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Chef Dee savours her cooked testicle creation

Where I come from in the North West, the testicles of a slaughtered animal are as much a part of a feast as any other part of the animal’s body.
The balls – or “ditabole” in Tswana – are also respected for their particular powers. A woman wanting to have a baby boy will be fed the ditabole mixed up with other organs, like the womb and intestines. This mixture is called Nngati. 
Testicles are a part of many cultures’ diets, and have been forever. In ancient Greece, the Olympic athletes would eat them raw. They knew that testicles produce that powerful hormone, testosterone. They believed by eating them they would increase their power.
All over the world people still dish them up, whether braaied, fried, or in a stew. In America, you’ll find cooked balls on the menu as “rocky mountain oysters” or “lamb fries”.
As you’ll discover, once you have freed the testicles from the scrotum, they are almost like chicken breasts in their look and texture. As for their taste ... follow the recipe below and find out!
Watch the video below!

BATTER-FRIED TESTICLES IN PITA

INGREDIENTS
A pair of sheep (ram) testicles
125g cake flour
150ml beer (Castle Lager)
Salt to taste
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp mother-in-law spice
300ml oil for cooking
1 tbspn butter
Mayonnaise to serve
1 sliced tomato 
Half an avo, mashed
For the coleslaw
I used ready-made coleslaw, but if you want to make it yourself you will need to mix:
A quarter cabbage, grated
2 carrots, grated
METHOD
With a sharp knife, cut open the scrotum to release the testicles.
Cut the membrane that covers the testicles.
Slice into bite-sized chunks and soak for 10 to 15 minutes in beer. Set aside.
Make the batter by mixing the flour, beer, salt, paprika and chicken spice. The consistency should be wet but not sloppy. Set aside.
In a frying pan, heat the oil until hot enough to splutter.
Dip each chunk of testicle into the batter until completely coated. Put in the hot oil to deep fry.
Allow to fry until batter becomes crispy.
Remove from the oil and put battered testicles on paper towel or a cloth to drain excess oil.
In a separate frying pan, melt the butter. Cut the pita bread in half and lightly fry each side.
Line the inside of the warmed pita bread with mashed avo. Fill the pita with sliced tomatoes, coleslaw and the battered testicles.
Serve with a few squirts of mayo to taste.
 

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