Fritters, family and fun in the kitchen

Looking for a recipe refresh? UVic alumni Umeeda and Nareena Switlo are in the business of flavour innovation. The mother and daughter team started a thriving international food and beverage business together, Naledo, that provides needed employment in Belize. Their signature product, Truly Turmeric, is a spice paste made from whole turmeric root.

We asked the spice-savvy duo to share one of their special dishes with the UVic community. In the resulting video, they show us how to make Mung Bean Fritters, a recipe created by Lella Umedaly, or “Mamajee,” Umeeda’s mother.

Mung Bean Fritters


  • 1/2 cups split moong dhal 
  • 1/2 cup black-eyed white beans 
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (with stem)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste 
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste 
  • 2 tsp chopped green chili 
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda 
  • 1 tablespoon Truly Turmeric 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 
  • 1 tsp sea salt (optional)



Find out more about the Switlos’ inspiring journey to create their social enterprise together in the TORCH magazine and see their products here:

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2 Responses

  1. Dr. A. Claire Cutler says:

    Thanks for the great recipe Umeeda and Nareena!! I watched your video with my daughter, Dylan, who you know!
    Stay safe and cooking!!!
    Claire Cutler

  2. Nareena says:

    Thank you Claire! So glad 🙂 We just lost mamajee this week so sharing her recipes is even more special now.

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