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Pumpkin & Feta Fritters with Salsa

Pumpkin & Feta Fritters with Salsa

This recipe is from the Veggie Tree Cookbook by Anna Valentine. Anna’s recipes also feature in our Vegetarian Living NZ magazine.

Pumpkin & Feta Fritters with Salsa  [Vegan | Gluten-Free]

Serves 4- 6  [Makes 23 fritters]                                            

Fritters are a ‘go to’ lunch for me. They are full of flavour and really easy to make. I use a cast-iron pan or a hot plate for fritters. Allow enough room between fritters to flip them easily. Make sure your pan is hot enough to seal the fritters, but not so hot that they burn before the inside is cooked through.

The sprouts in the fritters and in the salsa need to be prepared a couple of days in advance. You can use green, brown or even black dried lentils in the salsa. To do this soak dried lentils overnight covered in water, drain it off in the morning through a sieve. Cover the sieve with a tea towel, then rinse the beans again at night and then again in the morning until little tails sprout out. They are now ready to use.

Gather your ingredients and prepare the following into a large mixing bowl:

  • ¼ pumpkin, peeled and grated
  • 200g feta – make your own dairy-free feta 
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 handful chives, spring onion or onion flowers, chopped
  • 100g sprouted, cooked or canned chickpeas
  • 1 c (120g) chickpea flour
  • ¼ c (30g) tapioca starch
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cracked black pepper

Mix together, then make a dip in the centre and add:

  • 100ml milk – any kind
  • 120ml aquafaba
  • 1/3 c (90g) yoghurt, dairy or coconut

Mix together well. Use 2 tablespoons to scoop and shape the fritters. Put a frying pan on the heat and add 2 T of the following oil at a time:

  • 50ml rice bran oil

Place 2-3 fritters in the pan and gently push them flat with a spoon to just under 1cm thick. Fry on a gentle heat until golden brown, flipping to brown the other side. Place on a tray or plate until they are all cooked.

 

SALSA

Start the salsa:

1 capsicum, chargrilled, peeled and diced

You can either char the capsicum under the grill or on top of the gas element, turning it over with tongs. When the skin has turned black, pop it into a bowl, cover with a tea towel and let it steam for a bit; this makes it easier to remove the skin. Don’t worry if there are a few little charred pieces of skin still attached, don’t wash them off.

Prepare the following ingredients and add to a small mixing bowl.

  • 1 tomato, diced
  • ¼ cucumber, cubed
  • 1 handful of parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs mint, finely chopped
  • ½ c lentil sprouts
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • a few cracks of pepper.

Add the diced capsicum and stir everything together. Serve with the fritters.