Who doesn't love a fritter, whether it's vegetarian or loaded with corned meat, or in the form of a rosti, a bhaji, or a potato cake. They are all based on the same theme, crunchy on the outside and delicious on the inside.What a wonderful surprise these fritters were, considering they are made with chickpea flour, and are gluten free, dairy free, and egg free, which isn't something I normally think about, so you can just about make them for everyone without needing to worry about any culinary issues. These are perfect for a meat free Monday dinner.
I purchased some chickpea flour from the supermarket especially for this recipe, after I had watched a cooking segment on the ABC News Breakfast programme (Australia), where Alice Zaslavsky, resident chef, presented them to the hosts Michael and Lisa and of course they were devouring them on air, how unkind, although they probably don't have time for brekkie before the show. They looked delicious and made me just a bit peckish, I hadn't eaten brekkie either by then. Alice didn't actually cook them on the show, however there is a video on ABC Everyday of her making them, and I felt I needed to give them a try in my kitchen.
Chickpea flour (or besan flour) whilst being free of gluten, acts like egg when you add liquid to it. In this recipe the liquid from the zucchini after it rests with salt, is enough to bind the flour. As Alice said, the water you drain out of your chickpea tin can also act as a common plant-based egg replacement if necessary, aka aquafaba. The ratio of vegetable to flour is perfect in these fritters, however if you want to add more vegetable such as peas or grated carrot you can.
Let's Cook some fritters:
Makes 10 - 12 fritters
400 g (3-4 medium sized ones) zucchini
100 g (1/2 a small one) Spanish or red onion
1 teaspoon salt flakes, plus extra for sprinkling
1 cup (110 g) chickpea (besan) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons olive oil
1. Use the grating function on your food processor to coarsely grate the zucchini and the onion, or do this using a hand held grater. I don't have a good relationship with graters so I avoid them whenever I can, but if you are ok with them use the coarsest teeth on your grater.
Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt flakes on top of the grated zucchini in a largish bowl and stir through the salt, mix it all up and let it rest for 5 - 10 minutes. It should get really juicy, as the zucchini releases all those lovely juices which binds the chickpea flour together.
2. Scatter the chickpea flour on top of the zucchini mixture, either through a sieve or by mixing it with your fingers to sift out any lumps. Sprinkle in the baking powder. Stir all of this together with a spatula and it should start to come together to form a ball of batter in your bowl. If it is still too wet to come together, slowly add another tablespoon of chickpea flour until it binds together.
3. In a frypan, add two-thirds of the olive oil (2 tablespoons) and when it starts to heat up, or "shimmer" add heaped tablespoons of the mixture into the pan, but not too closely together or it will be difficult to turn them over. They should be sizzling slightly. After putting the mixture in the pan, flatten each fritter slightly with your spatula or egg flipper.
4. As the bases of the fritters start to cook they will become golden and crispy, and that is when you flip them over using your egg flipper and a spoon. Cook both sides, drain them on a kitchen towel on a plate, and whilst still hot, sprinkle lightly with salt flakes. Keep warm in the oven until they are all cooked.
The fritters will keep well in a covered container in the frig for 4-5 days, or an extra batch can be frozen, thawed out overnight and then reheated. I haven't done this, but Alice says to "whack'em in on a lined tray, crank up the oven to 160 deg.for 10-15 minutes, because by the time the oven's heated up, the middles have too."
Add some frozen peas or corn to your vegetable combination. Just thaw them by pouring some boiling water over 1/2 cup of either, drain and add to the mixture. Other vegetables can also be used such as grated sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin or beetroot, how versatile is that?
Or add some spices such as smoky paprika, cumin, or curry powder, depends on what mood you are in, and what your gut tolerances are. Surprise your family by adding something different each time.
Thinking of all our friends overseas and in Australia who are still in lock down. Stay safe, the vaccinations can't come soon enough can they?
Happy cooking and delicious eating,
I just love how golden brown and crusty they look! Bet they are very fresh and tasty.ReplyDelete
Thanks Angie, yes they were very tasty. I was really pleased with them and I felt so satisfied when we had eaten them all:)Delete
I love these. I've just always called them zucchini pancakes, but whatever their name, they're fabulous! Love the color on your plate!ReplyDelete
Thanks Mimi, Fritters is such a good name for this kind of meal isn't it? Sounds very Aussie to me. Stay safe.Delete
I am so going to make fritters with chickpea flour - what a great idea and I have so much to use up :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Tandy, I have some leftover as well, might just have to make another batch:)Delete
Thanks for another great recipe, Pauline. I will buy some zucchinis at the market next week.ReplyDelete
Chel I'm sure you will enjoy these when you make them, a nice healthy option for a change as well. Thanks so much for your encouragement. Hope you are well, and that your hubby is in good spirits.Delete
That's very cool! I have a bag of chickpea flour in my fridge. I should definitely use it up like this :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Lorraine, I am sure you will do something exciting with your bag of chickpea flour. I love that these worked so well.Take care,PaulineDelete
I can never resist a fritter! Or three. :-) These look really interesting -- like the idea of using chickpea flour. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I know what you are saying, I can't resist fritters either. This batch went in one sitting at our place. Thanks for your comment KR.Delete
How delicious-looking! I will keep this in mind during the next zucchini season.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your comment Jeff. Yes I am always checking to see if the price for zucchinis is lower, I do so much with them. Take care.Delete
i think everyone loves a fritter! the only problem i find is that cafes make a thick pancakey thing with a bit of veg and call it a fritter. Eek!:) I like mine to be veg. with a bit of flour; the ratio has to be right. Zucchini make great fritters don't they?ReplyDelete
I have often been disappointed when I have ordered fritters in cafes as well Sherry. I was happy with the ratio of veg to flour in this mix, and more veges can easily be added as well. I wish we could grow zucchinis easily here as they are an essential veg, I agree. Thanks for your comment Sherry.Delete
looking forward to delving into alice's book ...Delete
Yes I must look out for it, but look forward to some of your adapted recipes. Thanks SherryDelete