Indian Spinach-and-Chickpea Fritters


1 cup chickpea flour (available at Middle Eastern, Indian or health-food stores), or all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher salt
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 cup canned chickpeas, drained, rinsed and roughly chopped
1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger
Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
Mango chutney, for serving


Whisk the chickpea flour, cornstarch, baking powder, cumin seeds, cayenne and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Add 2/3 cup water and whisk until smooth. Add the onion, chickpeas, spinach and ginger to the batter and mix to combine.

Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a deep heavy-bottomed pot until a deep-fry thermometer registers 325 degrees. Working in batches, drop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter into the oil (do not crowd the pan). Cook until lightly golden, about 2 minutes, turning as needed. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate. Cool slightly, then gently press each fritter into a small disk, about 1/3 inch thick.

Return the fritters to the hot oil and fry until crisp and golden brown, about 1 more minute. Season with salt and serve with chutney.

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