Chives are flourishing this spring in my garden! They have a wonderful sweet onion flavour without being too sharp and therefore so easy to add to salads, soups and tasty concoctions like these gluten free sweetcorn and red pepper fritters which hold a lovely promise of summer!
Easy and quick to make, filling the kitchen with a delicious aroma these fritters will be hard to resist. A bunch of fresh chives is a good start as I harvest some from my garden and with just a little rinse, they are ready to be chopped.
I am using tinned sweetcorn in this recipe with some diced red pepper and chickpea (gram) flour which is readily available now in shops. To this mixture I add the chopped fresh chives, some minced ginger, chopped green chillies and salt to taste.
A few tablespoons of water is all that is needed to bring this batter together till it is dropping consistency. After heating a wide pan with a little olive oil, I simply placed evenly placed blobs of the batter to cook for a few minutes on each side. When I mentioned that this recipe is quick, I did mean it ..and I must add quick to devour too! Have a go, it is simple, light and delicious. Perfect for a gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets!
Chives and Sweetcorn Fritters
Delicious gluten free fritters filled with spring flavours and easy to make and eat; suitable for vegetarians and vegans and oh so moreish!
- 285 grams sweetcorn tinned, drained
- 1/4 red bell pepper diced
- 1 cup chickpea flour (gram flour/besan)
- 4 tablespoons fresh chives chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger grated or minced
- 2 green chillies chopped (add more if you enjoy a spicier taste or leave the chilli out altogether)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 7-8 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons olive oil for cooking
Place the chopped chives, diced red pepper and drained sweetcorn in a large bowl with the chickpea flour.
Add the minced ginger, chopped chilli if adding, salt to the ingredients in the bowl.
Mix all the ingredients in the bowl with 6 tablespoons of water; add more if needed to make a batter that is of dropping consistency.
Place a wide pan on medium heat and add a tablespoon of oil. Drop blobs of the fritter mix and cook each side for a few minutes, flipping in between to turn them.
Remove after 5-6 minutes, and carry on making the rest of the fritters until the batter is finished. I make about 15 fritters from this amount of batter.
Enjoy with a salad, chutney or as aside dish, delicious!
I use tinned sweetcorn as it is a great standby for quick and easy snacks. The spices can be adjusted to suit your taste and left out if you prefer the fritters not to be spicy.