This is a very quick and easy to make fritters that is perfect for an afternoon stack. I love these quick to make snacks in the evening. This is a kind of “thattikootu” snack, as not much cooking is involved in it. If it tastes delicious and is packed with nutrients, then I don’t mind even if it’s a “thattikootu” recipe. It just needs mixing ingredients and shaping in to fritters and baking it. Let the oven do the rest of the job.
This is a very versatile recipe which can be modified depending on what is in your pantry. You can make it with broccoli or cauliflower alone or can be used in combination. I steam the vegetables and mash it before mixing it. But if you prefer not to steam veggies, you can just chop it in to small pieces and mix with other ingredients. If you don’t prefer baking it, you may fry it on stovetop with oil. You can use ketchup, mayo or any dip of your choice.
This is a snack that I recommend for your little ones. It is not too spicy and is perfect nutritious finger food to munch.
- Broccoli 200 gm
- Cauliflower 200 gm
- Garlic thinly chopped 1 tsp
- Mild cheddar cheese grated 3/4 cup
- Bread crumbs 3 tbsp
- Egg 1
- Pepper powder 1/2 tsp
- Salt to taste
- Steam broccoli and cauliflower florets for about 4 to 5 minutes. Do not steam it for long time as they may turn mushy when it is mashed. Mash it with a potato masher or with the back of a fork. You can leave few chunks for a bite if you like it that way.
- Mix mashed broccoli cauliflower mixture with thinly chopped garlic, grated cheese, egg, bread crumbs, pepper powder and salt.
- Make round balls of about 2 inch diameter and flatten it with your palm.
- Preheat oven at 375 degree Fahrenheit/190 degree Celsius for 10 minutes before baking. Place the fritters on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes on both sides until the fritters are slightly browned. (Alternately, you can fry the fritters on stovetop adding a little oil in a pan.)
- Serve the fritters hot with a dip of your choice.
- Instead of steaming vegetables, you can just thinly chop the cauliflower and broccoli florets in a food processor or with a knife and mix with other ingredients.
- While making balls, if the mixture does not come together, add 1 or 2 tsp more of bread crumbs.
- You can use chickpea flour or almond flour to substitute bread crumbs.
- You can fry the fritters on stovetop in oil instead of baking them.
- Adjust the pepper powder according to your taste. This recipe is for medium spicy fritters.