Eggplants are one of those vegetables that can be purchased year round. Its versatility and cultural diversity allows you to incorporate this wonderfully understated vegetable into a myriad of recipes simply by adapting to the season.
Eggplants can be roasted, mashed, fried, grilled, sautéed, made into soup, dips and stuffed. It can be the central focus of the main meal or a side or snack. The universal movement where side dishes are taking centre stage has allowed many chefs and restaurants to tweak their culinary skills to create innovative side dishes which are now outshining the main meal.
So when I recently cooked Eggplant Burgers, I couldn’t resist coupling the burgers with a side of eggplant fritters.
Eggplant Fritters are a great side dish or snack alternative to potato chips.
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Makes: 2-4 entree servings
Ingredients 1 eggplant
½ cup rice flour
½ teaspoon baking flour
Pinch of salt
¾ cup of ice cold water
Oil for frying
Thinly slice the eggplant and set aside.
In a bowl, add the flour, baking flour and salt and whisk together.
Rice Flour, Baking Flour and Salt make up this light and airy batter.
Add the water to the flour mixture and stir the batter 10 times only.
The batter needs to be thin and still be slightly lumpy in texture. Resist the urge to mix the batter until it’s smooth.
Add ice cold water to make the batter BUT only stir the batter 10 times.
The batter should be thin but still retain a slightly lumpy texture.
Heat oil in a frying pan until hot. To test if the oil is ready, carefully drop a small amount of batter into the oil, it should immediately bubble and float to the surface.
Dip the eggplant slices into the batter and then into the hot oil for frying. I suggest cooking 2-3 slices at a time. Each fritter should take approximately 1-2 minutes to cook.
Fry the fritters in hot oil.
When the fritters turn a golden colour remove and place onto a paper towel to drain. Sprinkle with a little salt if required.
Place the cooked fritters onto a paper towel to drain.
Serve the Eggplant Fritters immediately as a side dish or simply eat as an alternative to chips. It’s the perfect accompaniment to icy cold beer.
Serve the fritters immediately while hot, these can be eaten as a snack, as a side dish alternative to potato chips or simply on their own.
I served these fritters as a side dish to my Eggplant Burgers with a simple tomato and rocket salad.
For other eggplant recipes and ideas try my Eggplant Chips. It’s a healthy alternative to these Fritters.
Eggplant Fritters served as a side dish to the Eggplant Burgers.