Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Potato, edamame and carrot fritters

Spring is edamame weather.  A time for fresh green vegies.  So I was delighted to visit a new Asian supermarket (KFL)  in our neighbourhood.  Finally I can walk down the street and buy edamame.  Now I just need a local health food store that sells sorghum flour.  Enough wishful thinking!  Let me tell you about these fritters I made last week after my discovery of a local source of edamame.

I was so excited at a new Asian store that I made miso soup for lunch.  It has been too long since I have made it.  I overdid the Asian greens but who could blame me.  At dinner time I didn't have many vegies about.  There were some old potatoes growing eyes, old carrots in the bottom of the fridge and the new packet of edamame.  I also had the remains of a packet of white miso to use up so I searched for potato fritters with white miso.  I found these potato cakes.  It was all I needed to work up these fritters for a quick weekday meal.

I have also been ignoring the mint in my garden too long.  The fritters went well with sausages and caramelised corn with mint.  They weren't quite cheesy but had a pleasingly smooth mellow taste.  It was just the sort of simple meal I needed.

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago:
WSC Chocolate Pumpkin Digestives
Two years ago: CC Tamarind Tempeh with Noodles
Three years ago: SOS Tahini Muesli Bars or Mama Mia!
Four years ago: Vegan feta crackers for sleepless nights
Five years ago: Lysy’s smoky burgers
 
Potato, edamame and carrot fritters
original recipe by Green Gourmet Giraffe
Serves 2

2 smallish potatoes, diced
handful of podded edamame
1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
1 tbsp white miso
1 tsp nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp lemon juice
pinch of salt, or to taste
2-4 tbsp wholemeal flour
rice bran oil, to fry

Simmer potatoes in salted water for about 10 to 15 minutes until just cooked.  Cook edamame until soft (mine weren't quite soft enough - perhaps they could be done with the potatoes).  Mix in remaining ingredients and shape handfuls into fritters.  (Keep hands damp to avoid mixture sticking all over you.)  Heat frypan and pour in 1-3 tbsp of oil to cover bottom of frypan.  Fry fritters until golden brown each side.

On the Stereo:
The Sound of Music soundtrack

17 comments:

  1. I just had a reminder to check out the local Asian grocery store earlier today. Hope I find some goodies. Luckily I can get edamame at the supermarket but sadly I only have a teeny-tiny freezer so don't have space for any at the moment. I'm sure these would be tasty with frozen peas as well though and are ideal for when I'm low on vegetables as I always have carrots and fairly frequently there's an old potato lying around too!

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    1. Thanks Emma - I couldn't believe the range of stuff at this asian supermarket - might write more about it another time - am sure frozen peas would be a good substitute for the edamame or you could leave it out altogether. Hope you find some good stuff at your asian grocery store

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  2. What fantastic looking fritters!

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  3. I have been ignoring the mint in my garden too - and it has been too long since I have had edamame. Thanks for drawing both to my attention! These fritters look excellent and just the thing for a mid-week meal.

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    1. Thanks Kari - I was feeling quite guilty about my mint and glad I have used some as it is starting to lose its vibrant green.

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  4. If you are visiting Buenos Aires, Chinatown and their Asian supermarkets are the best to find vegan products and of course shopping for them. You won’t find many vegan products elsewhere, except for very small health food shops which may not have everything else. These fritters look tasty with the beautiful edamame & miso is a great ingredient in anything else! I’ve used it in my polenta, too, so tasty instead of veggie broth.

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    1. Thanks Rika - veg burgers and sausages, tofu and tempeh and these sort of products can be found in large supermarkets here and all the accidental vegan products too - but it is the smaller health stores that have far more range and likewise with the food in the asian supermarket when it comes to tofu and tempeh. I've never used miso in polenta - thanks for the tip.

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  5. These look really good! I've never eaten edamame and am a bit frightened to eat larger amounts of soy because I got strange reactions to it in the past (digestive stuff, mood swings, and swellings). For a year or so the only thing I've regularly consumes is gluten-free soy sauce, not even miso. But I've been thinking about trying small amounts of soy again, probably starting with miso and seeing how that works. I'd also like to try tofu, and there's a well-stocked Asian food store not far away which I think has frozen edamame. Fresh ones I've never seen around here.

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    1. Thanks Kath - good luck with trying a bit of soy in your diet - I am glad I can eat soy as I love it. Edamame are only a recent addition to my soy range and they are great - best when lightly salted in their pods and popped fresh into your mouth but I can see that just a few with dinner might work better for you. (I have only bought frozen ones not sure if there are fresh ones around here)

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    2. Thank you, Johanna! :) I've eaten peas from the pod that way in summer - fun! :D Planning to visit the Asian food store for pre-holiday grocery shopping later today (on public holidays, all shops are closed here), then I can see whether I find some edamame and also some fresh tofu. :)

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    3. The hubby will finish it off when it turns out that it doesn't work for me. :)

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  6. Love edamame so I'm sure I'd love these.

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  7. Yum, yum, and yum! Fritters are one of those wonderful things were you know whatever you do to them, whatever stuff needs using up in the back of the fridge, whatever spices you add in, they'll be great. I love edamame in anything - the bouncy texture just calls to me!

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    1. Thanks Joey - I am still fairly new to edamame (but an old hand at fritters - love 'em) and was a bit unsure about the texture and if it shoudl be softer - they were quite bouncy as you so eloquently put it :-)

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  8. I get a friend to buy me edamame beans in 2kg bags from costco. I adore them. Love the idea to make them into fritters too. So yummy :)

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    1. Thanks Cass - edamame in bulk sounds great - so yummy to throw into so many dishes

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  9. LOVE the look of these fritters - def going to give them a try :-)
    I have a bag of frozen edamame in the freezer waiting to be used too!

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