Zucchini/Courgette Fritters are a healthy, gluten-free and Vegan starter or a side dish that can be made in as quickly as 10 minutes. It uses the low-carb summer favourite zucchini or courgette or summer squash or marrow as you call it in your place.
They are a perfect addition to your breakfast or dinner table and goes well as delicious and nutritious finger food for your toddler. Pack it up with some chutney or dip for your kid’s lunchbox or for summer picnics.
What is Zucchini/Courgette
Zucchini or Courgette is summer squash. It is rich in water and has almost no fat. A rich source of essential vitamins and low in carbs makes it an excellent nutrient-dense food to be included in one’s diet. Zucchini has a delicate flavour and requires little to no cooking.
What is the best way to eat Zucchini/Courgette?
The best way to eat zucchini is to consume it raw with skin intact. The skin is a big source of nutrition and you definitely need to keep it. The most favourite way of consuming it raw is in the form of this Raw Zoodles Salad or Zucchini Noodles. I love these zoodles with my Avocado Basil Dip and also with some sun-dried tomatoes. Few more raw zucchini recipes coming on the blog, keep watching this space.
Can Zucchini/Courgette be cooked?
As much as Zucchini is loved raw it is equally loved being cooked. Zucchini can be steamed, boiled, grilled, stuffed, baked, barbecued, fried etc.
Recipes with Zucchini/Courgette
As said earlier, Zoodles are one of the common things using Zucchini. Due to their high water content, they are well suited for cakes & bread. This Zucchini chocolate Wholewheat Bread/Cake is one of my favourites and I love to make this often. A good way to sneak in Zucchini.
I make a similar pancake with zucchini. Zucchini and Squash Blossom pancakes, where I have used edible zucchini flowers too or squash blossoms.
I have made this Zucchini/Courgette Fritters as I wanted something quick and easy snack for my son as well as something light for my dinner. These fritters can be assembled in less than 5 mins and the rest is the cooking process which is also very little.
Ragi Flour or Millet Flour in Zucchini/Courgette Fritters
Earlier I used to make this with only gluten-free rice flour but now I replace the rice flour with different millet flours. Recently I made this using Ragi flour and it was one of the most delicious and healthy pancakes I ever made. I enjoyed it with some hot Mixed Vegetable Soup (Tomato, Cauliflower & Carrot).
I have not added any egg or cheese to this recipe. One can fry this too and make some bhajias or pakodas, but I have made them as pancakes or shallow fried as fitters. I have literally used just a teaspoon of oil in around 3-4 fritters.
I love to make different shapes for the kids. It becomes easier to feed them, and with such kinds of batters, it is very easy to do so. Check out below my little mini mouse shape fritter.
What can you replace Zucchini/Courgette with?
One can use bottle gourd, pumpkin or any kind of squash available instead of zucchini/courgette.
Zucchini / Courgette Fritters (Mini Pan Cakes – Vegan & Gluten-Free)
- 1 grated Zucchini (Grate it along with the skin)
- 1 ¼ cup – small onion grated (Optional)
- 1 small garlic grated/paste (Optional)
- 1/2 inch ginger grated/paste
- 1 Cup Rice Flour or Millet Flour (I have used Ragi flour or Jowar Flour)
- 1/2 teaspoon of Garam Masala Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of Chat Masala Powder
- Salt to taste
- Chopped Green chillies if desired
- Grate the Zucchini/Courgette and onion
- In a wide bowl add the flour, salt, Garam Masala Powder and Chaat Masala Powder.
- Add the grated zucchini/courgette and onion, garlic, ginger and green chillies if using.
- Mix all the ingredients and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Zucchini has high water content and it will release water once mixed with flour.
- Heat a non-stick pan or a skillet. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of oil. (One can deep fry and make bhajiya’s)
- Take a spoonful of batter and spread it lightly around 1.5 inch to 2 inch in diameter.
- I spread around 3 in a pan , it depends on the pan size and how you want to cook.
- Cook until lightly brown on one side and then turn and cook again.
- Yummy and healthy Zucchini Fritters / Pan Cakes are ready.
- Serve it with Tomato Ketchup or chutney or soup of your choice
- Resting the batter is optional, but it helps the vegetables to release water and the flour to absorb.
- At times Zucchini/Courgette has more water content, and your batter may be on the runny side. Do add more flour in that case.
- In some cases, the flour absorbs more water. So add water only if your batter is thick and you are not able to get a dropping consistency batter.
- One can deep fry and make bhajiya’s or pakodas too.
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