Kale and Cheese Pikelets

You won’t know that you are eating kale with this dish. The delicious cheesy pikelets successfully hide the vegetable and it is only if you focus can you detect the crunch and taste of the thinly sliced greens.

It is quite an oily dish with heaps of butter and melted cheese. You might like to place on a kitchen paper towel after cooking. They are best slightly warm rather than hot. Cheesy and buttery – what can’t be good? But not something for every day, despite the kale.

The recipe is from Plenty More, one of Ottolenghi’s books. I have made it egg-free in my version as we don’t use eggs in our kitchen. You can see the original recipe here, or check his book.

Similar recipes include Cauliflower and Cumin Fritters, Aloo Tikki, Zucchini and Sweetcorn Fritters, Crispy Couscous and Saffron Cakes, Eggplant and Kale PakoraAsian Kale with Sesame and Shallots, and Garlic- Chilli Kale with Spring Onion Dip.

Or browse all of our Kale dishes and our Fritter recipes.

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Zucchini and Halloumi Fritters

I have a thing for fritters. It developed in 2019. My love of them came as a surprise, and arose because:

  1. Ottolenghi has numerous recipes for fritters, and I love Ottolenghi.
  2. I evaluated Hello Fresh for 2 months or so, and they include lots of delicious fritters. (You might have caught my evaluation of Hello Fresh on Twitter.)
  3. I have perfected my egg-replacement for fritters. Use 1 Tblspn chickpea flour, 1 Tblspn cream and 0.25 tspn or less of eno per egg. Add extra chickpea flour if the mixture is too wet. The flour is for binding, the cream for texture and the eno for lightness.

My Sister in Law made these halloumi fritters for a family meal and we made them again for part of the vegetarian component of our Xmas dinner in 2019. Both times they were an absolute hit with vegetarians and non-vegetarians. You will love them and they are so easy to make yet packed with texture and flavour.

The recipe is in Nopi, the cookbook from one of Ottolenghi’s restaurants – the one he had with Scully who has moved on to open his own restaurant. Note that I often massage Ottolenghi’s recipes to suit what is available from our garden and pantry. For the original recipes, check his books and his Guardian column.

These are often on Nopi’s breakfast menu, but were also served later in the day as a snack. As popularity grew they made it to the lunch and supper menus as well. You can make smaller ones as a nibble or canapé. I have had them wrapped in Chinese Moo Shu Pancakes with cucumber and spring onion, topped with a hoisin based sauce. DIVINE.

Similar recipes include Sweetcorn, Spring Onion and Chilli Pancakes, Cauliflower and Cumin Fritters, Aloo Tikki, Sweetcorn and Butternut Fritters, Herb and Walnut Fritters, Spinach Fritters and Pudla.

Browse our growing collection of Fritter recipes and our Halloumi dishes. Our Ottolenghi dishes from Nopi are here. We have written about our experiences cooking through Plenty More. Or explore our Early Summer recipes.

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Sweetcorn, Spring Onion and Chilli Pancakes

Goodness, how good are these sweetcorn pancakes! They make the perfect weekend breakfast or lazy Sunday lunch. I would also make them for an eat-in-front-of-netflix weekend evening meal with a green salad, or, heaven forbid, some chips with spicy mayo.

It’s based on an Ottolenghi recipe. I have made it egg-free with my usual replacement for eggs in dishes like this. That is – chickpea flour, cream and eno or baking soda. Recently I have changed the ratio I use – 5 rounded Tblspn chickpea flour + 1 large Tblspn cream + 0.25 tspn eno per egg. You can use less flour of course, but don’t leave out the cream. It adds beautiful texture. If you are vegan you might like to play around with some vegan cream, perhaps. If you want to see Ottolenghi’s original recipe, check his books or Guardian website.

Similar recipes include Sweetcorn with Black Pepper and Lime, Cauliflower and Cumin Fritters, Aloo Tikki, Zucchini and Sweetcorn Fritters, Sweetcorn and Butternut Fritters, Sweet Potato Fritters, Broad Bean Burgers, and Indian Pakoras.

Browse all of our Sweetcorn recipes and all of our Fritters and Pancakes. Our Ottolenghi dishes from Plenty More are here. We have written about our experiences cooking through this book. Or explore our Early Autumn recipes.

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Cauliflower and Cumin Fritters with Yoghurt Sauce

These are some of the most delicious fritters that we have made. The soft bite of the cauliflower with the spices is a warming mouthful that you won’t forget quickly. Here we have served them with yoghurt with short mung sprouts and herbs.

The recipe appears in 2 books from the Ottolenghi family – Falastin by Sami Tamimi, and Ottoleghi by Ottolenghi and Tamimi. They are the sort of fritter you can have for a meal, as a snack (make them smaller), or packed in a lunch or picnic box.  Or shove them into some pitta bread with hummus and tomato for a great afternoon filler with a cuppa tea.

They keep a couple of days in the fridge (think – after school snack), and are best eaten either at room temperature or heated slightly in a warm oven. The batter will also keep a couple of days in the fridge if you want to cook on demand.

