Zucchini and Onion Fritters
Yay it’s fritter time! One of my very favourite form of food is finger food. It’s so easy and casual while still being completely alluring – a little nibble here, a crumb there, maybe even with a drizzle of this, or a scoop of that. There are few things more satisfying than sharing a few plates of delightful nibblies with your favourite humans, I think we can agree on that.
This is such an easy little number to whip up. If you have onions, zucchini and chickpea flour, you’re most of the way there. The rest is just improvisation and decoration.
Serve them with both a sweet chutney and a tangy yoghurt sauce for a bit of fun and contrast.
While you’re at it, you might as well make some samosas to accompany them, or maybe even some herby spinach and cheese triangles.
Zucchini and Onion Fritters
Inspired by The Tiffin Box
2 large firm zucchini (700g)
1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
1 large red onion, quartered, then finely sliced
½ bunch coriander, leaves picked and reserved for the yoghurt, stems finely chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp whole cumin seeds
½ tsp turmeric
freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ cups chickpea flour
½ cup water
oil for deep/shallow frying
250ml plain Greek yoghurt
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp water
1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
the leftover leaves from the coriander from above, finely chopped
1/3 tsp salt
Date chutney, to serve
Grate the zucchini on the big holes of a grater. Transfer to a colander, and sprinkle over the salt. Give everything a good squish, then let it sit for 15 minutes or so. You can either wait longer or not at all – the point is, we want to get as much liquid out of the zucchini as possible. Get back to your colander and smoosh the zucchini around, trying to squeeze all that liquid out. When you find there is simply no more liquid left, and you have zucchini shreds of about half the volume you did before, dump them into a large bowl. Add the onion, coriander stems, spices, baking powder, chickpea flour and water, and give it a good stir. Give it a little taste, because it might need more seasoning. If so, add extra salt. The mixture shouldn’t be too wet – it should just hold together nicely.
Preheat your oven to 150°C. While you’re frying your fritters, you can keep the already fried ones warm in the oven, so when you serve them, they’ll all be the same temperature.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and drop in little spoonfuls of mixture. Once they’re golden on one side, flip them over and finish the other side. Let the cooked fritters rest on a bed of kitchen paper while you continue with the rest of the mixture.
For the yoghurt, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Serve with the fritters and the date chutney.