Chickpea and Chorizo Fritters

Ainsley Harriott's fritters are always a winner and are the perfect snack to make when your mates pop over for the footie - gram (chickpea) flour is available from most supermarkets
By Ainsley Harriott
Chickpea and Chorizo Fritters
  • Rating:
  • Serves: 4-6
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 600 ml milk
  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 150 g gram flour, sifted
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chorizo sausage, finely diced (about 100g in total)
  • 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • sunflower oil, for deep-frying
  • 50 g polenta, or semolina, approximately
  • black pepper
  • soured cream and chive dip, to serve

Method

1. Heat a small frying-pan over a medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and toss and toast for 1 minute until aromatic. Place in a non-stick pan with the milk, butter, chilli and garlic, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and slowly add the gram flour, stirring to combine. Cook gently for 5-6 minutes until thickened, beating occasionally with a wooden spatula.

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a non-stick frying-pan, tip in the chorizo and fry for a few minutes until sizzling and lightly golden. Pour into the gram flour mixture along with the parsley and mix until well combined. Season to taste.

3. Line a 1.2 litre small roasting tin or ovenproof dish with non-stick baking paper and pour in the fritter mixture, using a plastic spatula. Level the top with the back of a spoon, cover with clingfilm and chill in the freezer for about 20 minutes or until cooled and set (or overnight in the fridge is best, if time allows).

4. Meanwhile, preheat a deep-fat fryer or fill a flat-bottomed wok one-third full with sunflower oil and heat to 190C. If you don't have a thermometer, the oil should be hot enough so that when a cube of bread is added to the pan, it browns in about 40 seconds. Turn the fritter mixture on to a work surface and peel away the paper. Cut into 7.5cm squares, then cut in half again, into triangles. Roll in the polenta or semolina to coat. Deep-fry the fritters in batches for 2-3 minutes until golden. Drain on kitchen paper and serve warm with the soured cream and chive dip.

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