Thai Sweetcorn Fritters
Ready in: 15 to 30 mins
These vegetarian fritters are perfect to serve as a starter to a Thai meal. They can be prepared and cooked in advance and heated in a moderate oven to serve. Recipe extracted from Eat More Veg by Annie Rigg (National Trust Books, £14.99). Image by Nassima Rothacker.
Ingredients:2 whole fresh corn cobs (or 200g frozen sweetcorn, defrosted)
75g fine beans
4 spring onions
4 lime leaves
2 tbsp coriander,
1 red chilli
2 tsp ginger, grated
1 large garlic clove, crushed
100g rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 large free-range egg (for a vegan alternative, see note below)
300–400ml sunflower oil, for deep-frying
sweet chilli sauce, for dipping
lime wedges, to serve
- Stand the sweetcorn upright on a work surface and, using a long, sharp knife, cut down the length of the cob to cut off the kernels. Tip half of the sweetcorn kernels into the bowl of a food processor and the remainder into a mixing bowl.
- Trim the fine beans and cut them into small lengths, roughly the size of a pea, and add to the sweetcorn in the mixing bowl. Trim and thinly slice the spring onions, and finely shred the lime leaves. Add to the bowl along with the chopped coriander.
- Chop the chilli and add to the food processor with the grated ginger, crushed garlic, rice flour and baking powder, and season well with salt. Add the egg and whiz until almost smooth. Scrape the mixture into the bowl and mix well to combine with the reserved corn and beans.
- Heat the sunflower oil in a deep-sided sauté pan to a depth of about 2cm. The oil is hot enough when a small piece of bread sizzles and browns in about 30 seconds. Add the sweetcorn mixture in neat dessert spoonfuls to the hot oil, cooking four fritters at a time. Cook until golden-brown on one side, then carefully turn and cook the other side.
- Remove from the pan, drain well on kitchen paper and keep warm while you cook the remaining mixture in the hot oil. Serve the fritters with a bowl of sweet chilli dipping sauce and lime wedges to squeeze over.
- TIP: To make these fritters vegan, swap out the egg for a flax egg. This is simply one tablespoon of ground flax seed mixed with three tablespoons of cold water and left to thicken for 10 minutes. Flax eggs are a brilliant alternative to using eggs as a binding agent in vegan cooking.