February 20, 2011

Carrot and Swede Fritters with Coriander and Lime Chutney


I wish we all had three day weekends. One night to recuperate from the long week we just had, one night to party hard and another to recover from the partying – in that order.

Don’t get me wrong, I love work, but three day weekends would make me a very happy bunny indeed. Speaking of bunnies…

In this week’s recipe, grated carrots, swede and sweet potatoes are bound together with nutty chickpea flour and spices to create these light and crispy fritters. Dip them in a spicy coriander and lime chutney and the flavours come alive.

I wanted these fritters to remain a beautiful orange colour, keeping the filling grated and not mashed. In order to do this, I blanched the whole carrots, swede and sweet potatoes for around 6 minutes, refreshed in iced water and then grated them. This way, the vegetables became bright coloured and part-cooked, yet still held their shape.

These would make a great starter as part of an Indian or international menu and are perfect for lunch or impressing dinner party guests. They can be shallow fried, then placed in a low oven for up to 30 minutes until you’re ready to serve them. If you don’t eat onions, omit them – I added them mainly for colour.

If you can’t get hold of swede, you can also try these with courgettes and if you’re feeling indulgent, some grated paneer would taste divine.

Fresh coriander stalks, lime zest and ginger bring beautiful fresh flavours to this dish, which are reflected in the coriander and lime chutney – it’s a fantastic pairing.

Carrot-munching rabbits don’t know what they’ve been missing out on all this time. This is where it’s at.

Carrot and Swede Fritters with Coriander and Lime Chutney
(makes 10-12)

Ingredients for the Carrot and Swede Fritters

240g carrot, peeled (about 2 large carrots)
240g swede, peeled and halved (about 1 small swede)
120g sweet potato, peeled
2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander stalks
1 tsp lime zest
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tbsp lime juice
2 green chilli, finely chopped
5 tbsp plain flour
3 tbsp chickpea flour
2 tbsp fine cornmeal
1 tsp cornflour
½ tsp toasted cumin seeds
Pinch bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
Oil to shallow fry


1. Place the whole carrots, halved swede and sweet potato in a pan and cover with boiling water from the kettle. Bring to a boil and simmer for 6 minutes. Drain and shock the vegetables in a bowl of iced water.

2. Grate the vegetables and squeeze all the water out of them (this is very important as your mixture cannot be runny).

3. Combine the grated vegetables with all of the ingredients for the fritters and bring together with your hands.

4. Form small fritters with the mixture and place on a cling film lined baking tray. Dust with some fine cornmeal, cover and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

5. Heat about 1cm of oil in a frying pan. Place in a few fritters at a time, trying not to move them around too much. When lightly golden on one side, flip and cook the other side. Use the back of a fork to very gently press and flatten them to create craggy edges which will crisp up. When golden on the other side, place the fritters on a baking tray and put them in a preheated oven at 180°C for 15-20 minutes to cook through.

6. Serve with a coriander and lime chutney and a wedge of lime.

Ingredients for the Coriander and Lime Chutney

80g fresh coriander including stalks
4 hot green chillies
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 ½ tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
1 clove garlic


1. Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor to create a fine puree. If you don’t have a food processor (I don’t have one), use a pestle and mortar and some elbow grease to pound it all to a pulp.


When you’re making your chutney, please try not to get any ‘chatta’ (splashes) in your eyes. I don’t want an inbox full of angry emails threatening legal action.

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29 responses to “Carrot and Swede Fritters with Coriander and Lime Chutney”

  1. Junia says:

    this looks healthy and delicious!!! wow!

  2. artipatel88 says:

    U didn't save any for me? 🙁 They look absolutely yummy!

  3. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal says:

    wow, what a creativity dear. Love your recipe and presentation both.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Lovely, I am sure they would taste just as good with KETCHUP. NO,

  5. Priya says:

    Fritters looks irresistible and inviting!

  6. Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) says:

    yummy…bful presentation

  7. Mr. P says:

    Knew you'd get a 'You could add paneer if you liked.' in there somewhere. Knew it.

    Gonna make these. They just look too delicious not to.

  8. Now Serving says:

    I am really salivating at your pictures – Nice one for bookmarking

  9. penny aka jeroxie says:

    oh! I love this and the colours are so vibrant. and your lime chutney is too tempting to say no

  10. Nithya says:

    delicious, healthy and good looking fritters 🙂 yummm.. its a lovely combo with chutney 🙂

  11. Tina says:

    Superb clicks…

  12. Jun says:

    I'm not going to miss this out!!! Looks so delicious!

  13. Devadeva Mirel says:

    looks great…as always!

  14. KitchenArtistry says:

    Very tasty! We'd love to have you feature some of your dishes at kitchenartistry.com

  15. Latha says:

    looks so tasty. Loved all the clicks.

  16. wgfoodie says:

    This recipe sounds so delicious. I must say, I've made a fritter out of lots of veggies but have not done carrot fritters in a long time. Your chutney sounds divine and I am really looking forward to making a rendition of this.

  17. foodblogandthedog says:

    These look so lovely, do you think it would work with squash as well or too mushy? Reminds me of bubble & squeak would be great with a fried egg on top!! Congrats on Top 9!!

  18. Kanchan says:

    I loved the carroty look.. looks healthy and lovely.

  19. sanjeeta kk says:

    Love the carroty fritters and the green chutney. Sweet potato in the fritters is surely a lovely ingredient to add. beautiful clicks, Sanjana.

  20. saint bapu says:

    sanju another recipe your aunty can make for me.

  21. Threemealsaday says:

    This looks great. Nice presentation and writeup. You had me at swede as I never heard of that term before – rutabaga yes.

    Adding this to a list of recipes to try. Congrats on your top 9.


  22. Vaishali Sharma says:

    Yum Yum Yum! Looks super delicious! Presentation is lovely as always….Chutni looks finger-licking delicious.

  23. alyce says:

    I had to look up "swede"! Learned something new. Thanks and this recipe sounds yummy. Love chutney.

  24. this designer cooks says:

    These frittters look delightful! I have to try them. I had to look up what a swede was actually! Thanks for the post!

  25. pigpigscorner says:

    The fritters look so good! Great clicks!

  26. Aisha Jameel says:

    Your dishes look yum … loved the presentation of the food ! good work
    you can view some of my dishes on http://kitchensojourn.blogspot.com ! i would be really happy if you follow it 🙂

  27. The Salty Pear says:

    These little things look so darn yummy. I'm craving them, and I've never even tasted one!

  28. Sherlly says:

    Hi there! I made this for dinner last night and it was super good! Easy and no fuss. Really loved the Cilantro chutney.

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