Kala (Black-Eyed Pea Fritters from the Dutch Antilles)

Kala (Black-Eyed Pea Fritters from the Dutch Antilles)

Linda 2

"These spicy fritters made from black eyed peas are originally from the Dutch Antilles, a group of five small islands in the Caribbean."


12 h 20 m servings 217 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 217 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 9.3 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 25g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 9.3 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 249 mg
  • 10%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place black-eyed peas into a container, and cover with several inches of water. Allow to stand for 12 hours.
  2. Drain the water from the black-eyed peas. Place peas into the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until coarsely ground. Stir in the egg whites, salt, flour, and cayenne pepper to taste until dough consistency. Add more flour if necessary to hold the mixture together. Form into small balls, each about 2 inches diameter.
  3. Heat the oil in a heavy, deep skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) over medium-high heat. Carefully drop the balls into the hot oil, and fry until brown, about 5 minutes. You may need to lower the heat slightly after cooking the first kala balls. Turn frequently to brown evenly on all sides.
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  1. 9 Ratings


Made this recipe for the first time last night with several changes. I used a bag of frozen black eyed peas, thawed in water with a 1/4 cup dehydrated minced onion. Pureed this in blender, then ...

This was a good recipe and I made a few changes. Before I made these fritters I fried some fish and I used the leftover grease to make the Kala in which added a nice flavor. I did not make balls...

I think it needs a dipping sauce

not verry appetizing, i tried adding more seasoning but it didn't help. maybe if they were baked and you salted the water you soaked the beans in it would be more appetizing.

For Black Eyed Peas this is pretty good. I added Jamaican Jerk Spice to mine for added flavor.

Really liked this recipe, will definitely make again. (For those who prefer more of a spiced flavor would recommend adding a pinch to a teaspoon more of it to the batter)

I used canned beans. I cooked up some breakfast sausage and ground it into the mix. I added chili powder, garlic and some chopped red bell pepper. My wife thought it was a little dry . I serve...

Took the advice of others and added LOTS of seasoning, but they were still kind of bland. Wouldn't bother making them again.