Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Onion Fritters with Fresh Green Chutney

 The town I live in is pretty small and rural.  In fact, if you go down the street and make a left you'll run into a cattle farm.  To push my point even further, we were a dry county (no beer or alcohol sales allowed) until just about a month ago.  It's just a nice, small, old-fashioned kinda town.  While we do love living here, sometimes we miss living in a bigger city with all it's conveniences.  

However, just last week our little town had a grand opening for a brand new very fancy grocery store.  I was beyond ecstatic!  For four years I've been running to the "city", which is 30 minutes away, to get all my special hard-to-find grocery items.  Now all those special ingredients are right at my fingertips.  All I have to do is go down the street and make a left when I see the cattle farm.  It's literally minutes away.

My neighbors are laughing at me because I've been to the new grocery store every day since they've opened.  I know you all understand.  I can't believe that here, in what feels like the middle of nowhere, we now have a grocery store that has a sushi bar, and get this....a cupcake bar.  You can literally make your own cupcake.  Can I just tell you that this grocery store sells everything?  Heck, they even sell whole (skinned and deboned) frogs!  Crazy, huh?  

So anyway, I've basically been stalking the place with big wide eyes full of wonder.  It's safe to say that I've spent way too much money buying up all the ingredients that I've been dying to get my hands on all these years.

Chickpea flour, or besan, is one of the ingredients that I've been searching for until now. Chickpea flour can be used for many things, but what I've been wanting to make with it lately are these savory and totally addicting onion fritters. 

The batter for these fritters consists chickpea flour, egg, four different spices, green chile, and fresh cilantro.  The batter rests for awhile so that it has a chance to soak up all the great added flavors.   The diced onion is thrown in at the last minute right before frying.  These fritters are okay on their own, but magic happens when you dunk them in this Fresh Green Chutney.  The chutney is fresh from the addition of mint and cilantro, tangy from the yogurt, and a little bit acidic from the lemon juice.  It is a perfect pairing.  I served these as an appetizer prior to serving Jaffrey's Delicious Chicken Bits that I posted here last month.  If you're looking for a new way to prepare your chicken, please try those chicken bits.  They are absolutely incredible!

Onion Fritters with Fresh Green Chutney

1 large egg
4 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup chickpea flour (also called besan)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 fresh, hot green chile, finely chopped (do not remove seeds)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
vegetable oil, for frying
1 medium-large onion, peeled and chopped into medium-size dice

Break the egg into a bowl and beat well.  Add the water and the lemon juice.  Mix.  Add in the chickpea flour and mix well with a whisk.  Put in the salt, cayenne pepper, garam masala, cumin seeds, ground cumin, turmeric, green chile, and cilantro.  Mix well and set aside for at least 10 minutes.  Mix again with a whisk.  The batter should be of a droppable consistency.  

Put the oil in a wok or deep fryer and set over medium heat. You should have at least 3 inches of oil in the center of the wok.  When the oil is hot, put the onion into the batter and mix.  (This should always be done just before frying).  Remove heaping teaspoons of the batter and drop it into the hot oil.  Use up all the batter this way.  Stir and fry the fritters for 7 to 8 minutes or until they are golden red.  Remove the fritters with a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.  Serve hot, as soon as the fritters are made.

Fresh Green Chutney

6 tablespoons plain yogurt
 2 heaping tablespoons coarsely chopped mint
2 heaping tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro 
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 teaspoon salt or to taste

Put 2 tablespoons of the yogurt and the mint, cilantro, lemon juice, and salt into the container of an electric blender and blend until smooth, pushing down with a rubber spatula if necessary.

Put the remaining 4 tablespoons of yogurt into a bowl and beat lightly.  Add the paste from the blender.  Stir to mix.

This chutney may be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
Eat 'em all up til they're gone!

Theme: Relishes, Chutneys and Pickles


  1. Wow, Kim, your new grocery sounds like my kind of playground. Enjoy it! These look wonderful; have never heard of an onion fritter.

  2. so do you think you'll try one of those frogs? haha! that's awesome, i LOVE new grocery stores, especially when they have so much to offer.

    i love these fritters! they sound wonderful, you can't beat that combo of spices.

  3. Congrats~~ It seemed like forever until my small town got a great grocery store. love fritters, thanks for sharing!

    Ps, thanks for leaving a comment on the rick bayless recipe. I just found you comment in my spam folder. I tracked down your recipe post to check it out, (yummy)!!

  4. Girl you should have told me you were looking for chickpea flour all this time!! I TOTALLY would have sent you some! Anyways..I'm SO excited for you!! That grocery store sounds awesome. I have no idea where I would even begin to get frog legs here in NYC! And the fritters? Swoon!

  5. Yes...will you buy frogs? They taste like chicken, you know ;-)
    Those onion fritters caught my eye. The chutney too, but I'm the only one here who'll eat cilantro. Oh well, more for me.
    Have fun with your new playground!

  6. This looks amazing! I'd love for you to check out my blog too :)


  7. so happy you got a good store i would be excited too and these look amazing :-) your a fab cook

  8. I love it when a new store opens in our area. We also live in a rural area but I heard we are getting a Whole Foods store and a Trader Jacks! Score! Nice photos here, Kim. Look forward to hearing about your new shopping expeditions :-)

    Also, Thanks for your comment about my broken toes. I actually smacked the two broken ones last night and - owee! Wearing boots again but it's flat heels, laced fronts. Getting there...

  9. Those fritters sound wonderful. I'd like to experiment with some other veg - I'm thinking corn & zucchini would be great. But the crowning glory really is that chutney. I've eaten something similar n India many times with kebabs, but have never made it.

    Your new grocery store sounds wonderful - I would be there every day too!!

  10. Congrats on the new shop! Sounds like a great one.
    I loved this combo of the fritters and chutney - a fave!

  11. What....no frog legs in this recipe? I was disappointed ;)

  12. I loved your post Kim! You've still got me beat! LOL! I can get Besan, but frogs? Ahhhh, no. Even with skin. I guess we do have a sushi bar...I just can't bring myself to go there unless the craving has gotten WAY out of hand! LOL! I would have the same problem! We always have to add in $100 for emergency food shopping anytime we go near a big city! I also looked at this recipe...good to know about the chutney and the chicken! Sounds like a plan!

  13. omg...these sound so good right now! I'm kinda craving them for breakfast.


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