The cheesy salsa fritters I am here to tell you about today were a kitchen experiment that turned out extremely happy. These fritters are what I made using some of the goodies we received at the Go Cheese gourmet cheese tasting event I recently attended. They were delish, if I may say so myself, hot and cheesy, and just perfect for the cold, cold weather in Bangalore now.
I call them cheesy salsa fritters because I made the filling exactly the way we would make salsa – with finely chopped tomato, onion, capsicum and coriander.
Do try these out as a tea-time snack! They are so very simple to make, and can be whipped up using just a few ingredients off your kitchen shelves.
Here is how I made the fritters.
Ingredients (Yields 8-10 fritters):
- 5 slices of plain cheese, crumbled (I used Go Cheese)
- Salt, to taste
- Red chilli powder, to taste
- A few strands of fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
- 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 small tomato, finely chopped
- 1/2 of a medium-sized capsicum, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons de-seeded olives in brine (store-bought)
- About 10 pieces of chopped, pickled jalapenos (store-bought), or to taste
- 5-6 heaped tablespoons cornflour, or as needed to make a thick batter
- Bread crumbs, to roll the fritters in
- Oil for deep frying the fritters
- Take all the ingredients except the oil, bread crumbs and cornflour in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
- Using a little water, make a thick batter out of the cornflour. Add salt to taste. Mix well. The batter shouldn’t be too runny; it should be thick enough to coat the fritters evenly. Keep aside.
- Lay out the bread crumbs in a plate.
- Heat the oil on a high flame till it starts smoking. Then, lower the flame to medium.
- Form small balls out of the cheese-vegetable mixture. Dip them, one at a time, in the cornflour batter. Roll the balls, one at a time, in the bread crumbs, ensuring that they are evenly coated.
- Deep fry the fritters till they turn dark brown on the outside, turning sides gently, ensuring that they do not break.
- Serve hot with tomato ketchup or sauce of your preference.
- Grated processed cheese can be used in place of the crumbled cheese slices. You could use about 1/2 cup grated cheese for the same quantity of other ingredients.
- These fritters need to be fried very carefully and turned with a very gentle hand, otherwise they can break easily and the filling can ooze out into the oil.