Although I try to keep it a secret, I LOVE fried food. Going gluten free has helped to squelch this addiction, because a lot of fried food has wheat flour or other forms of gluten in it. That’s why I like dishes like this. They become juuust close enough to being fried that I can’t get enough of them, but they are also pretty guilt free. Butternut squash is pretty good for you and as you can see from the recipe list, there aren’t too many other ingredients! The spices add a nice twist with the sweet-ish squash; the end flavor is a perfect mix of sweet and savory!
Spicy Butternut Squash ‘Meat’balls
2 cups cooked butternut squash
2 tbsp cooking oil (your preference)
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup millet flour
Mash together the cooked butternut squash in a medium mixing bowl until it’s smooth. In a separate small mixing bowl, whip up the eggs for about a minute, then add into the mashed butternut squash. Add the lemon juice, coriander and turmeric powder, cumin seeds, and sea salt. The millet flour should be added slowly to achieve the texture you want. I added it one tablespoon at a time and ended up using approximately 1/4 cup total. At this amount, the flavor wasn’t overpowering – you could barely taste it. Also, I think it you add too much more than that, the texture would be too dry.
Add the oil to the pan and drop the batter in. I used a tablespoon measure to scoop out the batter (they were heaping though, so more in quantity than a tablespoon). Any size would do though. I think next time I will spread them out a little thinner and wider to make ‘burgers’!
Hope you enjoy :)