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Potato and Coriander Fritters - Aloo Bhajis

Potato and Coriander Fritters - Aloo Bhajis

The subtle heat of the green chillies, the nuttiness of the gram flour and the cool, refreshing taste of coriander makes these fritters a delightful opening to a meal.

bar Potato and Coriander Fritters - Aloo Bhajis

Picture by William Lingwood

Makes 16

250g/9oz floury potatoes, peeled
55g/2oz gram flour or besan
2 green chillies, finely chopped
½ tsp salt
A handful of coriander leaves, washed and coarsely chopped
Oil for deep frying


Grate the potatoes coarsely into a large bowl. Sift the flour into the same bowl, then add the chillies, salt and coriander leaves. Stir together with a fork until the mixture forms a thick, coarse batter.
Heat enough oil for deep-frying in a heavy based saucepan over a high heat or in a deep-fat fryer to 190C/375F, or until a small drop of the batter sizzles fiercely in the oil. Drop 1 tablespoon of the batter into the oil and fry for about 1 minute, or until it turns golden brown.
Remove the fritter from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Taste the fritter and adjust the seasoning of the batter, adding more salt, if necessary.
Fry the remaining fritters, working in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan, if necessary.
Remove any pieces of fried batter from the oil and return the oil to the correct temperature before adding each new batch. These fritters can be fried in advance and reheated in an oven at 180C/350F/gas 4 for 10 minutes before serving.


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