These Masala Butternut Squash Fritters are crispy on the outside tender inside, and served with a delicious creamy sweet spicy sauce. Masala means spices, and these fritters are definitely spiced up. A perfect weeknight meal done under 30 minutes, minimal ingredients and minimal effort
During the winter months there is an overabundance of butternut squash, and I am always trying to find new ways to use it. I have roasted butternut squash, pan fried it, and now made them into fritters (these might be my favorite).
What you need to make these Masala Butternut Squash Fritters?
How to prepare the butternut squash?
The butternut squash needs to be shredded, and you can do this two ways. The first way is to shred it using a box grater which is laborious and a little time-consuming. The second way is to use a food processor which is my preferred method. You can choose the method that best suits you.
Why use chickpea flour instead of all-purpose flour?
Chickpea flour or besan as it is known in Indian kitchens is a gluten free flour, protein packed, lower in carbohydrates than all-purpose flour, and is a denser flour which absorbs more moisture.
When I was first testing this recipe I made a traditional fritter batter using eggs and all-purpose flour, but did not enjoy the texture. I decided to apply the Indian method of making onion fritters (Pakora), in which the fritter batter is made with the moisture released from onions and chickpea flour.
Since there are no eggs in these fritters they need a denser flour such as chickpea flour to bind the fritter mixture.
How to make these Masala Butternut squash fritters?
To a bowl mix the shredded butternut squash, spices, onions, and salt. Let the mixture sit for five minutes, and then add the chickpea flour. When you mix in the chickpea flour you will see a moist batter is formed. Heat up a frying pan, mound on fritter mixture and fry on both sides till golden brown.
How to make the creamy sweet spicy sauce?
The sauce is made of two ingredients Greek yogurt and Maggi hot and sweet tomato sauce. The hot and sweet sauce can be found at the Indian grocery stores, if you can’t find it then just use regular ketchup. You can also substitute mayonnaise for Greek yogurt, if you are vegan you can use vegan mayo or vegan yogurt.
These Masala butternut squash fritters are quite filling on their own, but if you want a hearty meal you can serve them with fried eggs or poached eggs on tops.
Other dishes that go well with these fritters:
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