May 16, 2014 posted by JenAdmin

Indian Style Zucchini Cakes

Indian Style Zucchini Cakes
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  • Easy gluten free/vegan cake. I want to experiment more to get the flavor profile closer to what mom makes. But not bad for a first attempt

Sorry again for the long break between posts.  I am getting into my busy season for my “day job” and found it hard to cook and photograph at the same time. (I just cooked and served in record speed)

Yesterday I found zucchini on sale and picked up a few. I remembered my mother in law making fritters out of them using chickpea flour.  Or course I did not write the recipe at the time, so I just experimented on my own.

Here is what I used:

2 medium zucchini

1 carrot

1 cup chickpea flour (you can use less if you like less dough)

1/4 small onion

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp curry powder

1/8 tsp chili powder

oil for frying

(Note. My mother in law always adds 1/2 a small jalapeño pepper. Seeded and chopped. I just did not have any in the house)

So this was the easiest thing to make. Take the zucchini, carrot, and onion and grade it.

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This is what mine looked like. It yielded a good 2cups + of veggies. Then add all the spices and mix well.

Slowly add the chickpea flour. You may decide to add more or less depending on how many veggies you end up with. For my experiment, I used a full cup. Stir to combine. You should not need to add any water since the veggies have so much liquid in them.

You end up with a veggie paste. It should stick together when you use your hands to form a small ball. I was able to made nine 4 inch cakes out. It’s a bit messy, so I combined the cakes as I got them ready for the pan.

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Add oil to a skillet. When the pan is very hot, drop your cakes in the oil. Do not over crowed. I did 2 batches. Cook each side until golden brown.

If you do not like to fry, you can also use a spray. They turn out just as good.  I also added a little salt to each cake while I cooked them.

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The result, pretty good. Not as good as my mother in law, but pretty close. This is a great starting point. You could pretty much add any sort of veggies and play around with this.

My husband and son liked them. So they will go in the summer rotation.

Let me know if you try them.


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