Carrot and Coriander Fritters

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Carrot and coriander is a classic culinary combination, but beyond the realm of soup it is, inexplicably, infrequently visited. The sweetness of a crisp, crunchy carrot, alongside that of ground coriander works almost too well, particularly when a handful of fresh coriander sees fit to join the proceedings. However, these are flavours that can be easily misplaced in the combative milieu of a complex dish; ground coriander simply doesn’t possess the pungency of ground cumin. For this reason, fritters seemed to be the best vehicle for the carrot and coriander flavour, given its delicacy. Besides, since my Virtual Vegan Potluck (VVP) post, for which I was awarded the prize for best soup, rather a lot of you have been clamouring for more frugal vegan recipes.

If ever you’re searching for a natural ingredient with which to bind vegetable based fritters, bhajis or koftas, you need look no further than gram flour. It is made from dried, ground chickpeas and forms a truly delicious wheat and gluten free binding agent. As a result, gram flour suits my style of cooking rather well because it is a very simple, natural and wholesome solution to what can sometimes prove a tricky problem.

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The thing that really impressed me about these fritters was just how straightforward they were to make; from start to finish they took perhaps 30 minutes to make and that’s including the preparation Jamie Oliver excludes from his ’30 minute meals’… perhaps I ought to launch my own version. Of course, it’s best for a small fish like me not to be too rude to a big ol’ bass like Mr. Oliver, after all he does cook some cracking food. Let’s just say that it’s best not to get me onto the subject of his ’15 minute meals’, my head (and watch) just might explode.

Carrot and Coriander Fritters

Makes 5-6


• 4 medium carrots, peeled and grated

• ½ red onion, diced

• 3-4 tbsp gram flour

• 2 tsp coriander seed, freshly ground

• A handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped

• 1 tsp chilli flakes

• 3-4 tbsp sunflower oil, plus extra for frying

• A generous pinch of salt

• A twist of black pepper


1. Mix together all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl – use your culinary intuition to decide what ration of flour and oil to use. The ingredients should stick together very well, but one should use as little flour as possible.

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2. Heat a little oil in a pan over a medium flame. Form the carrot and flour mixture into five or six fritters and cook slowly, two at a time. Each batch should take 6-8 minutes to cook; they should be golden brown and cooked through. Serve with yoghurt, alone or with pita bread.

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Cost: Vegan food is almost always cost effective – it is simply a fact of life that vegetables cost vastly less than meat. As such, these fritters will set one back a rather frugal 60p! Not bad for a filling, healthy meal, ideal as part of a balanced diet.

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139 comments on “Carrot and Coriander Fritters

  1. suburbanstead
    November 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    This looks delicious. I love the carrot and coriander combination. I have TOO MANY carrots right now… maybe I’ll make this for lunch.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks! Perhaps you should – one should never been inundated with carrots.

  2. spree
    November 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    a very nice-looking recipe Nick! And congratulations on taking the soup prize!

  3. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    November 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    These look delicious. And I’ve also noted Mr Oliver isn’t really doing ’30-min’ meals … Frugal aside, Nigel Slater’s 30-min meals are the real thing.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      The only problem with Nigel is that I find him intensely irritating (sorry, Nigel)

      • thesinglegourmetandtraveller
        November 17, 2012 at 5:21 pm

        I know what you mean. More so as he’s got older. But I do like the way he puts together a lovely, slightly different meals from just a few things and none of it is about following a recipe but just going with the flow of what’s around.

        • frugalfeeding
          November 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm

          Yeh, his food is often lovely… but I can’t stand to watch him. He’s probably a nice chap in person.

  4. larissaconley
    November 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Oooo…thanks! I’ve been holding on to a recipe for Thai carrot veggie burgers for months, trying to muster up the motivation to tackle the long list of ingredients and steps. This fritter seems to have the same flavour with much less work. 15 minute (+ 15 minute) meals – I love it!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      :D. This really isn’t much work at all – very simple indeed.

  5. ohlidia
    November 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Oh yum! Must try these.

  6. narf77
    November 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I figure I should get a prize for voting for both you, and Somer ;). I think the prize is these fritters! I love the combination of coriander and carrot and as a long term vego (vegetarian for 22 years and vegan for 15 of those) I never once thought to combine the flavours in anything other than soup. I think you would give Jamie a run for his money…I know that every single recipe you have posted since I started following this blog has been scrumptious, frugal and packed to bursting with flavour. I, personally, would buy “The Frugal Feeding” cookbook and I dare say so would all of your other loyal (gluttonous 😉 ) followers. Try it… might lead to a new career path…if good old pugly Gordon Ramsey can abuse his way to the top…why not a frugal maestro from Bristol?

