Crunchy outside, moist inside-carrot patty with coriander, red onion n chickpea flour
When you got 20 minutes in your hand n your memory tells you that you've carrots in the freeze, make this patty! And you will see what was missing in your life!
And really all you need are carrots, bunch of coriander leaves, eggs, chickpea flour/Besan/gram-flour, garlic, whole cumin seeds or Shahi cumin n that’s it! Off course salt n basic flavor spices like chili powder or cumin powder, but if you don’t have it, they will still be amazing! Trust me.
I first made them 6 months ago when one day I had many carrots looking at me for no apparent reason and I was either in a cooking spree or severely hungry, I can’t remember, so I grated them, add chopped coriander leaves n stalk, chopped garlic finely, some chopped onion, added an egg to add richness, flavor, moisture and some gram flour, when I formed the patties and fried them in the pan they smelled so different n good. When I took them off after making them crisp on both sides and finally bite into one I knew that something good n new has come up in the world. So yummy and satisfying they were. And that’s how they were born! In a hurry, in need, in hunger n for the love or carrots.
When I cook like this I usually think of this line ‘Life in Simplicity’-the simplest of flavors coming together in harmony with each other and its more than cooking, it’s about life the simplest of things or simple persons coming together with their own qualities, adding bit by bit in balance to create something amazing, it does sound like the qualities of a good team. One of the most important things is the sense of balance in cooking, in life, in everything.
Oh! These carrot patties are so good with yogurt deep, in here I have added ‘Chaat Masala’ to heighten the flavor of the yogurt, chaat masala is an Indian masala mixture, it tastes tangy, salty plus the flavors from all the spices in it, there are about almost 10 spices in it altogether, you can find them in Indian food item stores or Pakistani. If you are completely new to chaat masala think of it as flavored salt. So when I dipped the crunchy patties in the yogurt and had my bite, it was a burst of beautiful flavors in harmony.
You can pair them with any sauce or dip you like: tomato ketchup, honey mustard sauce, coriander chutney and mayo or without any of them, they taste superb on their own. You can eat them as a snack, appetizer, eat them with rice or with a salad.
Since the time when I made them first, I have never stopped making them; this has become something to look forward to whenever I have bunch of carrots in the house. I love the combination of coriander leaves and the garlic with the grated carrot; you can use parsley, a bit of mint, basil and see how it comes out. Now I have used ‘Shahi Jeera’ in the recipe which literally means ‘Royal Cumin’. This version of cumin is similar in flavor with cumin, slightly less strong than normal cumin seeds and by appearance the seeds look thinner n long. If you only have cumin seeds in your home, then use half of the amount of shahi cumin mentioned in the recipe.
If you don’t have gram flour/besan, you can substitute it with rice flour, plain flour, corn-flour or whole-wheat flour. Each will produce a slight difference in taste and texture.
Time has come to tell you the amazing recipe. Do make them and you will realize what I am talking about in here.
Oh! Now the time has come to bite into them, I know you couldn't have waited this far, you already had your bite as soon as they came out of the pan. Yummm…Aren't they? Bon Appetit.