Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Herby lemon and pea fritters

At the risk of tooting my own horn, I am rather proud of these fritters. I made them on a whim, without a recipe, and surprised myself with how well they turned out. They taste of spring: fresh, lemon-y, light yet satisfying, and a little bit fluffy.

These take some of my staple ingredients (like besan flour and chia seeds) and give them a new twist, thanks to the lemon and fresh basil and parsley. The fritters come together quickly and make an easy meal if paired with salad. 

I used mashed sweet potato in these, but in future I would probably use regular potato. You can't really detect the sweet potato flavour and potato seems a better match for the other ingredients. However, either would work and you could even try mashed squash or celeriac.

I think these are best warm from the pan, but they will also keep for a few days in the refrigerator and are enjoyable cold or reheated.
Herby lemon and pea fritters
Delicious zesty fritters that taste of spring sunshine
Makes 10 - 12 fritters, to serve 3 if paired with salad
Vegan and gluten free

Author: Bite-sized thoughts

1 cup besan (chickpea) flour
1 cup non-dairy milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond)
1/2 cup green peas
Approximately 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves (a handful of leaves, chopped)
Approximately 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (a handful of leaves, chopped)
Zest and juice of 1 medium lemon
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup mashed sweet potato or potato

Oil, as needed, for cooking

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir well to combine. Allow to stand while you heat a non-stick pan over high heat.

When your pan is hot, spray or drizzle with oil if needed. Use a ladle or soup spoon to scoop mounds of batter into the pan, aiming for fritters a little smaller than the palm of your hand. Cook for a few minutes, then flip and repeat until both sides are golden brown.

Serve with salad or a side of your choice. 

Have you enjoyed any recent impromptu recipes?


  1. These sound delish, and once again, I have all of the ingredients.

    1. My staple ingredients are obviously yours, too :-)

  2. They sounds good - and after finding some fritters were good in sandwiches for work I would love to try these too

    1. Putting them in a sandwich is a great idea!

  3. Fritters are one of those great staples that can taste great with simple store cupboard stuff and a few veggies. Lemon and herbs are such a nice combination.

    1. Exactly - it's amazing how fritterising something makes the basic ingredients so much better!

  4. These look so good! Im absolutely rubbish at cooking anything without a recipe (with a recipe im fine, but without, im pretty lost!)!


    1. Sometimes my recipe-less dishes are complete fails, so your approach is probably safer :D

  5. And toot your own horn you should! These sound like tasty little patties! I love all of the fresh herbs and the zing of lemon. I think sweet potato sounds best for these actually =)


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