Spiced swede fritters

Spiced swede fritters

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4 as a starter, makes 15
The mild flavour of swede is a great vehicle for vibrant spices, so this twist on Indian vegetable pakoras really works

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (4)

  • kcal242
  • fat14g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 1 swede (about 650g), peeled and diced into small chunks
    Two slices of swede



    A member of the cabbage family, the swede is often confused with the turnip, though they look…

  • 75g plain flour
  • 100ml crème fraîche
  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp garam masala
    Garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp crushed coriander seed
    Coriander seed

    Coriander seed

    kor-ee-and-er seed

    The small, creamy brown seeds of the coriander plant give dishes a warm, aromatic and slightly…

  • small handful coriander, chopped
  • sunflower oil, for frying
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • mango chutney, to serve


  1. Cook the swede in a pan of boiling water for 15 mins until tender, then drain well. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, crème fraîche and egg to make a smooth, thick batter. Stir in the chilli, onion, spices and coriander, then season generously. Very roughly mash the swede and stir into the mixture.

  2. Heat a splash of the oil in a large non-stick pan and cook small, flattened spoonfuls of the mixture for 2 mins on each side until crisp and browned. Serve hot with chutney.

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donna_wowee's picture
1st Apr, 2020
These turned out nicer than I was expecting! Due to COVID 19, I think we’ve all become even more aware of food wastage and creativity so I decided to do something with the sad looking turnip in my salad drawer. Picked this as had ingredients for a curry but didn’t think to check against my spice rack... ended up putting a couple of teaspoons of generic curry powder in instead of all the spices and they still tasted lovely! The mixture was a very wet one and I couldn’t get them to crisp but they were yummy. My husband was quietly sceptical and announced during dinner that he was really surprised as he actually liked them. One of my 7yr olds liked them the other was not as keen. Have frozen all j unused for future curries!
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Posy Harvey
10th Dec, 2019
Lovely recipe - not claggy; it bound together perfectly. Easy to make and delicious.
Frantic Flapjack
8th Jan, 2014
Good way to serve swede to people who aren't keen. Really good with the mango chutney
Marge 99
28th Mar, 2013
Use chickpea flour, it is used in Indian cookery for pakoras so would be more authentic, it is readily available in supermarkets called Gram flour or Besan flour among others.
28th Oct, 2012
im currently unable to eat wheat and gluten does anyone know what i could use instead of the flour thanks
19th May, 2012
Great way to use up a tired-looking swede and get everyone wanting more! Didn't use creme fraiche but made the batter with soya milk instead so it was dairy free.
14th Apr, 2012
Great for baby led weaning (easy on the chilli). Great versatile dish where you can vary the veg to suit what's in your fridge.
26th Mar, 2012
These were amazing! Very like bought veg pakora, but better as you can add spice to suit yourself. Next time I'm going to add a wee bit of other veg's too. Once all in mixed in my bowl I thought they weren't going to hold together, but once they started frying they were perfect.
9th Mar, 2012
Very tasty but ended up a bit messy which is probably my cooking skills (or lack of) and not the recipe. Husband thought they were a bit claggy. Had with pork chops.
leonam00's picture
20th Feb, 2012
These are absolutely fabulous, I love swede but this is the best way you will ever eat it. These will definitely become a favourite in our household.
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