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Potato Croquets – Indian Style

I felt quite proud of myself for this little creation. So this is one of my “in the moment” recipes I made up as I went along on a Sunday after being asked to make dinner. Why I found this a struggle is because my Sundays have become ‘veggie Sunday’s’ for over 10 years in my house. We’re like vegans who can eat dairy products – only on Sunday’s! If it were more than once a week I think I would have died by now. Not like I’m a meat eating monster just that I love my sausages! This started as a religious thing, which everyone started getting tired of since we couldn’t understand how it was religious to not eat meat once a week. But now we’ve gone so used to it, we refuse to rebel against.

So Originally I made a plain butter sauce (which I keep meaning to share with you guys) with paneer but it looked a bit boring, so made a side accompaniment for the sauce. This is basically a citrusy mildly spicy mash in a crunchy/crispy batter. The idea came from my odd crave over mums crunchy pakoras and decided to try them my way!

fried croquets 2

Recipe:

Filling

2 Potatoes (cooked in the microwave like you would a jacket potato, 10 mins turnover, 10 mins again)
Juice of 1/4 lemon (fresh is best)
1/4 tsp of salt, or preferred taste
1/3 tsp Garam Masala
1 tbsp Dried Fenugreek

pinch of chilli powder

Pakora Batter

4 heaped tbsp of gram flour (chickpea flour)
1 heaped tbsp cornflour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp whole cumin seeds
pinch of chilli powder
enough water to make thick paste, 6 tbsp or more.

Instruction

  1. Place the Potatoes in the microwave for 10 mins. Once the microwave pings turn the potatoes and redo the process and then a further 2 mins. Leave to cool on the side.
  2. Once cooled down scoop out the potato and mash with a fork.
  3. add the lemon juice, salt and masala and mix
  4. Form 12 balls the size of a ping pong ball. Or just use a teaspoon to scoop.
  5. Leave in the fridge and put the oil on the hob. That probably doesn’t make sense so-pour enough sunflower/vegetable oil to make 1/4 to 1/3 of a small saucepan. Now leave that on medium heat. Definitely not high!
  6. Crack on with the batter meaning chuck all the dry ingredients in a bowl and slowly add enough water to make a thick batter (pancake batter consistency).
  7. Dunk a ball at time in the batter and use a clean tsp and place in the hot oil.
  8. Fry 3 at a time for 2-3 mins on each side or until really golden. Once finished all 12 leave in the oven on 150c until ready to eat, or just eat straight away.
  9. Serve with a raita (cucumber, red onion and yoghurt), chutney or like I did with a curry sauce.

The filling

Excuse the dirt on the plate. At least you know I made them!

fried croquets-square

Don’t judge the perfectly placed potatoes. I’m experimenting with the camera!

the butter sauce

And this is my Famous Butter Sauce. I will give you guys the recipe – Don’t worry I’m just still trying to perfect it, well note down exactly what I put in!

PS garam masala- you can find at supermarkets (surprisingly) BUT I will share with you guys our house recipe. Damn I got a lot to share with you!

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