Crispy, light, golden brown & extremely flavourful – these fritters have all the potential to win your heart and your taste buds. And when you make these fritters for your guests, be ready to grab all the appreciation coming your way.
It is packed with veggies and aromatic seasonings and makes a perfect appetizer or an evening snack. You can make it on a rainy day during the monsoon season and enjoy it with a cup of chai. Or you can even serve these to your guests as an appetizer. Sometimes, we even make this for our dinner.
One day we had some guests coming over and I decided to make a full-fledged menu starting with appetizers followed by the main course and then dessert. I looked into my recipes and realized that I have no starter recipe – barely one or two. Then I decided that I have to have a collection of starter recipes on my website (and Youtube channel). I experimented with a lot of different starter recipes and so far shared hara bhara kebab which I make using many different green veggies, baked spring rolls, baked potato cheese balls, etc.
When I made these fritters for the first time, Jatin was a little skeptical about its taste. But when he had it, it was tough for him to stop. & I feel good because with this recipe you can include so many different veggies in your diet. I am going to make it again today because it is raining right now and I am craving some hot fritters and chai.
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- Veggies: You can add potatoes, green peas, or spring onion too.
- Chia Seeds: You can use powdered chia seeds or flax seeds too.
- Gouda Cheese: Use any cheese of choice like cheddar, mozzarella cheese, or any plant-based cheese. You can even skip adding it. It is an optional ingredient.
Is this recipe Vegan?
This recipe has just cheese which is not plant-based. You can replace it with any other vegan cheese of choice. You can even skip adding cheese since this is an optional ingredient. I added some nutritional yeast too which adds some extra nutrition and a nice cheesy flavor too.
How to cook Fritters?
You can either bake these fritters or shallow fry them with some little oil. Both the methods will result in a different texture. Baked ones will be slightly drier than the shallow-fried ones. Also, the shallow fried ones will have a much crispier texture. Baked ones can be made in much less oil which is healthier and good for those who avoid extra oil. Just brush some oil on the surface of fritters and bake until golden brown.
Can we freeze them?
Absolutely. These fritters mixture can be kept in the refrigerator for two days. Refrigeration develops more flavor. If after refrigeration it has more moisture, add flour accordingly.
You can even freeze them for up to a month. Make patties and put them in the freezer on a plate. Once the patties become hard, take them out and store in the zip-lock bag or air-tight container. Put them in the freezer for a month. When you want to cook them, take them out and heat and cook on low flame as given on the recipe below.
How to serve Broccoli Zucchini Fritters?
You can serve these fritters as is with some tea or coffee. Or you can also serve these with the following dips or chutneys:
- Seasoned Hung Curd – Add some salt, pepper, and coriander to the hung curd. Mix and it is ready.
- Tomato Ketchup
- Coriander Mint Green Chutney
- Tomato Pesto
- Chickpea Hummus
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Happy Cooking 🙂
Love from us
Richa & Jatin
Broccoli & Zucchini Fritters (Eggless)
Crispy. Light. Flavourful.
- 1.5 cup Broccoli grated
- 1 cup Zucchini grated
- 1 Red Onion (medium) finely chopped
- 1/2 cup Green Capsicum finely chopped
- 2 Green Chilli finely chopped
- 1/4 cup Poha (Rice Flakes)
- 2 tbsp Corn Starch
- 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour (Maida)
- 1/2 cup Gouda Cheese grated
- 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Black Pepper freshly cracked
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 3 tbsp Water
- Oil For Cooking as needed
Prepare Chia Egg
- In a small bowl, mix together chia seeds and water. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
You can even use powdered chia seeds.
- After 10 minutes, it will form a gel-like consistency. Keep it aside.
- Add some salt to the grated zucchini and keep it aside to release the moisture.
- After around 5 to 7 minutes, squeeze out as much water as you can from the zucchini.
Less moisture will make more crispy fritters.
- In a large bowl, add all the ingredients including zucchini and chia egg. Mix well and keep it aside for around 15 - 20 minutes.
This resting time allows all the flavors to combine well. Poha absorbs moisture and becomes soft.
- Heat around 2 Tbsp of oil in a pan.
- Shape the mixture into slightly thinner patties and place on the heated oil. Place as many patties as the pan can fit. Cook on medium-low flame until golden brown. Flip and cook from the other side too.
Add oil as needed. You may increase the quantity or simply brush the pan with some oil.
- Once all the fritters are ready, enjoy them with some hung curd dip, tomato ketchup, green chutney, etc.
Fritter is a Latin word meaning “to fry” or “to roast”. Fritter is any type of fried food that is often made of grated or finely cut veggies, meat, eggs, seafood, fruits, etc. A mixture is prepared using some flour to bind everything well and then it is shaped to fry until golden brown. You don’t need to deep fry fritters. Just shallow fry or roast with some oil until the surface becomes crispy and golden brown.
Rice flakes not just absorb the extra moisture of the fritters mixture/batter but also help in making these fritters extra crispy. If you are adding rice flakes, make sure to let it rest for 10=15 minutes because they need some time to absorb the moisture and become soft.
The fritters need some starch to hold the shape. Even if the mixture feels like it is falling apart while shaping, it all comes together while cooking. The starch of the corn starch and the all-purpose flour help in binding everything well and makes nicely shaped fritters.
Indian fritters are widely known as pakoras. They are made using vegetables like onion, potato, cauliflower, tomato, etc. The batter is made using gram flour (besan) and then the pakoras are deep-fried until golden brown and crispy. They are quite popular and enjoyed during the monsoon season.