In 2013, Jo and I took our two girls for a one month vacation to beautiful Madrid. Ostensibly this was meant to be a little “educational trip” for Bianca to look at fashion (she is now a qualified Fashion Designer) and for Andrea to look at Architecture; she too has since qualified and is working as well.
One of the Studios/Salons Bianca and I visited was to this very beautiful Store of “Adolfo Domínguez“ (for more details look at my blog entry of 23.06.2013 – Fashion for comfort & love!). After our “work” we always made our way to the top floor where, to put it simply, we felt a bit like inside the world of “The Devil Wears Prada”. Sometimes it seemed to us, that every woman there nibbling on a lettuce leaf and/or having their glass of delicious wine, had walked straight out of pages of VOGUE. In retrospect I would have liked to eat (and photograph!) my way through Chef’s small but very delicious looking menu.
(Pic. Above: Inside the top-floor Cafeteria at “Adolfo Domínguez” – a little heaven amidst the noise and hectic of Madrid.)
But one item from his blackboard I really loved and in the end he very kindly shared the recipe with me.
I have altered it a little bit – in order to suit our own pallet giving it a little bit more ‘kick’ especially re the spices -.
This is lovely for Snacky food served on a bed of beautifully crisp green salad with the Onion Jam as an accompaniment and when made smaller and a bit thicker also as cocktail party food.
So, why not give those little Fritters a try – maybe you too end up liking them as we do in my own little family.
Little Courgette Fritters with fiery onion jam
Recuerdos de Madrid – Memories of Madrid
Right at the beginning a little word of advice, when you make the onion jam, make double or even treble the amount you want for your fritters, this thick chutney like jam is so Moorish, it keeps well in your fridge up to a week – you also might want to have it with your favourite cheese!!!
I used the following:
Appr. 1 lb courgettes (yellow or green), top and tailed, coarsely grated and kept aside in a bowl
A small chunk of hard cheese (either freshly! grated Parmesan or Cheddar), kept aside
2 eggs, slightly beaten with a fork
App. 4 Tbsp of Besan (yellow) flour also known as garbanzo bean flour, chickpea flour (or plain)
Salt and pepper (you will need a bit more salt here than usual)
¾ Tbsp of Kashmiri Chilli powder
½ tsp of fennel powder
½ tsp of cumin powder
Small bunch of Spring onions (use the green part only!)
Vegetable Oil for frying
1 very clean cheese clothes
A few sheets of kitchen paper towel
To make the onion jam I used the following:
4 large onion, thinly sliced
½ Tbsp Oil
3 green chillies
5 small garlic pods
1 Tbsp (maximum) soft brown sugar
½ tsp of dry red chilli flakes
Heat oil in a wide pan, add your onions and the garlic, stir and on low heat and cook this for the next 20 minutes, approx.. or until onions are very soft.
When done let this cool down quickly and transfer to your Blender with the chillies, sugar and the chilli flakes and “blitz” until everything is very smooth.
Return to the pan and once again on very low flame cook for an additional 10 minutes. Done! And ready to be used with the fritters.
Tip the grated Courgettes onto the cheesecloth and wring out as much of the liquid, which will have appeared, and move to a large mixing bowl. Now add the eggs, cheese, flour and all the spices and the spring onion greens and mix well. Check seasoning.
Take your pan, add just enough oil to cover the pan and heat on medium flame. When hot add dollops of your fritter mixture with a big spoon carefully into the oil, flatten the fritters slightly and gently fry for 3-4 minutes on either side. A word of warning: do not take your eyes off them for a second – they can turn dark very quickly (see my own disastrous first attempt: delicious but near cinder top and bottom!!)
Remove and keep on the sheets of kitchen paper to lose some of the oil (do not cover). If you make a large batch, keep them on a baking sheet inside your oven on very low heat to keep warm.
When you finished making all your fritters, bring them to your table with the beautiful jam in a separate bowl and enjoy!!
Notes: You can of course also use half/half (yellow/green) courgettes.
The amount of chillies used is suited for our own pallet; tone it down if you want, but……you do want ‘the kick’!
Thumbs up, as usual….
thank you 🙂 🙂
Oh yummy! Love zucchinis and like them made into fritters . . . but even more so can’t wait to make your onion jam with that tad of extra kick 🙂 ! Thank you . . .
…fritters are also very nice made with Leeks! Have to make more ‘jam’ – we finished it already 🙂
I adore courgette fritters 🙂
… but really, who does not? 🙂 Btw – I always enjoy your picture with your lovely horse.
what a perfect meal for me 🙂
… for us, too. Try them out – and hopefully you will like those 🙂
These look divine Carina!! I also love the idea of serving these with the spicy jam too 🙂
thank you, Lorraine “long- time -no- see” 🙂 🙂 that jam is delicious!!! Let me know what you think if and when you make it, please.
Hi Lorraine, glad you like those – and that Jam – divine, goes well with other things, too. We even spice it up more at times for husband!!:) 🙂
Love your “tulip” tomato (?) and green onion (?) garnish. Could have a few of your fritters this moment.
Hahaha Norma, I am trying to learn to make simple veg decorations – yes! tomato tulip with green chillies! And Norma, thanks for coming back 🙂 – I would love to make those fritters for you if you were here, of course :). Btw – you can not imagine how big a thrill I get out of just looking at your vegetable garden – we have at times of course an abundance of tropical fruit and certain vegetables, but……what we both very much miss are things like any kind of lettuce, beautiful big spring onions, fresh peas, leeks available most of the time, …..and the list goes on. This is not meant as a major “moan-moan”, just a jotting down of a certain wish list :).
Your fritters sounds really good with the onion jam. Yum.
good morning, Karen – welcome back! Has been a long time 🙂 🙂 – thank you for your kind comment and yes! they are YUM.
Onion jam is so delicious! I don’t see it very often. Nice!
thank you for your time in commenting – and yes, it’s nice! 🙂
Yeah, another recipe. Saved this. 🙂
by the way, “Sometimes it seemed to us, that every woman there nibbling on a lettuce leaf and/or having their glass of delicious wine, had walked straight out of pages of VOGUE.” –> This makes me smile really wide. 😀 😀 kkkkk