Saving Thai Croquettes

One of my favourite bloggers, Susan of Fat Free Vegan Kitchen, invited fellow bloggers to help her save a recipe. November being Vegan month at Tasty Palettes, I couldn’t ask for a better reason to participate. The croquettes being Thai flavoured were also part of the reason for my interest.

When I say Thai, these flavours come to my mind – vegetables, spices and coconut. I improvised the recipe to include all these aspects. Sweet corn tastes great in most of the savoury cake recipes I have come across. So that was to be one of my special ingredients.

After mixing the ingredients, I realised the need for starch. And I quickly microwaved a sweet potato. And the batter was fairly sweet, hence I omitted any sweetener altogether. I was almost done and still had not added coconut milk yet, and the mixture was already moist. Debating over whether to add fresh or desiccated coconut flakes, I decided to go with the drier kind, as there was enough moisture in the batter.

Even though Susan bakes her croquettes, I pan fried them with a quick spray of olive oil. Well, I was not only running late for dinner but hungry too. The croquettes were quite forgiving. They were easy to flip without any additional oil. Now you don’t have to worry about those additional calories.

And it was perfect. The corn (I used fresh) was plump and sweet, and the lightly toasty coconut flakes added a mild, but pleasant aroma in the background. Though tomatoes were added as a garnish for their colour, I should say, they are a must, for the burst of freshness they provided complimented the croquettes. Next time, I wouldn’t even mind pulsing the corn, I would add them whole.

Thai Croquettes

Ingredients

Green beans – 1½ cup, chopped
Corn – 1½ cup, fresh or frozen
Sweet potato – 1, medium sized
Red curry paste – 1½ tbsp
Basil leaves – a handful, chopped
Lemon zest – 1 tbsp
Soy sauce – 3 tbsp
Ground flax seed – 1 tbsp
Desiccated coconut – 2 tbsp
Corn flour – 4 tbsp
Salt
Pepper

Method

Blanch green beans or cook them in the microwave for about 6 minutes, until they are half done, but still crunchy. Let the beans cool down a bit and pulse ‘em in a food processor along with corn, 2 or 3 times. Take care the vegetables don’t get mushy. Transfer to a big bowl.

Wash the sweet potato. Pierce them several times with a fork. Microwave for 4 minutes. Turn the sweet potato over and cook for 4 more minutes. Slit the skin and scoop the flesh out in to the bowl with green beans and corn. Add rest of the ingredients into the bowl. Mix well and form patties.

Spray oil over a flat pan and put it on a medium heat. Neatly arrange the patties and cook for about 3 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for another 2 minutes. Garnish with thinly cut scallions and chopped tomatoes. Serve with a dipping sauce.

Thai Croquettes

Susan, I hope I saved your recipe rightly. This is my entry for Can This Recipe Be Saved?

Last, but definitely not least, my Soba noodles entry, for this month’s DMBLGiT, hosted by Jennifer of Bake or Break has been awarded for its originality.

Soba Noodles

Gallery here and winners announced here. My sincere Thanks to all the judges and Congrats to other winners.

40 comments:

Meeta said...

Congratulations good lookin ;-)! Love the Croquettes. The recipe is right up my alley!

Madhu said...

Beautiful looking croquettes. congrats on the award. You are very creative Suganya, can't wait to see your entry for 'click'.

Padmaja said...

hey thos croquettes look absolutely amazing!! I love your photography and its no wonder you won an award for originality!!!
great!!!

Nags said...

looks lovely and colourful.

when i saw that pic, i thot u sent it to this month's click event. looking forward to seeing your entry :)

Rajitha said...

congrats on the award girl...and the croquettes are looks yum! love the color...

Nupur said...

Corn and sweet potato...mmm...what a delicious version this is!
And congratulations on the photo! It is gorgeous, and totally a well-deserved win.

Raaga said...

yummy :)

Asha said...

Congratulations!! You deserve every photo award you get!:))
Saved Croquettes look delicious!! Great entry. Happy Monday!

sunita said...

Very pretty croquettes and congrats on the award.

SusanV said...

