It’s eggplant season! Make these crunchy eggplant fritters in just 30 minutes! They are bursting with flavors and have a delicious, crunchy texture you’ll love.
I love eggplants! I guess that’s pretty obvious seeing how many eggplant recipes I have on the blog! 😀 I love them baked, fried, in patties, in casseroles, stuffed, and pretty much cooked in any way possible. I guess my passion for eggplants has started when I was little and tried for the first time the popular Romanian “zacusca”, which is a red pepper and eggplant spread, and also eggplant caviar.
I still remember that day! It was Sunday and the whole family was eating together. My grandma placed two bowls with these eggplant spreads on the table and asked me if I wanted to give them a try. My first reaction was to say that I don’t like them, even though I have never tried them before! But I am glad she finally convinced me and I fell in love with their flavor ever since. 🙂
It is eggplant season and not a week goes by without trying a new eggplant recipe. Yesterday I stuffed them with some mushrooms and herbs; it was somewhat similar to my stuffed eggplants recipe, but I skipped the rice, and today I decided to make some eggplant fritters with the leftover eggplant pulp.
It’s not the first time I use eggplant in patties. Remember my lentil and eggplant patties recipe? 🙂 But this time I tried something different, I combined them with chopped mushrooms and some special spices and herbs, and the result was amazing!
These crunchy eggplant fritters are really easy to make. I suggest you make some stuffed eggplants a day before and save the scooped out eggplant pulp for these. All you have to do is chop, mix and lightly fry! Enjoy! 🙂
- scooped out pulp from 3 medium eggplants, chopped
- 6 medium button mushrooms, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, mashed
- 2 Tbsps sesame seeds
- ~4 Tbsps chickpea or rice flour
- 1 Tbsp psyllium husks or ground flax seeds (If you don't want them vegan, you can just add a medium egg, beaten)
- 2 Tbsps dill, chopped
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp sumac powder
- ½ tsp cumin
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
- Thinly chop eggplant pulp, then chop mushrooms.
- Heat 2 tsps of oil in a pan. Add chopped eggplant, mushrooms, mashed garlic, spices, and herbs.
- Cover with a lid. Let it cook for 7 minutes.
- Remove lid and occasionally stir. Let them cook for another 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
- Move the cooked mixture to a bowl. Add chickpea or rice flour and psyllium husks or ground flax seeds. Mix well and lightly mash them.
- Heat some oil in a large, non-stick pan. Don't use too much oil, just enough to grease the bottom of the pan.
- Add 1 Tbsp of eggplant fritters mixture in the pan, and lightly press it to give it a more flattened shape.
- Cook on both sides, ~2-3 minutes on each side. Repeat this for all the fritters.
- Place them on a plate covered with some paper towels.