Ukrainian cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower fritters

  • serves 4 as a snack
  • Easy

In Ukraine, all sorts of things, from schnitzel to whole river fish are fried in batter. Here, cauliflower gets the treatment. These easy fritters with a simple dip make for great snacks, ready in just 25 minutes

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This cauliflower fritters recipe comes from Summer Kitchens: Recipes and Reminiscences from Every Corner of Ukraine by Olia Hercules (£26, Bloomsbury). Olia says, “A simple batter is used all over Ukraine for frying all sorts of things, from chicken or pork schnitzel to whole river fish. I love vegetables fried in this way, and cauliflower is especially good. Normally, plain white flour is used, but buckwheat flour was a popular choice in the past and I tend to use it instead of wheat flour – it is much more flavoursome. Normally the fritters are eaten just as they are, but I like them with a spoonful of dill-and-garlic-spiked mayo.”

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Ingredients

  • cauliflower 1 small
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • egg 1, beaten
  • whole milk 100ml
  • buckwheat or plain flour 60g

DILL AND GARLIC MAYONNAISE

  • mayonnaise 150g
  • garlic 1 clove, finely grated
  • dill a handful, finely chopped

Method

  • Step 1

    Cut the cauliflower into small florets, and keep any smaller leaves. Blanch the florets and leaves in a pan of boiling salted water. Take the leaves out after 2 minutes and the florets after 5 minutes. Refresh both in cold water, then drain well and pat dry with kitchen paper.

  • Step 2

    Heat 4 tbsp of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat – it should cover the base of the pan (if not add a little more).

  • Step 3

    If you are using buckwheat flour, make the batter just before you are ready to fry as it becomes gloopier by the minute. In a bowl, whisk the egg with the milk, then add the flour and whisk until smooth. Season well with salt and pepper.

  • Step 4

    Drop four pieces of cauliflower into the batter bowl at a time, making sure they are all thickly coated. When the oil is really hot, put the batter-coated pieces of cauliflower into the pan. Depending on the size of your pan, you should be able to fry between four and eight fritters at a time. When they are golden all over, drain on kitchen paper. You might need to wipe out the pan with kitchen paper and add more oil between batches.

  • Step 5

    For the dill and garlic mayonnaise, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and serve alongside the fritters for dipping.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 471
  • Fat 40.6g
  • Saturates 3.7g
  • Carbs 18.6g
  • Sugars 4.9g
  • Fibre 2.4g
  • Protein 6.6g
  • Salt 0.2g
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