Red Kibble

Finally, The Slow Zone presents Belter Red Kibble!  It’s fried, spicy goodness. Enjoy it pulling a few Gs or on the float.

“[Naomi] opted for red kibble from a scarred kiosk with adhesive from generations of nightclub flyers caking its sides. It came in a brown pressed-shred container that fit in her left palm with a plastic spatula like a flattened spoon to eat with. The first bite filled her mouth with cumin and her mind with dust-covered memory. For a moment, she was in her bunk on Tio Kriztec’s ship, huddled over the white ceramic bowl she had loved then and forgotten for years, eating quietly while the others sang in the galley”

(Nemesis Games : 9 : Naomi)

“[They] ate lunch together in a tiny compartment with ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES stenciled on the door in four languages. It had a few unlabeled crates in it that they could use as tables and benches, so they’d taken to calling it the Diner. The meal was the heavily spiced and deep-fried balls of bean paste that Belters called red kibble. “

(Persepolis Rising : 26 : Bobbie)

The word “kibble” is synonymous with the Earther term for pet or animal food.  Whether or not, Earthers used kibble at first as a derogatory way to describe food in the Belt is unknown, but the term kibble stuck regardless.

Its name also provides us with an insight as to the shape, size, and texture of kibble: small, ball or pellet-like.

Red Kibble consists of bean paste.  This bean paste can be either fried, baked, or eaten as is. In The Expanse, Red Kibble is said to be deep fried.

Soya Chunks Which is a great meat alternative looks similar to the kibble most  fans imagine from the books. It can be found at most Asian grocery stores.

Here, we will fry the kibble because it is the quickest and most versatile option.  

Belter Street, or Corridor Food, is part of the Belter culture as it is in many countries on Earth.  Frying remains the quickest way for vendors to sell their kibble.

On the television series, we see a bunch of goo with what looks like bean and corn.  Sorry, guys and gals, but I’m going with the books’ description.

There are a wide variety of beans that are an excellent source of protein that could possibly make kibble.  Soya Chunks (Meal Maker) is the best option for the Red Kibble because it was used, quite frequently, by the many of the cultures that came together while immigrating to the Inner Planets and the Belt.

The finished product should have the shape of dried “dog food” and be covered in a thick red sauce.  The sauce will provide the red flavor and spiciness. Also, don’t forget that Belter Kibble has the strong flavor of cumin.

Kibble Ingredients

  • (1 cup or 200g) Soya Chunks
  • (1 tbsp) flour
  • (1 tbsp) plain yogurt
  • (1 tsp) curry powder
  • (1 tsp) cumin seeds or powder

Red Sauce Ingredients

  • (1/2) canned crushed tomato
  • (1 tsp) garlic powder or 1 chopped clove
  • (1 tsp) paprika
  • (1 tsp) cayenne / red pepper powder
  • (1 tsp) salt, or to taste


Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and turn the heat off. Add salt and the Soya Chunks.  Mix well and let soak off the burner for 20-30 minutes. After the allotted time, drain the soya.  Gently squeeze them of their moisture (if cool enough to handle). Set aside in a separate mixing bowl.  Put in the yogurt, flour and curry powder. Mix very well. Placing them in a pan, fry them until golden brown.  Drain them and set aside. In another pan with a teaspoon of oil on medium-low, cook your garlic for 10 seconds, and then safely add your tomatoes.  Mix in the paprika, pepper, and salt. Let simmer on low for 5-7 minutes. Add the soya chunks and coat them with your mixture. Plate it up and tear it up.  Eat that Red Kibble, beltalowda!

6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I made this tonight and it was delicious. I had to fill in the gaps of the recipe (no mention of salt in the ingredients for the soy chunk soak, no mention of what medium to use to fry the soy chunks etc) but that was no big deal. Patched it up and then tore it up, effin’ tasty. Thank you!

  2. It was amazing, nice everyday curry recipe that has a good chance to become one of my regular dishes from now on. Thanks for the post.

  3. So like, at what point do I add the Cumin?
    For now I will just add it to the (vegetable) yoghurt/flour mix.

    1. Yes, that’s when you add the cumin. I used cumin seeds because I was looking for added crunch. Powdered cumin is perfect, too.

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