal we have this traditional snack called ‘peixinhos da horta’- little fish from the garden, and is basically green beans involved in some kind of tempura batter and fried. They have a lot of potential to be vegan, even the name would be a great vegan pun! But the majority of recipes I see have eggs. Well, not mine, super easy and works perfectly well!

Time: 20 minutes

Type: snack

Difficulty: 1 pan

Serves: 2 to 3 servings

What you need:

200g green beans

1/4 cup chickpea flour

1/4 all purpose flour

1 tbsp ground flaxseeds

a pinch of black salt (or table salt)

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

black pepper to taste

150ml beer or sparkling water

oil to fry


small pot




mixing spoon

frying pan

kitchen paper towels to soak excess oil


Wash the green beans and trim the little stem ends; boil for about 5 minutes over medium heat;

Put all dry ingredients for the batter in a bowl and add beer/sparking water, mixing well; Heat a little oil in a large frying pan;

Drain green beans and dip them in the batter (one or just a few at a time) and once the oil is hot, place greens beans in the frying pan (make sure there’s some space between them otherwise the batter will merge);

Fry each side for 1 or 2 minutes and once golden remove from the frying pan and place in a kitchen towel (you can fry a good bunch of them each time if your frying pan is large enough);

They’re great hot or cold!


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