“These are not your usual fritters,” says cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi. These are packed with cauliflower and spiced with cinnamon, cumin and turmeric. As a dipping sauce, he serves a spiked Greek yoghurt.

Of course, I have switched out the eggs in Tamimi’s recipe for my usual egg replacer in friters – 1 Tblspn chickpea flour, 1 Tbslpn or a bit less of cream and about 0.25 plain or lemon eno per egg.

Similar recipes include Roasted Cauliflower Tahini Puree, Buckwheat Upma, Crispy Couscous and Saffron Cakes, Sweet Potato Fritters, Mung Bean Flour Fritters, and Pakora.

Browse all of our Fritter recipes, and all of our Snacks. Our Tamami recipes are here, and the dishes from Falastin are here. We have written about our experiences cooking through Plenty More.

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Aloo Tikki | Spice-Stuffed Potato Patties

One of the most wonderful tastes on this planet is the tangy spice, chilli and tamarind mix of Indian street food. It is glorious, addictive, and quite mind blowing. The flavours have a party in your mouth. No, truly! If you are doubting me, head off to your nearest good Indian restaurant and try Pani Puri, or Samosa Chaat – any chaat for that matter – and even Rasam will give you a sample of the hot and sour tastes that make up Indian food.

This recipe takes the notion of the hot, sour, salty and sweet flavour mix and stuffs it inside a potato cake made from mashed potatoes. It mimics the Aloo Tika and Potato Cutlet snacks of India, Podimas recipes of South India, and more recently I saw a fabulous BALL of mashed potato full of North Indian street-food flavours.

This is a recipe from Ottolenghi’s Plenty More – we are making our way through this book, cooking as we go.  I always feel free to play with his recipes to suit our tastes, and the ingredients in our pantry, kitchen and garden (especially now that I have made so many of them). I made minor alterations to this one. If you want to see the original recipe check out his books and his Guardian column.

Similar recipes include Zucchini and Sweetcorn Fritters, Poha Chaat, Channa Chaat, and Aloo Baingan Bharta.

Browse all of our Chaat recipes and all of our Indian Snacks. Or explore our Late Summer dishes.

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Zucchini and Sweetcorn Fritters

Sweetcorn fritters! How very delicious. Today we make the fritters with zucchini and sweetcorn. It is an egg-free recipe, as all our fritters are. Easy and quick to make, you’ll love these

The inspiration comes from an Ottolenghi recipe in Simple but we included zucchini and made it egg free. We always feel free to make substitutions to Ottolenghi recipes to make them vegetarian and egg free, and also to suit the ingredients that are available to us. If you want the original recipe, check his books and his Guardian column.

Just a note about using sweetcorn kernels – they will pop (aka explode) if cooked on too high heat. You could pulse the corn a little in a food processor to minimise the chance of this, or keep the heat at the low-medium level.

Similar recipes include Sweetcorn with Black Pepper and Lime, Sweetcorn and Butternut Fritters, Broad Bean Fritters, Chickpea Fries, and Pakora.

Browse all of our Fritters, and all of our Sweetcorn recipes. Our Ottolenghi dishes from Simple are here. We have written about our experiences cooking through Plenty More. Or explore our Mid Summer recipes.

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Sweetcorn and Butternut Fritters with Spicy Peppers

Sweetcorn fritters have a special place in my heart – they are quite divine, despite the fact that fresh kernels will explode if the heat is too high! (Be careful!) Often this property of sweet corn is not mentioned in recipes, leading to disastrous or painful results. Pulse fresh corn kernels very briefly in a small blender or chopper to lessen this property, steam them (altho I’ve also had problems with steamed ones) or use tinned corn kernels.

Ottolenghi is in the group of recipe authors that do not mention the potential of vigorous explosions when cooking sweetcorn kernels over heat. This recipe is from Plenty More and is made absolutely delightful with the inclusion of a small chilli (as mild or as hot as you like) in each one. Use one with a little heat if you like.

You could put a whole chilli into each fritter, but that is pretty brutal unless you have an exceptional tolerance for heat. I also found that strips of the chilli cooked much better. A compromise is to use small padron or similar capsicum that is mostly innocuous. You can also leave out the chilli altogether – the fritters will still be very tasty.

Note that we feel free to play with Ottolenghi’s recipe to suit what is in our garden, pantry and fridge or to suit our dietary preferences. We have made over 200 of Ottolenghi’s recipes, so we feel we have earned this right. In this recipe, as we don’t cook with eggs, we’ve replaced them with our usual fritter egg replacement mix – cream and chickpea flour. For his original recipes check out his books and Guardian column.

Similar recipes include Sweet Potato Fritters, Spinach Fritters, and Chickpea Fries with Tomato Salsa.

Browse all of our Sweetcorn recipes and all of our Fritters. Our Ottolenghi dishes from Plenty More are here. We have written about our experiences cooking through this book. Or explore our Early Autumn recipes.

