Am going through a Yotam Ottolenghi phase . I recently began reading his cookbook ' Plenty ' . I was struck by the simplicity and beauty of his recipes the few that I have read so far - this is one book I am enjoying page by page and not flipping the pages to see what it offers next.
Here are Leek Fritters inspired lets say by his recipe as I diverted from the original.
Do try this recipe . Adjust what needs to be , as I did . The fritters are lighter than air !
4 Leek 400 Grams Chopped ( Discard 50 % of the green portion ).
1 Large Onion ( chopped ).
1/2 Teaspoon Minced Galanga ( not in the recipe , but I had it handy and added it and it added that ' zing ' )
1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic ( not in the recipe ).
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper ( always freshly ground ).
1 Teaspoon Minced Rosemary ( not in the recipe - had it handy so in it went !).
2 Green Chilies minced.
1 Soup Spoon Olive Oil.
1 Tablespoon Butter.
In hot oil and butter crackle the pepper then add the onions , saute a minute or so , add the leek , green chilies ,salt and minced rosemary . Cook covered over low heat till soft and done - 10-15 minutes . Cool
Next add to the cooled leek:
1/2 teaspoon cumin / jeera powder .
1 Tablespoon Fresh Green Coriander.( not in the recipe , he uses powder ).
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon powder.
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar.
Take one egg white , whip till you get soft peaks and lightly fold into the cooled leek mixture - this is what makes them light as air , so go gentle here !
Take the remaining egg yoke .Whisk with egg yoke with 100 Ml milk and 2 tablespoons flour . Add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder , some seasoning .
Gently fold the batter into the leek mixture.
Lightly coat a nonstick pan with oil , spoon 1& 1/2 heaped tablespoons onto the pan , make 3-4 such heaped patties . Cook covered 3-4 minutes . flip - you will be amazed , when you flip them , they are like filled with air !
Brown both sides ...Thank you Mr Yotam Ottolenghi , or rather his grand mother who used to make them for him !