I am going through a fried food and chocolate phase now. All I can think of is fritters and a yummilicious cup of chocolate. We were about to make the traditional jalapeno fritters ( mirchi bajji) and then I wanted to make something that fits into the event. So we googled about Basil fritters and realised they do exist!
We found a recipe here and so we adapted it to suit our palate.
10-12 basil leaves
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon corn starch
A pinch of pepper
Salt to taste
Oil for frying.
1.Wash , pat dry the basil leaves , drying them is very important
2. Mix the flour , salt and pepper with water, the consistency should not be too thick or runny , when you coat the leaf with this mixture , it should hold onto it.
3. Heat oil upto half inch in a pan on medium heat, these fritters burn fast , so it has to be medium heat. test by adding a dollop of the flour mixture and see if the bubbles are forming.
4. Once its hot , add the fritters only 2 at a time , the more you add , the more the possibility of having burnt fritters. Each will take just 2 minutes , as you have to turn fast.
5. Remove from heat , place on absorbent paper towels and serve with a chunky marinara sauce or your favourite dip. We noticed that even after frying , the basil taste was strong and overpowering .
Crisp fried Basil leaves are also a great option , we sometimes top our pasta made with a pesto with crisp fried basil leaves and it tastes yummy!
Last date for entries for both the events it 15th August, so dearies , get your aprons out , wear your thinking cap and send out your entries fast!