Kolokithokeftedes (Greek Zucchini Fritters)

Light, crispy, and packed with nutritious zucchini, theseGreek Zucchini Frittersare the perfect dish for summer entertaining.

Ingredients


For fritters

  • 500 g zucchini, grated

  • 200 g feta cheese, crumbled

  • 1 bunch basil, finely chopped

  • 1/3 bunch dill, finely chopped

  • 1 bunch mint, only the leaves, finely chopped

  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced

  • lime zest, of 2 limes

  • 1 level teaspoon(s) cumin, ground

  • 2 pinches chili flakes

  • 2-3 tablespoon(s) olive oil

  • 2 eggs

  • 80 g all-purpose flour

  • salt

  • pepper

  • coriander, fresh, to serve

  • slices lime(s), to serve

For the dipping sauce

  • 200 g strained yogurt

  • lime juice, of 2 lime

  • 1 tablespoon(s) honey

  • 1 level teaspoon(s) cumin

  • salt

  • pepper

Method


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You may have tried to make zucchini fritters in the past and may have been disappointed… since they may turn out heavy or oily. With this recipe, I will let you in on all the secrets to help you make the crunchiest, most aromatic, delicious fritters ever! 

  • Line a large bowl with a thin kitchen towel.

  • Grate the zucchini on to the towel in the bowl, using the large blades of the grater.

  • Sprinkle with a generous amount of salt to help the zucchini release more moisture.

  • Mix and squeeze the mixture with your hands.

  • Wrap in the towel and squeeze very tightly in your hands to release as much liquid as possible.

  • The less moisture the zucchini mixture has, the crunchier your fritters will become!

  • Transfer from towel to a clean, dry bowl.

  • Finely chop the green part of the spring onions.

  • Finely chop the mint leaves, dill and basil and add them all to the bowl.

  • Add the lime zest, cumin, chili flakes, crumbled feta and 2 eggs.

  • Mix until all of the ingredients are completely combined. 

  • Add the flour and mix just to combine. Do not overmix.

  • Place a nonstick pan over medium to high heat.

  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.

  • Pick up spoonfuls of the mixture and carefully add them to the hot oil. Do not crowd your pan.

  • Gently press down on the patties to spread them out a little.

  • Fry on both sides until nice and golden, just like pancakes!

  • When ready, transfer to a plate lined with paper towels so they can drain from excess oil.

  • Repeat the same process until all of your mixture has turned in to crunchy fritters.

For the sauce

  • Combine the yogurt, honey, cumin, chili flakes, salt and freshly ground pepper in a bowl and your sauce is ready.

  • Serve the zucchini fritters with the sauce and some lime wedges and don’t forget to sprinkle some finely chopped fresh coriander over everything!

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