Suganya, that looks absolutely divine! I love coconut in anything, and it should be delicious here. Thanks so much for entering.

Also, your DMBLGIT photo is outstanding!

Sia said...

oh my oh my!!!! do they look sexy!!!! congrats sug... that pic is awesome:)

Susan said...

Well done on the award, Suganya. When I first saw it in the gallery, I knew it would be tough to beat.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Congrats on winning the click contest!:) Saw your name in the top ten in every catagory!:)

Your preparation looks perfect! I have fallen for the pictures itself!:)

Siri said...

Wow Suganya, as said, delightful version of Susan's Thai Croquettes.. using 'Corn' was very creative..:)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

lovely looking pics as usual!!! your patties look delicious and nutritious too!!

TBC said...

Congrats once again, Suganya. I just wanted to let u know that my name is NOT Kamini. I think perhaps you are confusing me with the other "tbc"- Kamini of The Bubbling Cauldron.

bee said...

congrats. that's a gorgeous pic. well deserved.

musical said...

Congratulations for the award! and the croquettes look really very good!

Sig said...

Congrats on another DMBGLIT win Sugnya! That picture is amazing, very well deserved...

Kristen said...

What lovely photos of a tasty looking dish!

Suganya said...

Thank you for your kind words. It was a surprise to see my name there :).

SusanV, I hope you like my entry :).

TBC, I am very sorry for that. At 1 in the night, my mind had shut down. Though this is not a good excuse, I apologise. I will keep this in mind in future.

Mandy said...

congrats on the award, Suganya! Your description of the croquettes makes me salivating! Love your pictures.

sagari said...

thai food is my favvvvv

Namratha said...

Lovely corquettes...congrats on the win :)

nicisme said...

Many congratulations Suganya! I adore this photo of the noodles. You take really interesting photos - the one of the eggs in the whisk was brilliant too! Well done!

Alpa said...

Your pics are just gorgeous! I have been visiting your blog for awhile now and you've always got wonderful posts and pictures up. Thanks for visiting my blog :)

KayKat said...

Wowww!!! That pic is awesome!

And the croquettes too - I think you saved them pretty well :)

Linda said...

Just lovely, Suganya! Beautiful croquettes and the soba noodles too. Congratulations! :)

Cynthia said...

Congratulations! I am a big fan of your work!

Rachna said...

oh the croquettes looks mounthwatering...anything made of corn turns out yummy for me :)

Nabeela said...

Congratulations! That was a great picture indeed!

Sandeepa said...

Congrats Suganya...that Pic was indeed great, but then almost all your pics are beautiful

Looking forward to a new noodle design that you will have surely for click

Mansi Desai said...

The Croquettes are really pretty Suganya! And I'm a huge fan of your photography girl:) I seriously need to get some pointers from you:D


Congrats on the win!

-Mansi

Lucy said...

A beautiful meal. I'll be sure to use tomatoes for more than mere garnish!

Congratulations are most definitely in order - a stunning image. Well done.

Vani said...

Suganya, beautiful pictures. Not surprising at all you won in the contest. Keep the good pictures coming...

Vani

VegeYum @ A Life (Time) of Cooking said...

Love the pics of the croquettes - so colourful. The noodle one is very very original - no wonder you won a prize. Congratulations. You deserve it.

Bharathy said...

What happened to my comment I posted here today morn???

K..

Congraaats again for the DMBLGiT award for originality !!..

Love those colourful yummy croquets!!

Warning-Better shift to a three column template to accommodate all your award/credit buttons :D..

Waitin impatiently to see your entry for Click!!

Kribha said...

Congrats dear. You deserve it. Awaiting your entry for the click event.croquettes look like unfried cutlets.Delicious.

amy t. said...

i'm dying to try this recipe - but quick question - can i use corn meal instead of corn flour?? i'm having a hard time finding the corn flour... great site!

Suganya said...

Amy, Thanks for your visit. The cornflour is used as a binding agent here. Cornmeal may not work well. If you are not a vegan, you can substitute it with eggs. Or use all purpose flour or rice flour. I hope this helps.

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