    • frugalfeeding
      November 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Wait… that’s not how it works… Thanks :D. Perhaps I’ll shoot some e-mails off to publishers. I would love to do it… Jamie has no chance 😉

  7. baconbiscuit212
    November 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Yummy! Great photos, Nick! Looks like that new camera and reflector are doing right by your food 🙂

  8. nocturnefirefay- Miss L.F xoxo
    November 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    That looks delicious!

  9. Conor Bofin
    November 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Very nice Nick. Beautiful colours.

  10. Chocolate Chilli Mango®
    November 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Yum, these look delish, Nick!
    My family hates coriander, which is tragedy for me .. but this is something I can make for myself and would be great to pack into a work lunchbox,

    Crisis over! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe … and your photos are beautiful. They showcase these fritters so well. Well done!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks :). That really is a shame… coriander is the best.

  11. An Unrefined Vegan
    November 16, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I love that you are being badgered to produce more plant-based recipes – and that you are meeting the challenge!

  12. Healthy Way of Life
    November 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Reblogged this on Smiley's Healthy Way of Life and commented:
    This look so yummy

  13. musingmar
    November 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Absolutely, stunningly gorgeous! These will be on my table soon. One quick question – did you grind the coriander seed? Thanks, Mar

    • frugalfeeding
      November 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks so much – thanks for pointing that out, I did and the recipe has been updated.

      • musingmar
        November 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm

        You’re welcome – I find that sometimes, no matter how much proofreading I do, I still read what is supposed to be there instead of what I actually wrote. So hopefully, my readers will let me know what that happens!

        • frugalfeeding
          November 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm

          Haha – indeed. Once I get to the recipe I turn off a little.

  14. Jen R
    November 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    What a great combo and it will use up my corriander in the garden which is rapidly going to seed!! Thanks 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      November 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks! Oh yes, use it up! I can’t get enough of coriander 🙂

  15. Allison
    November 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    These look delicious! And I usually have trouble getting excited about carrots, but fresh coriander on the other hand…

    Also I would totally watch a 30-minute-meal showdown between you and Jamie Oliver (where both contestants literally only have 30 minutes). I think you could win 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      November 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks, Allison! Carrots are great if you know what to do with them. Haha – that would be fun!

  16. fromtheloftabove
    November 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    looks so delicious! i love fritters of any kind, but especially savoury ones!

  17. preppyandfunny
    November 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Hmmm.. this looks so good and nice to do! I think I’ll try it out this week end!
    Thanks for sharing!

  18. Mz Zoomer
    November 17, 2012 at 12:05 am

    These look so yummy. I can’t wait to try them out.Thanks.

  19. Laurie
    November 17, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I really like corn fritters, but I have never thought to make carrot fritters. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Karen
    November 17, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Frugal, Not only do your fritters sound delicious…they are beautiful.

  21. hiphotog
    November 17, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Yummmmm….I’m trying this. They look gorgeous!

  22. uberdish
    November 17, 2012 at 2:47 am

    The fritters look sooooo delicious! I love coriander!! I have bookmarked this recipe to try soon – maybe this weekend. I’m not familiar with the term gram flour, but it sounds like what we might call chickpea flour and I have that in my fridge!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks! I think you’ll love it :). Chickpea flour or besan flour are the same thing.

  23. 4plates2table
    November 17, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Beautiful photos! Looks delicious.

  24. greenandginger
    November 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Wow, these look delicious! Totally agree with you on Jamie’s 30 minute meals…

  25. canalcook
    November 17, 2012 at 11:34 am

    These look great. Would never think of making fritters with carrot, always use courgette but definitely will give it a go now.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks! They work beautifully, better than courgette I think.

  26. petit4chocolatier
    November 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Nick, your carrot and coriander fritters not only look comfy and delicious; but exquisite too! The addition of chili flakes must give it a flavor edge. Yes, maybe you should launch your own version of an at ease recipe : )

    • frugalfeeding
      November 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks so much 😀 – I’d love to do that if someone paid me 😀

  27. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    November 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Beautiful and I’ll bet they’re delicious! I actually like JO’s 15 minute meals better than his 30 minute ones – the latter just made me anxious! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      November 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Haha – I find them perplexing. One of his recipes calls for pre-cooked brown rice… it’s silly.

