Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple

Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre (ISKCON Toronto), has always been the hub of a rich, vibrant and enthusiastic community. Whether it be grand festivals, programs at local universities and yoga studios, philosophical discussions, cooking sessions, or singing and dancing on the streets, there are events taking place for everyone's interest.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cooking for Krishna - Indonesian Corn Fritters

9:00:00 AM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav)

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is starting a new online cooking series called "Cooking for Krishna" wherein delectable dishes from famous Hare Krishna cookbooks will be lovingly prepared and shown in a step-by-step fashion.  This series is presented by one of our very nice devotees of our Toronto Hare Krishna community, Lyudmila Mataji.  We hope you enjoy!  Please leave your comments below!

Cooking for Krishna - Indonesian Crispy Corn Fritters (Perkedel Jagung)
Prepared By: Lyudmila Tamahina
Preparation and Cooking Time: 40 - 50 minutes
Yield: about 25 fritters

Today's recipe is from the famous Hare Krishna Cookbook, "Cooking with Kurma" by Kurma Dasa.  You can pick up your copy of this amazing book at the temple!

Step One - Ingredients:
  • 2 ½ cups ram corn kernels fresh from the bob about 3 or 4 large cobs
  • 3 large bot green chilies, seeked and chopped
  • ½ cup (125 ml) plain flour
  • ½ cup (125) rice flour
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) salt
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (2 ml) cayenne pepper or chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) yellow asafetida powder
  • Oil for frying
  • 6 candlenuts or large macadamia nuts
  • Up to ¾ (185 ml) cold water
  • Packed ½ cup (125 ml) chopped celery leaves and stalk

Step Two:
Chop or crush the corn kernels to form a mixture of whole and semi-crushed pieces.

Step Three:
Combine the flour, rice flour, baking powder, salt, coriander powder, sugar, cayenne and yellow asafetida powder in a large bowl.

Step Four:
  • Add three-quarters of the water to the bowl of flour and spices, and whisk it to form a very thick batter.
  • Fold in the corn, the nut powder, the celery and the chilies. Adjust the consistency with extra water if required, to form a thick but "spoonable" batter.

Step Five:
  • Place oil in 22.5 cm (9-inch) frying pan to a depth of 1.25 cm (½- inch) over moderate heat. When the oil is fairly hot, carefully spoon in 6-8 heaped tablespoons of butter, flattening them into circular fritters.
  • Fry for 3-4 minutes or until the undersides of the fritters are golden brown.  Turn the fritters over with kitchen tongs and fry them until the other side is also golden.
  • Remove and place on absorbent paper towels to dry.

Step Six:
Serve Krishna first!

Step Seven:
Serve Hot!