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Author Notes: (Adapted from Donna Hay's Recipe for Zucchini and Chickpea Fritters)
For these fritters, I use Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix This mix gives the fritters a moist, light and fluffy interior and a crisp exterior. Donna Hay's original recipe calls for self rising flour which also works beautifully.
A tiny Thai green chili is added for heat. I love the spicy, slightly tropical flavor of tiny Thai peppers. They come in red and green versions. I find them in my regular supermarket. They're very hot! A little goes a long way. You could leave the pepper out if you don't like spicy food.
Fresh dill gives a boost of flavor and lemon adds its citrus zing. There's a pleasant balance of flavors and textures going on here. You could use basil or parsley in place of the dill or even add some crumbled feta to the fritter batter.
- 1 16 ounce can of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained. I used lower sodium.
- 1 medium zucchini, grated. I use a box grater.
- 1 small fresh green or red tiny Thai pepper or jalapeno pepper, minced (optional).
- 2 lemons, zest half of one and place the zest in the bowl with the grated zucchini
- 1-2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced. I use a microplane zester for this. Add it to the bowl with the other ingredients.
- A generous hand full of fresh dill. About 1/4 cup. Or herb of your choice. Basil would be great.
- 1/3 - 1/2 cups cup Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix or self rising flour (see notes)
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 large eggs
- Sea salt or kosher salt to taste
- Olive oil for cooking. I used extra virgin unfiltered.
- Greek yogurt and lemon wedges for serving.
- Place the rinsed and drained chickpeas in the bowl of a food processor and whiz to a chunky consistency. Don't process the chickpeas all the way down as if you're making hummus. They should still have some structure. Place the zucchini, chili, garlic, lemon zest, dill, milk, salt and eggs in a large bowl. Add the processed chickpeas. Add Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix to the bowl and stir everything together. Start with 1/3 cup of Pamela's Gluten Free Mix and add more if the mixture seems too wet.
- Heat a large nonstick frying pan on medium high with a tablespoon or so of olive oil. I used my nonstick Scanpan for this recipe. Drop batter by 1/3 cup fulls into the hot pan. Cook until golden brown on each side. Serve with lemon wedges and plain Greek yogurt. Makes about 10 fritters. Enjoy!
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