Fritter is a deep fried snack which is battered. They can either be sweet with fruit or nut fillings or savoury with cheese, meat, fish or vegetable filling. Plain fritters can also be made. They are crispy on the top. The color ranges from golden to brown. The word is derived from the Latin word 'frigere' which means to fry. It is a dessert or a snack.



Types of Fritters


·         Corn fritter

·         Apple fritter

·         Oyster fritter

·         Aubergine fritter

·         Plain fritter



Ingredients and Preparation


Any vegetable, meat, fish or fruit can be used as the filling. The fritter batter is made of refined flour, water, salt and sugar.

 Fruits and vegetables are sliced, dipped into the batter and fried in hot oil. Sliced meats and small fillets of fish can be used as well. Chopped vegetables can be added to the batter itself and fried.

Plain fritters were made by frying chou dough or doughnut dough.





Fritters can be served with any condiment as per the filling. Eg. Fruit fritters can be served with a sweet compote or preserve. Savoury fritters can be served with ketchup, sauces or a dip.

In India, fritters are enjoyed during the rains along with tea.



Popular Variations


·         Japanese snack tempura is similar to fritters. They generally use shrimps and other fishes.

·         In India, pakoras are made with gram flour batter. Banana, potato, onion, cauliflower, spinach, aubergines and cottage cheese are used. Mixed pulse and lentil flour can also be used to make plain pakoras.

·         In U.S., beignets are made by deep frying dough. It is similar to doughnuts.

·         In Italy, fritto misto is made by frying small pieces of meats, vegetables, fruits and seafoods in olive oil.




Health and Nutrition Facts


Serving size – 4 pieces

Fat – 200 cal, Fat – 10 g, Sodium – 220 mg, Protein – 1 g, Carbohydrates – 20 g

Fritter is a high calorie snack. It is also high in saturated fats. It is high in sodium, which causes a rise in blood pressure. It should be avoided by people suffering from cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure problems.

Healthier snacking should be adopted instead of fritters.





2nd December is celebrated as the National fritter day in U.S



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