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Spicy Courgette and Pea Fritter

  • Heat Medium
  • Serves 4
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 10 mins
Spicy Courgette and Pea Fritter

Delicately spiced courgette and pea cakes

Hari says

These spicy little fritters not only make a really tasty snack, but they work really well as a healthier alternative to the usual potato fritters. They are made with a very similar batter to a pakora, but flattened and shallow fried. In this recipe I have used plain flour but you can use chickpea flour too. And as always they work perfectly with a spicy and tangy chutney.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 2 medium courgettes, grated
  • 100g plain flour (or gram flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 50g frozen peas, defrosted
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • handful coriander, chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • oil for cooking


  1. Grate the courgette and sprinkle with salt and leave for as long as you can. Place it in a colander in the sink, squeezing out any excess water.
  2. In a bowl mix together the flour and baking soda.
  3. Add the grated courgette, onion, peas, garlic, salt, chilli, coriander, chilli powder, garam masala and cumin seeds.
  4. Squeeze and mix everything together. If it's a little dry add a touch of water.
  5. Heat some oil (2 tbsp) in a nonstick frying pan.
  6. Take a large spoonful and place in the hot pan. Gently press to flatten (it will be sticky) and shallow fry fritters. Reduce the heat if it gets too hot.
  7. Cook on the first side until golden then flip and cook the other side. 

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)4
of which saturates (g)1
Carbohydrates (g)26
of which sugars (g)4
Fibre (g)3
Protein (g)5
Salt (mg)169
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (6)

  • Kirsty


    29 August 2019 at 17:14 |
    This is an excellent recipe. I was struggling to find recipes that were a bit different to use up courgettes in the courgette season but this is a great recipe, mild but tasty so good for kids and adults and shallowed fried makes them a bit healthier than deep fried. Will be making them again and adding to my top 10 recipe.


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      07 September 2019 at 12:35 |
      Woohoo - Did you take a picture? I would love to see your pictures so please post them on my free app here https://hari.is/2P5rXbk - would be great for others to see how tasty courgettes can be. Thanks so much Kirsty


  • Mike


    13 August 2019 at 14:32 |
    Can I freeze Spicy Courgette and Pea Fritter?


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      07 September 2019 at 12:41 |
      Hi Mike - yes I think they would be fine - heat in the oven on hight. Thanks for trying the recipe. What did you think? Hari


  • Halinka


    12 September 2018 at 10:55 |
    As a an alternative to cakes, I made these for our Macmillan Coffee Morning and goodness me have they gone down a treat. I replaced the peas with sweetcorn which works well, and made a beetroot, yoghurt and dill dip. I'm now printing off several recipes for inspired colleagues. I regularly make these during the courgette season and definitely one of the most popular dishes in my repertoire. Thank you for the inspiration.


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      12 September 2018 at 19:14 |
      Hi Halinka Now that bring a big smile to my face - great to hear that you have been using courgettes and your colleagues loved the fritters. Pease do take pictures and share them with me on my app too. its free and there is a great community who would love to see your dishes. Thanks Hari


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