  28. dottylizzy
    November 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Mmm … yum! Brilliant! I sometimes make bhajis using gram flour and these fritters sound yumtacular! And I’d agree with you – fresh corriander gives a much stronger taste than ground corrinader. Although it has it’s place in curry mixes, even corriander seeds carry more flavour. Going to try these

    • frugalfeeding
      November 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Yes, I intend to post a bhaji recipe soon. You’ll love them 🙂

  29. Hollie's Hobbies
    November 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Yum, They look amazing! pinning these for sure.

  30. Keep Calm and Eat On
    November 18, 2012 at 1:54 am

    A seriously good recipe! A lot like the Indian ‘besan chillah’ which of course has a bit more spices and stuff. I love fritters and I’ll remember your combinations next time.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks! I’ll have to look that up. Please do!

  31. saucygander
    November 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Great recipe! I love the carrot and cumin combo, but have not made fritters with gram flour before (they are also sold as besan in Indian grocers?). Gram flour will add a lovely nutty aroma.

    Thanks for ‘liking’ my blog. I’m just starting out and it’s nice to have visitors!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Yes, besan is the same thing. Thanks so much! I’m sure you’re blog will gain more and more as you go along.

  32. Healthnut Nutrition
    November 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Love the colours from the bowl before mixing it all together:) they look yummy!

  33. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    November 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    What gorgeous fritters! A perfect combo of flavors and a fantastic way to enjoy carrots. I love your plating. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      November 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks so much – they really were delicious.

    November 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Your photos look alive! And the fritters sound delicious. I will have to try a version of them using gluten-free flour.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks 🙂 – gram flour IS gluten free…

        November 19, 2012 at 1:54 am

        Oh my goodness. I appreciate you waking me up. In my silly little head I was reading “grahm flour ” in your ingredients, not “gram flour.” I’m going to have to get used to others actually using GF ingredients as well. And fun for me, I wont have to tweak your recipe at all. Happy Day.

  35. dosomethingnewchallenge
    November 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Hey, thanks so much for stopping by my site. Recipes on here look wonderful! Have you come across The Little Pink Kitchen blog – it’s my favourite food blog. Keep up the great work

  36. Shari
    November 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    These look amazing! They remind me of some of the fritters we were served on the trains in India. YUM!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks! So much – that’s very interesting 🙂

  37. myplateme
    November 19, 2012 at 6:06 am

    this is just awesomeee!! loved it

    • frugalfeeding
      November 26, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Thanks! It was yummy 🙂

      • myplateme
        January 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm

        I Bet! I tried it myself and OhhHHH boy! loved it 🙂 keep posting!

  38. chef mimi
    November 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Fabulous! I love savory pancakes as well!

  39. Julie
    November 19, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    With a semantic twist, you’ve got a Hanukkah dish on your hands: carrot latkes. I suspect I’d like these better than potato!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Indeed! Perhaps so – I do love potato though!

  40. koshercorvid
    November 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Oh, yes, please! Do you think it would work to substitute a bit of beet for some of the carrot?

  41. Chez Foti
    November 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    These look so pretty, and utterly delish. What an inspired idea, beats boring soup!

  42. michelle gd
    November 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    can’t wait to try these!!!!

  43. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    November 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    The trick about cooking and baking vegan is always finding the right substitutions. I know I love almond flour for baking, but that wouldn’t do it for a lot of recipes. I’ve read about chickpea flour elsewhere and think it’s time to pick some up. Not that I’m vegan, but I am trying to eat less wheat. These would be a great first recipe to try, they turned out so colorful and crispy looking! Excellent!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Exactly – I adore almond flour! Definitely get some of that, Barb’.

  44. pj
    November 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Look forward to trying these…..wonderful combination! I do a lot of Ayurvedic cooking where coriander is used, but it is rare to see many recipes in westerner cuisine using it as a primary spice, except, as you mentioned, in soups, although cilantro (fresh coriander) is quite popular. I have a beet patty recipe I’ll be posting on my blog soon that is along the same concept as these. Enjoy you blog very much!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Awesome – thanks! I look forward to the beet patty – though I hate beets 😀

  45. fleurdeselsf
    November 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    These look amazing – the colors are so vibrant, you just know you are doing something healthful for your body! Congratulations on your soup prize!