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Crispy Couscous and Saffron Cakes

What a beautiful dish! Couscous is soaked with saffron and mixed with barberries and feta to form wonderful patties that are cooked until crisp and utterly delicious. They have an addictive flavour of mint and saffron. You will love them.

The patties are quite easy to make – relatively easy for an Ottolenghi recipe. The couscous is soaked, the barberries infused, the mixture made and the patties cooked.

Couscous is the tiny hand-rolled semolina pasta of North Africa that immigrants introduced to Israel and the Middle East. Semolina is made from the first milling of the heart of the durum wheat kernel, and so is halfway between wheat and flour.

These patties have a sweet and salty edge which make them very popular. It is the rice flour and yoghurt that makes them crispy.

This is an Ottolenghi dish from Plenty More – we are cooking our way through this book. Note that I often massage the recipes to suit what is available from our garden and pantry. For the original recipes, check his books and his Guardian column. We have modified this recipe to eliminate the eggs.

Similar dishes include Broad Bean Burgers, Falafel, and Vegetable Cutlets.

Browse all of our Couscous dishes and all of our Patty recipes. Our Ottolenghi dishes from Plenty More are here. We have written about our experiences cooking through this book. Or explore our Mid Spring recipes.

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Spring Onion and Quinoa Cakes with a Spicy Salbitxada Sauce

Ottolenghi’s Quinoa cakes are originally made with ramps (wild garlic) which are prolific in England and very delicious. However here they are considered a noxious weed and so are not available. Ottolenghi suggests spring onions instead, and it is a good substitution.

It is also a recipe that uses eggs in the original version. As you know if you have been following along with our project of cooking from Plenty More, I  substitute chickpea flour, cream and eno for eggs in suitable recipes. You could add a little ground flaxseed too, for more “stickability” – in fact substituting the bread crumbs for ground flaxseed will make the dish gluten free. The result was still somewhat crumbly so make sure you have enough of the chickpea flour, and also that you squish the mixture together really well when making the patties. (The crumbly bits were very delicious too! See the note after the recipe.)

Ottolenghi makes a wonderful Salbitxada Sauce – a red capsicum and tomato spicy sauce thickened with ground almonds. We’ve had these also with our just-made Cumquat and Mango Chutney (made with Alphonso Mango puree, would you believe). I have included the instructions for the sauce in the recipe below because it is so good, but know that you can use any tomato, red pepper or spicy sauce (home made is best) or chutney.

We also made a Red Pepper and Mustard Seed sauce to go with the left overs. Another great sauce.

As you know, I have been working my way through Plenty More. Never one to keep up with fashion I haven’t joined the people feverishly cooking through Simple. I had intended to finish Plenty More within 12 months but found I had to take a break of some months within sight of the end. I was puffed out! Each of Ottolenghi’s recipes takes time and effort, and I just could not cook another one! Now I have resumed, but I will take it at a slower pace. Even this recipe has 7 (yes, seven) different processes – sauce: roast, blitz, boil, that’s 3, then fritters: cook, mix, fry, bake for a total of 7.

As mentioned, for this recipe, I have made it egg-free by replacing the eggs with a chickpea flour batter. If you prefer the original recipe, check here.

Similar recipes include Crispy Couscous and Saffron Cakes, Quinoa Porridge with Tomatoes, Herb and Walnut Fritters, and  Vegetable Cutlets.

Browse all of our Quinoa recipes and all of our Fritters. Our Ottolenghi dishes from Plenty More are here. We have written about our experiences cooking through this book. Or explore our Early Winter recipes.

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Pea, Za’atar and Feta Fritters

The Pea is there through all the seasons – in its pod in Spring and Summer, frozen year round. It grows up with us, from pea mashes to buttery steamed peas, from to risotto to fritters, and salads to soups. They can seem predictable and are often overlooked. But peas are incredibly versatile. Freshly podded peas are fantastic if they are eaten as soon as possible after picking; the rest of the time frozen will more than do. Peas are the ultimate vegetable, reliable, versatile and almost as good frozen as fresh.

These beautiful fritters are from Simple by Ottolenghi, and they are actually quite simple to make. A pea puree is mixed with za’atar, mint and feta, formed into fritters and fried. They can be served simply with a salad and lemon wedges, or with a yoghurt or cream based sauce for dipping. You can use any yoghurt or cream based sauce – I’ve included a sour cream and mint one below.

When we cook Ottolenghi recipes we feel free to substitute according to what is in our kitchen and pantry. In this recipe we have replaced the eggs with our usual chickpea flour based replacement for fritters – 1 Tblspn chickpea flour + 1 Tblspn cream or yoghurt + 0.25 tspn eno for each egg. We are egg-free in our kitchen. If you want to check the original recipes, you can do so in his books or in his Guardian column.

Similar recipes include Spring Onion and Quinoa Cakes, Pea and Mint Croquettes, Stuffed Toasties with Peas and Potatoes, and Green Pea Pilaf.

Browse all of our Pea recipes and all of our Fritters. Our Ottolenghi dishes from Simple are here. We have written about our experiences cooking throughPlenty More. Or explore our Mid Summer recipes.

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