Spicy Eggplant Fritters

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Ingredients

  • 3 baby eggplants or 1 large regular eggplant, cut into 1⁄8-inch rounds
  • 1 1⁄2 cups (375 mL) hot water
  • 1 1⁄4 cups (310 mL) chickpea flour
  • 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) rice flour
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Recipe Tip

This batter works equally well with zucchini or mushrooms. It makes an excellent choice for guests who eat gluten-free.

Makes: 12-16 servings
Free of: gluten and all top allergens

Instructions

  1. Place eggplant slices in a large bowl and cover with salted water. Let stand for 10 minutes, drain and pat dry.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the hot water, flours and spices until a smooth batter forms.
  3. Pour 2 inches of oil into a large, deep frying pan. Heat oil to 375° F (use a thermometer to check temperature).
  4. When oil is hot, dip the eggplant slices into the batter and then deep-fry, taking care not to crowd the pan. Fry until golden brown on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Place cooked fritters on paper towel to drain off excess oil. Plate and serve.

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