These Moroccan Chickpea Carrot Fritters come together in minutes and are bursting with great Moroccan flavor. Plus, they use simple pantry ingredients so are a handy staple to make any time. Serve as a side dish or as a vegetarian main with salad or vegetables.
These vegetarian Moroccan Carrot Fritters are not only quick and easy, but they're soooo delicious.
Trust me, you're going to love them.
These lightly-spiced fritters are filling without being heavy and a batch can be whipped up in minutes.
Plus, they use pantry ingredients so are a handy staple to make when you need to hit the shops.
Fritters have long been my go-to family-friendly weeknight dinner.
You just need to mix up all the ingredients and fry. Soo simple.
Fritters are endlessly adaptable to whatever you have on hand to use up - zucchini (courgette), peas, onion, sweetcorn...
This post was originally published in May 2015. It was updated and republished on 22 April 2020 with new content, recipe card and photos.
A few years ago I went to Morocco for my husband's birthday.
The sights and smells of the souks in Marrakesh were beyond what I had imagined.
As the snakes were charmed and monkeys danced on bewildered tourists' shoulders, it was the piles of fragrant spices that piqued my interest from the chaos and buzz of the colourful marketplace.
The food was amazing, the smells so wonderfully pungent.
Mixing in with the heady smell of spices was the vibrant tang of fresh orange juice being sold from trolleys piled wobblingly high with spent orange peel halves.
ras el hanout spice mix
To evoke the memories of that amazing holiday, I've spiced these chickpea fritters with ras-el-hanout.
It's the key spice blend from Morocco and instantly gives that North African vibe to any dish.
The spice is a popular mixture of around twenty different spices including cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, rose and dried peppers, and it is available at most major supermarkets.
However, you can also make your own ras el hanout!
The spice of these fritters isn't overpowering, but pairs nicely with the 'meaty' texture of the chickpeas and sweetness of the grated carrot.
Perfect with a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice and thoughts of an exquisitely-scented bustling souk.
Try the fritters topped with a dollop of sour cream, plain yogurt or creme fraiche.
Add a big dollop of Pea Puree for even more vegetables in this tasty dish!
Enjoy as a side dish to a bowl of Vegetable Tagine.
Add some couscous to your plate for a more filling meal and authentic Moroccan flair. I like to cook my couscous in hot vegetable stock instead of boiling water for more flavor.
Carrot fritters also make a great brunch or light dinner when topped with a sunny side up or poached egg.
If you don't have carrot, substitute grated/shredded zucchini, butternut squash or parsnips!
Be sure to get the pan hot before adding the carrot fritters so they get nice and crispy on the outside. Just not soo hot that they burn!
You'll know when to flip your fritters because they start to sizzle. Though you can always lift one and take a peek to make sure it's golden.
We also like to serve them as starters. I usually make them smaller for starters so you can each have a few without getting too full for the main meal!
If you don't have any ras el hanout spice mix, then substitute for garam masala, or equal parts cinnamon, paprika and ground coriander.
Make them gluten-free by using gluten free flour.
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Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Carrot Fritters
- ½ a can chickpeas garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- 3 carrots peeled and grated
- 2 scallions (spring onions) chopped
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ¼ cup (25g) plain (all-purpose) flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon ras el hanout spice mix
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil for frying
- Sour cream, yogurt or crème fraiche to serve
- Mash the chickpeas slightly, in a large bowl. Add the grated carrot, scallions/spring onions, eggs and milk and stir. Sift in the flour, baking powder, ras el hanout and salt. Stir to combine.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat until hot. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the oil, flatten slightly and fry for a few minutes until golden. Flip and cook the other side.
- Serve immediately topped with the sour cream, yogurt or crème fraiche.
- Be sure to get the pan hot before adding the carrot fritters so they get nice and crispy on the outside. Just not soo hot that they burn!
- You'll know when to flip your fritters because they start to sizzle. Though you can always lift one and take a peek to make sure it's golden.
- If you don't have any ras el hanout spice mix, then substitute for garam masala, or equal parts cinnamon, paprika and ground coriander.
- Make them gluten-free by using gluten free flour and baking powder.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.