Swedish Nonmeatballz, Carrot mash, Gravy and nan’s Quick Pickle

My passport is Danish, my father Norwegian and I grew up in Sweden. I have been
influenced by Scandinavian culture and flavours my whole life. This is an old Swedish classic with a plant-based twist, topped off with my grandmother’s quick pickle. Truly, this is comfort in a bowl.

Swedish Non meatballz

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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    For the Meatballs
  • 75g of brown rice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 6 tbsp of tamari, or more if you’d prefer saltier meatballs
  • 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 240g of black beans, from a tin or a jar (good-quality shop-bought), drained
  • 60g of oat bran, (check these are gluten-free if necessary)
  • 3 1/2 tbsp of grapeseed oil, or olive oil
  • For the Pickle:
  • 1 cucumber
  • 125ml of cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp of chopped dill
  • Carrot Mash:
  • 6 large carrots, peeled
  • 125ml of coconut milk
  • salt, preferably pink Himalayan
  • black pepper
  • Gravy:
  • olive oil, for frying
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 tbsp of tamari
  • 1 tbsp of cornflour, Bettina uses Maizena
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 375ml of coconut milk
  • To Serve:
  • seasonal greens
  • lingonberries, optional


  1. Start by cooking the rice following the packet instructions.
  2. In a medium pan, heat the olive oil and add the onion, thyme, 3 tablespoons of tamari soy and the mustard. Cook for 5 minutes until the onion is nice and tender. Once cooked, take off the heat and set aside
  3. In a food processor, add the onion mix along with black beans and pulse. Don’t overmix but blend until you have a sticky consistency.
  4. 4.Empty into a bowl and add the oat bran, cooked rice and remaining 3 tablespoons of tamari and give it a good mix.
  5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and with a small or big ice cream scoop, scoop out balls of mixture and gently roll until you have a round shape.
  6. Place them on the paper and store in the fridge until you are ready to cook them.
  7. To make the pickle, slice the cucumber thinly on a mandolin or use a cheese slicer. Add the slices to a bowl, followed by the rest of the ingredients. Give it a good mix and set aside.
  8. Next, make the carrot mash. In a large pan, boil the carrots until soft, then drain. Add to the blender with the coconut milk and blitz until you get the most beautiful orange mash. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. For the gravy, heat the olive oil and fry the shallots until nice and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tamari, cornflour and sugar. Take off the heat and slowly add the coconut milk, a little at a time, to create a roux, whisking to avoid lumps.
  10. Put the pan back on the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes until you have a lovely shiny gravy, then set aside.

The Meatballs can easily be made into burgers and grill well too.

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