Today we want to show how to make air fryer eggplant fries for a low-fat, healthier take on the classic potato fries. You'll need only a few simple ingredients and your trusty air fryer. In less than 30 minutes, you'll be munching on a big bowl of crispy and healthy chips. Let's do it!
Preparing these eggplant fries is super simple: all you need to do is cut them into thick sticks and then bread them with starch, vegan "flax-egg", and panko breadcrumbs. Finally, pop them into the air fryer basket and let the machine do its magic. Your crunchy aubergines chips are ready to be savoured, dipped in vegan mayo or a spicy chilli sauce.
Classic French fries are deep-fried in very hot oil, making a tasty yet rather unhealthy snack. When your prepare fries at home from scratch, you can have complete control over the ingredients and cooking methods. Baking the chips in the oven is already a healthier option to deep-frying. But cooking them in the air fryer, means you won't need any oil at all. Plus, you'll have much crunchier fries, ready in half of the time — it's a win-win!
The air fryer works by circulating very hot air around the food, which gives it a crispy crust. Without using any oil, you can get a similar texture and taste to deep-fried foods like chips and pastries. Cooking with an air fryer can help you drastically reduce the fats and calories in the foods you eat, helping you lose weight and stay healthy.
Why make chips with aubergines instead of potatoes? For once, aubergines are lower in carbs than potatoes, and have a better nutritional profile. But also because it's fun to try new things! After dusting them with starch, we coated them with flax-egg instead of beaten eggs, to keep the recipe vegan and low-fat. Finally, we breaded them with panko breadcrumbs seasoned with curry powder and paprika for a crispy crust full of flavour.
Crunchy and golden, these healthy, air-fried eggplant chips are simply irresistible. We're sure they won't last long once baked — ours certainly didn't! The good news is that a serving of these veggie fries has only 180 calories and it covers less than 5% RDI of fats and 12% RDI of carbs. Amazing!