Beetroots grow very happily in Irish soil. They are earthy and sweet and juicy and full of flavour. You can boil, steam or roast them to eat as a wholesome side veg, to make into a puree or beautiful pink hummus. I love to grate them to use raw in a salad or they go perfectly in these tasty fritters accompanied by the grated carrot.
You can whip these fritters up in about 20 minutes. I recommend using the fine side of your box grater, they cook quicker that way. Eat them solo or add some crunchy chickpeas, local leaves and a tahini dressing to make it a meal.
By seasoning with salt and pepper you get the real taste of the vegetables. When you use quality ingredients the natural flavours shine through.
I’ve made a tahini yoghurt dressing or try Liz’s Vegan Garlic Mayo.
For the fritters: (Makes 8-10 approx – serves 4 as a starter)
- 2 raw beetroot, peeled
- 2 raw carrots, peeled
- 4 scallions (green onions), cleaned
- Pinch salt
- Pinch pepper
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons self raising flour, more if needed. (Rice or gram flour work here too, just add ½ tsp of baking powder)
- Oil to fry
For the roasted chickpeas:
- 1 can organic chickpeas
- Spice mix:
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- A drizzle of oil
For the tahini dressing:
- 1 cup of yoghurt (use dairy or non dairy alternative)
- 2 tablespoons light tahini
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 lemon, zest and juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Green leaves, washed
- Cucumber ribbons (made using a vegetable peeler)
For the chickpeas:
- Preheat the oven 180℃.
- Open the can of chickpea and drain really well. Tip: You can reserve the aqua faba (chickpea juice) to make a sweet dessert like pavlova.
- Pour the chickpeas onto a tray lined with parchment paper. Using kitchen paper dry the chickpeas really well.
- Make up the spice mix by adding the paprika, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper to a small bowl. Mix with a spoon. Then sprinkle over the chickpeas. You can add more salt later if needed.
- Drizzle with oil and roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Check and shake the tray every 10 minutes.
- The chickpeas will be crunchy when you’ve roasted them. They are best eaten on the day they are roasted but if using the next day pop in the oven again for 10 minutes so they are warm and crunchy. Keep them in an air tight jar in your cupboard.
For the fritters:
- Begin by peeling and grating the beetroot and carrot, use the fine side of the box grater. Tip: Hold the raw beetroot with kitchen paper so your hands don’t turn pink. Add to a mixing bowl.
- Finely chop the scallions and add this to the bowl. Crack in the egg, add salt and pepper, sprinkle in the flour. Fold all the ingredients together.
- Warm a non stick frying pan on a medium heat, lightly oil. Add a spoon of the beetroot mix and flatten with the back of the spoon, cook 3 fritters at a time. Fry for a couple of minutes and flip and cook for a few minutes more. Remove with a spatula onto a plate lined with kitchen paper. Repeat with the rest of the mix.
For the tahini dressing:
- Simply add the yoghurt, tahini, lemon zest and juice, maple syrup or honey, salt and pepper to a bowl and mix well with a spoon.
Add some washed green leaves to a serving bowl, add 2-3 fritters per portion. Scatter on the chickpeas, dollop over the tahini dressing, peel some cucumber ribbons and bundle on tip and add a swirl of olive oil.