High-tea Pumpkin Fritters

Ever wondered why everybody enjoys a plate of tempting, crispy fritters with a steaming cup of tea? In Mumbai, it’s a road side legacy.. People munch on those yummy bhajiyas/bhajjis and then sip on their favourite cutting chai.. It’s a popular combo as it is much adored by everyone from roadside dwellers to working people because they’re super cheap and taste incredibly dynamic. There are several variations to these fritters.. onion, potato, mirchi, cauliflower, etc… However, this variation that I am publishing today is completely freestyle and has a home touch to it. The cheese garnish appeals to the kids and will make them gobble it down in a jiffy. Made purely using mashed pumpkin, roasted chickpea flour and pungent spices, this fritter has a creamy and melt in the mouth centre whereas the exterior is crispy and a lovely golden brown which is the result of pan frying to perfection. Make these superb fritters and make your family and friends go bananas over them. So let me quickly walk you through the recipe using simple illustrations and pictures to accompany.

  • Preparation time: 7-8 minutes
  • Cooking time: upto 15 minutes
  • Total: 25 minutes max.

This recipe is for 2 servings (3 fritters pp)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of roughly diced pumpkin
  • 1 heap tbsp of roasted chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
  • spices and flavourings:
    • roasted cumin seed powder – 1.5 tsp
    • red chilli powder/ paprika- 1 tsp
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • lemon juice- 1/2 tsp
    • 1 tsp chat masala
    • dried organo- 1 tsp
  • Olive oil- 1 tsp for the fritter mix.
  • Canola oil or vegetable oil to fry- 2 tbsp
  • More breadcrumbs to coat
  • Sesame seeds and cheese to garnish

Procedure:

  1. Start by peeling the skin off the pumpkin using a vegetable peeler. Then dice roughly and boil the diced pumpkin with 1 tsp of salt for upto 10 minutes or until it becomes very tender. Tip: use a pressure cooker if you own one, it will get cooked faster.
  2. Once tender, leave the pumpkin to cool for about 5-10 minutes. Then transfer to a bowl and add the roasted chickpea flour, 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs, olive oil and all the spices and seasonings. Then mash using the back of a fork (it should easily get mashed with almost no effort) then mix the mash using a spoon.
  3. Once the mash is ready, form into equal sized fritters (it should give you about 6 medium fritters). I prefer forming them into a slightly long oval like shape :
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    The fritters rolled into bread crumbs, ready to fry.

    Tip: rub some oil on your palms to ease the shaping process.

  4. Roll them in bread crumbs and heat up a fry pan. Add 1-2 tbsp of oil and once heated, fry the fritters on all sides. Once crispy and golden, remove on an absorbent paper. Next, quickly toast some sesame seeds for garnish.
  5. Plate the fritters, sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and garnish with grated cheese (optional). Serve with your favourite dip or simply savour them by themselves with some tea/coffee.

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