This is an absolutely scrumptious dish. We usually ate it the day after having the koossa mehche (stuffed zucchini in meat) as it is made with the flesh gathered after coring the zucchini for koossa. It is eaten at room temperature stuffed in pita for a quick lunch or as an appetizer before dinner as part of a mezze. The zucchini flesh imparts a delicate flavor that will be liked by everyone and it is a unique way to eat the vegetable, as well as a complete meal when served with a salad.
Zucchini flesh cored previously for koossa, about 8oz. OR use 2 large zucchini, cut up
6 Large eggs
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon of toom (see post) or 3 garlic cloves mashed with a bit of salt
1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
3 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 cup minced parsley or cilantro
2 cups of vegetable or olive oil
2 steps are required and they can be done at different times:
1. Saute chopped onion in a bit of olive oil till onion is translucent. Add the zucchini pulp (or chunks) and about 1/4 cup of water. Cook on medium heat till all the water has evaporated. Add the mashed garlic. Stir to mix it all well. Set it aside. The mixture should be moist but not wet.
2. Mix the eggs, flour, baking powder, and all the spices ending with the minced parsley or cilantro in a bowl with a hand whisk. Add the zucchini pulp mixture and mix again well. Heat some oil on the stove (about one cup at a time, to be drained and replaced by a fresh cup of oil if the oil becomes brown). Drop 2 large tablespoons of batter and cook for 2 minutes on each side.Continue until all the batter is used up, stacking the fritters on a plate lined with several paper towels to absorb the extra oil.
Serve at room temperature, with bread on the side and (or) a salad to make up a light meal. Quantity will feed 4 people
You can also make this dish with the zucchini (whole), by cutting it in slices and cooking them in water with the onion. When cooked, mash the zucchini and add to the egg mixture after a few while when it is sufficiently cool. You can also add a bit of chopped green pepper or a chile to the mixture.