Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters | giverecipe.com

There are several vegetables used to make fritters, but zucchini is the most prefered one in Turkish cuisine. There are several reasons why Turkish women generally use zucchini for fritters. First, it  helps digestion system of body. You don’t feel bloated when you eat fritters made of zucchini. There is another reason for Turkish moms to favour zucchini while making fritters. You know moms always wish their children eat all vegetables and zucchini is one of the vegetables that children hardly love to eat.   However, I can’t think of a child who refuses these small and cute fritters. Knowing this, clever moms make fritters to make their children love this light vegetable. As this is not a main dish, moms generally make these as a snack before dinner time when their children come back from school.

Also, zucchini fritters enrich friend meetings in the afternoon. Turkish women try to serve various snacks when they invite some friends. Some of these snacks are a kind of borek, stuffed grapevine leaves, kisir, potato salad, lentil balls, cigarette borek, etc. And zucchini fritters are one of these snacks that is served to guests on a plate with some sliced tomatoes and cucumbers.

The last reason to prefer zucchini for fritters is that Turkish women want to put leftover zucchinis in use. When making stuffed zucchini, they carve their inside out and they don’t use these in stuffing mixture. As they don’t want to waste these, they generally put them in a plastic bag and keep in refrigerator for the following day. They make fritters from these at breakfast or as a snack for their children. So if you stuff zucchinis, do not throw their insides away.

Kabak Mucver

Ingredients
-    2 zucchinis
-    1 cup crumbled feta cheese
-    2 eggs
-    8 tbsp flour
-    Half bunch of parsley
-    Half bunch of fresh dill
-    1 tbsp baking powder
-    1 tsp salt
-    1 tsp black pepper
-    ½ cup vegetable oil to fry

Grate the zucchinis and squeeze their juice with your hands.

Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add cheese and whisk.

Mince the parsley and dill. Put them with grated and squeezed zucchini in the egg mixture.

Finally, add flour, baking powder, salt and black pepper and mix them all until combined.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium high heat.. Take a little mixture with a tablespoon and throw it in the pan. Put as many pieces as your pan contains. When one side is fried (in about a minute), flap the other side. When both sides are fried, take the fritters and put them on a paper towel to get rid of the excessive oil.

Alternatively, you can cook them in oven instead of frying if you want it without oil. You will just place the fritter mixture with a tablespoon on a baking sheet in an oven tray and cook them at 180C for about 30 minutes until golden.

Serve these fritters with some greens or sliced tomatoes and cucumbers.

Zucchini Fritters | giverecipe.com

Healthy Vegetables

An eggplant, a carrot, a green pepper and a zucchini are close friends in the same neighborhood. They love to spend time together; they go swimming, play tennis, and have a morning walk together. In fact, the zucchini is the one who encourages them to have such an active life. Unlike the other vegetables, who love to mess around at home, the zucchini always try to be active to be fit. She always reminds her friends that they are vegetables, which means they must do exercise to stay healthy. She always tries different methods to persuade the other vegetables to exercise. This time she takes her friends to a dance club and maybe because of the lively music or the lovely costumes, they all enjoyed to be there. The zucchini thinks that she eventually finds the best way for her friends to exercise as they all promise to attend the club regularly.(drawing by mom) (The drawing is deleted)



Comments

  1. OysterCulture says

    Zerrin, these fritter treats look yummy! I love zucchini and I’d be hard pressed to stop eating them. They look scrumptious! Turkish moms sound very wise!

  2. says

    The fritters look great. But my nephew still doesn’t want to eat them. But consistency is the key. I like your write up on the healthy vegetable on zucchini. :D

  3. hacer says

    Hi Zerrin,
    This is the first time I am writing comments of your recipes.This also seems so delicious (like others) that it is becoming hard to stop my hunger at this time of the day.If I do not feel a bit tired,I will go and try it as a night owl working in the kitchen on the spur of the night.You force us to live in the kitchen.Take care :)

  4. says

    I so love courgettes with feta: that makes an excellent yummie combination!

    Lovely pictures!! I also love your healthy vegetables drawings!! hahaha,…

  5. says

    Oh Zerrin, I love fritters! I have made corn and prawn fritters twice already (on my blog). And now I will have to try these zucchini fritters. I love that you crumbled feta cheese into them!

  6. says

    The zucchini golden fritters look sensational, especially with the adding of the feta cheese!
    I’m bookmarking it for future reference, really soon :)

    Cheers!

    Gera

  7. Soma says

    I love the fritters! But I love the kisir more than anything else ;-)

  8. Reeni says

    These look perfect, Zerrin! So crispy, golden brown and I bet their delicious!

  9. says

    I love those fritters!!!!I really like the addition of feta cheese. They look fantastic, Zerrin!

  10. says

    These look delicious! I love how you add feta and great tip about saving the insides from stuffed zucchini. Yes, this would enrich any gathering of friends!

  11. says

    Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables, and I love making them into fritters! Yours look absolutely perfect and so incredibly delicious!

  12. says

    Zerrin, these are my favourite. I love zucchini fritters. I love it with chili sauce dip….mmmm

  13. says

    Thank you all for your comments. I definitely appreciate them much. As I have been dealing with my students’ exam these days, I can’t write responses individually. Moreover, I haven’t been able to check the blogs I love for some time. As soon as I finish some of my school works, I will be back around here again.

  14. says

    Handle your business at school. the comments will be here when you get back. I tried this recipe and loved it. Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables. Asparagus is my favorite.

  15. says

    hi Zerrin,
    the fritters look really appetizing!
    i have seen zuchinnis in the market, looking somethi like cucumbers. I have not used these in my cooking at all. Now i will try your recipe. Too hard to resist!

  16. says

    Ah, one of my favourite vegetables – though I rarely use them to make anything fritter-like. I will have to remedy that!

  17. says

    My mom makes these, they are amoung my favorite things!!

    I have an award for you over at my blog! Hope your new year is well.

  18. says

    I love this recipe. Usually in Lebanon we use the inside of the zucchini and fry them with eggs. I should try your recipe soon next time i make stuffed zucchinis :)

  19. says

    I love the idea to use the leftovers after making stuffed zucchini, great idea, and great recipe!

  20. says

    Love zucchini fritters too as it is a traditional dish that we also use after coring our zucchinis; I have never added feta to them and like the idea a lot!

  21. says

    It’s so nice to come to a foodie blog and learn about another culture. You really do a nice job of teaching and entertaining.

    Do you ever serve a sauce or dip with the fritters? (Sorry, I can’t help myself).

  22. says

    Hi Zerrin, After seeing this recipe for zucchini fritters I’m so glad I planted a couple of zucchini plants in my garden, wow, these look good!

  23. says

    I make zucchini fritters but never like this…I like the addition of feta cheese, dill and parsley….this looks so healthy, flavorful and light

  24. Lydia says

    I made these and I think they’re great. I left out the dill and used all parsley and I fried them in olive oil. I also didn’t have feta, but used the Turkish white cheese that comes in a can, in brine. I think they were fantastic, but I think I’ll back off a little on the added salt next time….the cheese is so full of salt! My 21 month old daughter seems to like them, too!

  25. says

    I LOVE zucchini fritters. I never made them with feta cheese, my daughter’s favorite cheese, so I will have to try this. Thanks!

  26. says

    I am going to Turkey tomorrow for the 4th time in 2 years – I just love the food! I added your Mucver recipe to my blog and I hope you don’t mind, it’s excellent and never lets me down!

    • says

      Mucver is a favorite of many of us here. Glad you love it too. No problem for me as long as you give a link to that post. And I hope you try enough Turkish food when you come here.

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