Friday, August 10, 2012

Spicy Zucchini Fritters

I try not to make too many dishes that are deep fried, but when it's for a party I do go all out.  I actually made these a few weeks back for my son's birthday party and the kids and adults all dove into them and they were gone fast.  Zucchini is in abundance these day at the grocery stores so I always have some around to use up.  These Spicy Zucchini Fritters are tasty plain or with a yogurt dipping sauce.  The kids just dipped it in ketchup like they were fries.  You can serve them as a snack, appetizer or even with a meal.

1/2 cup gram flour (chickpea flour) or more as needed
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbs cumin seeds
1 cup soda water chilled or more as needed
1 1/2 lbs zucchini cut into thick strips or batones
oil for frying

Slice zucchini.  Mix batter with all above ingredients (except oil for frying).  Taste the batter to see if you need to add any additional spice.  You want the batter to be like a pancake batter so you can dip the zucchini in it to coat.  I actually added more chickpea flour and and adjusted the liquid to get the right coating consistency.

Heat oil to medium high heat. Gently add each dipped and battered zucchini to the oil separately. Fry until all sides are golden brown and drain on a paper towel.  Sprinkle with salt while hot if you like them a little saltier. Serve with desired dip.  See recipe for Yogurt mint dip: Yogurt Mint Dip

Recipe Adapted from 200 Curries by Sunil Vijayakar

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