Chickpea-Curry-Pistachio Fritters & Garlic Flax Chive Dipping Sauce

Your mouth is gonna love these chickpea fritters! Good with or without the chive sauce. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Chive sauce Ingredients

20 garlic cloves, peeled and roasted

Extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup Kraft mayonnaise

Zest of 1 lemon

3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon flax seeds

1 stalk scallion, chopped

Pinch kosher salt

Pinch black pepper

Pinch chili flakes

1/4 cup fresh chives, minced

 

Fritter Ingredients

1 1/4 cups chickpea flour

1 cup shredded white Cheddar

1 teaspoon flax seeds

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ground curry

1/2 cup toasted, then ground pistachio nuts

Pinch kosher salt

Pinch black pepper

Pinch chili flakes

3 garlic cloves, squeezed

2 large eggs

3/4 to 1 cup cold beer

1 cup chickpeas (canned or cook from scratch), drained on paper towels 15 minutes, or longer

1 cup chickpeas (canned or cooked from scratch), drained on paper towels 15 minutes, or longer

1 onion, halved and thinly sliced

1/2 cup coconut oil, or extra virgin olive oil, for frying

 

You can tell just by looking at the ingredients, that this is going to taste good! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Directions for Sauce

 

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees, put garlic cloves in a small baking dish and add enough olive oil to cover. Roast until garlic is soft and golden, about 30 minutes. Cool.

Roasted garlic just out of the oven. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

2. Drain garlic, reserving oil.

3. Transfer the roasted garlic to food processor, add 1 Tablespoon of the reserved oil, that garlic was roasted in.

4. To the food processor add, mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice, flax seeds, scallion, salt pepper and puree. Transfer to a bowl and stir in chives. Use remaining oil for another purpose.

 

Final step of chive sauce. The fresh chives give the green color to the sauce. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Directions for Fritters

1. Toast pistachios with or without oil.

2. Slice the onion

Pistachios add a deep mysterious flavor to this recipe; plus they are the lowest calorie nuts. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Slicing the onion. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

3. In food processor, puree 1 cup of the chickpeas, then scrape into small bowl.

4. In food processor, pulse the second cup of chickpeas, BUT DO NOT PUREE. KEEP LITTLE PIECES OF CHICKPEAS. This will give the fritters a more interesting texture. Scrape this into the bowl with the pureed chickpeas.

 

This second batch of chickpeas is not pureed. Coarsely pulsed, you want small pieces to remain in the batter, to give the fritter more texture. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

5. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, Cheddar, flax seeds, salt, pepper, chili flakes, turmeric, ground pistachio nuts and garlic and mix well.

All of step five has been added to this mixing bowl. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

 6. In a separate small bowl, gently whisk eggs with beer. Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and stir until combined.

Whisking beer with the eggs. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

 7. Now, stir in all of the chickpea mixture and also add the onion.

All of the fritter ingredients have been added to the (above) mixing bowl. The batter is ready to cook. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

  

8. Heat oil (use up any left-over oil from previous cooking) in a large skillet over medium-high flame.

9. Drop about 1 Tablespoon of batter (for each chickpea fritter) into the oil and fry 6 fritters at a time until golden-brown; 2 to 3 minutes a side.

Cooking the fritters, just dropped in pan. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

 10. When fritters are golden brown and done, remove to paper towels to drain.

Draining fritters on paper towel. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

11. Serve hot, with the sauce on the side and some fresh lemon & lime segments (optional).

We started the meal with the chickpea fritters (chive sauce) as an appetizer with iced Pouilly-Fuisse; but they were so good, the fritters became my whole meal. Jules gives the fritters a thumbs-up, but also had mushroom deviled eggs, baked string-beans with Panko/parmesan coating, chicken, and fresh cold watermelon for dessert. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Fritters and sauce can be as spicy as you wish. Just adjust the seasoning ingredients, to your taste. It’s a wonderful meal when you go from spicy and delicious, to (dessert) cold and sweet. Enjoy! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Just spear a piece with your fork and enjoy cool, sweet watermelon for dessert. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

It was a beautiful late Spring day, here in the Big Apple; so gratifying to end it with this cold Pouilly-Fuisse and all that followed. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

This weekend we saw, Oslo, awarded a Tony for best play. Oslo also got a Tony for best actor, Michael Aronov. Oslo is a wonderful, thought provoking work, with just the right amount of joking and light-heartedness, interspersed throughout the play. We enjoyed it immensely and recommend that you get tickets if you can. Our only FYI, is that the acoustics at the Vivian Beaumont Theater are not the best.

 

This venue is great for musicals (We saw South Pacific here) but problematic for the spoken word. Nevertheless, we do think you’ll agree it’s time well spent, with lots to discuss afterwards.

 

From Our Table to Yours

Bon Appetit!

 

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