Crispy turnip and bean balls

My heart belongs to turnip, there is no doubt. One of my favorite soups is this lemony turnip and red lentil soup and I even put this delicious root veggie into pies and into my mashed potatoes. And now these crispy turnip and bean balls...WOW. Just W O W! Yes, I'm so over the top and these little balls deserve it. I knew the turnip and beans would make a great combo and to serve them as crispy balls? Brilliant! Can you imagine that this recipe only has four main ingredients? Turnip, beans, whole wheat flour and onion. That's it. Add salt and you will have the tastiest little balls of heaven.

If you are not in the mood to form little balls, make patties instead. Either way, they will taste amazing. But these balls are just so fun to make and so fun to look at and so fun to eat! They will go great in your wraps or on sandwiches. With pasta, rice or potatoes. Or with any other grain or vegetable. Just make a load of them and eat them with whatever you like. And to make the experience even more satisfying, don't forget to serve them with some vegan mayo. You are welcome!

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Serves: 25-30 medium balls


  • 2 ½ cups / 300 g cubed turnip
  • 14 oz / 400 g canned beans (I used white beans)
  • 5 heaping tablespoons of whole wheat flour
  • 1 onion
  • ¾ - 1 tsp salt


Boil the turnip cubes until completely soft. Drain and mash with a fork. Drain and rinse the beans and mash with your hands (no need to puree them, just mash them a little bit). Add mashed turnip and mix it with beans. Add flour, very thinly chopped onion and salt. Stir carefully. Heat up the pan and pour some oil in it. Make your hands wet and form little balls. Cook them in batches in hot oil, until crispy on both sides. No need to deep fry them, just pan-fry them. Serve with vegan mayo if you want.