Recently I’ve been playing with recipies for veggie fritters and patties. After a splendid little pigout this evening, thought I might share.
One medium/large potato
Two or three florets of cauliflower
Two or three chards
tin of borlotti or butter beans rinsed and strained
100g feta cheese
3 tbsps flour
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper (more or less)
1/4 tsp tumeric #
1/2 tsp ground fenugreek
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp veggie stock powder
Few tbsps olive oil for frying
Peel and chop the spud, pop it and the chopped cauliflower in a saucepan with about a cup of boiling water. Let it simmer for a few minutes till you can stick a fork in it, doesn’t need to be thoroughly cooked at this point.
Chop up the chards and add them to the hot water for just a minute. They only need to be blanched.
Strain the veggies and put them in a mixing bowl with the flour and spices. Mash them up coarsely, leaving plenty of nice chunks. Add the beans, egg and crumble in the feta. Stir through.
If you leave out the egg, the mixture may be dry enough to form into patties in your hands, otherwise drop a soup spoonful into the hot pan and flatten them out.
Give them a few minutes on either side till they’re golden brown. Makes about ten or twelve.
The egg may be replaced with flaxseed meal, or omitted.
The feta could be replaced with hard tofu and perhaps an extra pinch of salt.
This is one of those “mothership” sort of recipies that you can happily play with and try all sorts of different veggies and spices. The other night I made up a bunch with more potato and cauli instead of beans.
Fenugreek might be hard to get hold of, but personally I find the taste well worth it. Apparently it’s also rich in phyto-progesterone which is handy. Tumeric is said to be one of the most potent anti-cancer compounds around. Too much is bitter, though.
Serve with salad or lightly stir fried veggies. They’re topped with a yogurt dressing in the pics which is just Jalna vanilla yogurt and a swig of cider vinegar. Comes out a bit like hollandaise sauce, without the raw egg and oil.