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Zucchini, Dill and Mint Fritters

Kolokithókeftedes may aníthos kai diósmo

Vegetable fritters are very popular in Greece (and other countries like Morocco) because they are inexpensive in season and may also be battered and deep-fried. However, I find this method is more subtle and allows the full flavour of the zucchini and herbs to come out.

Makes approximately 15

Preparation time 10 minutes + 30 minutes standing time

Cooking time 15 – 20 minutes

500g (about 4 medium) zucchini (courgette)

3 teaspoons salt

1 small red onion, very finely chopped

Half bunch dill, finely chopped

Half bunch of mint, finely chopped

1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped

½ cup (50g) plain flour

½ cup (40g) grated kefalotyri cheese (or pecorino)

1 egg, lightly beaten

Ground pepper

About 1 cup (250ml) extra virgin olive oil, for shallow frying

Lemon wedges, to serve

Coarsely grate zucchini, combine with salt, place in a colander and stand for 30 minutes. Drain zucchini, place in a clean tea towel or on kitchen paper and squeeze to remove excess water.

Combine the zucchini, onion, herbs, flour, cheese and egg, mix well. 

Heat the oil in a large, frying pan over a medium heat. Form heaped tablespoons of mixture into small patties and fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden and cooked through. Drain fritters on kitchen paper. Serve immediately, with lemon wedges on the side.

Lyndey’s note: Kefalotyri cheese is a hard sheep’s milk cheese, with a sharp aroma and rich salty taste, much like the Italian style pecorino cheese. It’s a versatile cheese, good for grating, baking or just nibbling.

Recipe from Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece (Hardie Grant RRP $39.95)and DVD of TV series (

Lyndey Milan OAM aims to inspire, nourish and connect people. A familiar face on television and in print, she has been instrumental in changing the way Australians think about food and wine for four decades via her own nine best-selling cookbooks, nine international TV series and influence as former Food Director of the iconic Australian Women’s Weekly.  She is an award-winning multi-media presenter, MC, speaker, food & wine teacher, consultant, debater, judge and regional Australian specialist who makes numerous TV & culinary appearances.

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