Thursday, 19 August 2010

Vegetarian Crab Cake

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Hi friends!
I am happy to tell you all, that I finally managed to make this dish which I had book marked in October’08 from Mansi’s space. I was attracted to this preparation by it’s name and when I read it, I was determined to try it and then I just postponed it and postponed it till today.  When I finally made it, I said to myself, YES, I DID IT!!!!
But as you all know I can not follow a recipe completely, so understanding from her space that zucchini is a good substitute to crab meat, gives a texture similar to the meat,  I went ahead to understand what exactly is a crab cake…
The wiki says that crab cake is an American dish composed of crab meat and various other ingredients like bread crumbs, milk, mayonnaise, eggs, onions and seasonings. Occasionally other ingredients like radish or peppers are also added. Now, I do not know how an original crab cake tastes but I can  assure you surely that the vegan version does taste good.
I read a few other recipes and then understanding the concept and method concocted my own recipe. This cake is extremely delicate to handle and gives you a melt in mouth experience but at no cost this recipe is for beginners, as it needs very delicate handling of the cake, I feel like mentioning  the quote here “ extremely fragile, handle with care”. The cake can be grilled, baked, shallow fried…. is completely to your choice.
Let’s read the recipe..
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Ingredients
Makes 8
about 3 cups grated zucchini ( I used 3 medium)
2 handful of instant potato flakes
4-5 tbsp fried onion
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup soya milk
3 tbsp aioli sauce or mayonnaise
3 tbsp green chili sauce
3 tbsp chopped cilantro
3-4 tbsp finely chopped capsicum
3 tbsp chili flakes
1 tsp white pepper pwd
salt to taste
APF flour for coating

Method
Squeeze out as much water possible from the zucchini.
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Add fried onion, chopped onion and capsicum to it.
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Add in the  aioli sauce, chili flakes, white pepper, chopped cilantro. I used aioli sauce but original crab cakes use mayonnaise and chili- garlic sauce but as aioli has garlic in it  I used plain chili sauce.

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Mix and add green chili sauce, soya milk and salt to taste.
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Mix and add instant potato flakes ( you can also use bread crumbs and potato flakes mix). I avoided using boiled potato and preferred the flakes as they absorb the excess moisture easily.
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Mix thoroughly and make patties. Here, one must note that the mixture is not at all firm, as a matter of fact it’s quite wet, so needs to be handled carefully.
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Wrap with a cling film and refrigerate for an hour, this helps in handling them  a little easily there after.
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Dust them lightly with APF, remove the extra flour.
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Shallow fry with a tsp of olive oil or butter on a low flame on either side. While flipping use two spatulas.
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Serve hot with some salad or coleslaw,  with a dip of your choice.
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These surely will make an extremely good starter for a formal dinner as they need fork and knife for eating them in  a delicate and sophisticated manner.
Sending it to to my event ‘Only’- Kids delight
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32 comments:

Kairali sisters said...

Dish name was little misleading :-D he he..Looks great and perfect like an original crab cake pari...

kitchen queen said...

very droolworthy and tempting with detailed step by step demo.

Satya said...

wow these crab cakes r simply delicious ...one more recipe i bookmarked ...thanks for sharing n i am going to make it soon ...

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Rach said...

Sounds interesting. I usually try stir frying zucchini even before using it in any recipe... Will try vegan crab cakes sometime...

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy and new cakes...

Swathi said...

Zucchini cakes looks delicious,it has a misleading name.I will try vegan crab cake.

Rachana said...

A very different and interesting recipe! Thanks for sharing :-)

Torviewtoronto said...

Lovely crab cakes wouldn't have missed the crab

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Looking good! love the vegan version of the crab cake.

Guna's kitchen said...

very intresting crab cakes.. luks delicious.. well explained dear.. thnx 4 sharing

? said...

Very innovative; I think the crab mix would have very similar texture.
Will try it.

Suman Singh said...

hmm..thought the patties or with crab meat but after going through the ingredients and recipe realize that there is no crab meat in it..looks healthy and delish..Aioli sauce is something new to me..

Kamalika said...

Bookmarking the dish...awesome dish and very much innovative...

Prathibha said...

I can see how soft they r..looks so good...will give a try definitely...

Madhavi said...

WOW very nice and interesting recipe Pari, and cakes looks good!!

Nitha said...

Delicious crab like zuchini cakes :)

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

lovely zucchini paaty...i love adding zucchini nowadays to everything in omlets,paranthas,rice,dal,raita,pizzas....versatile veggie..love it...looks yum..lovley presentation

Madhavi said...

Hey Pari,

Magajtari is peeled watermelon seeds. You can get it from any Indian store, it is also called Magtari seeds.

Veggie Belly said...

this is a nice idea to mimic crab cakes. vegans can always use vegenaise instead of the aioli or mayo :)

Ananda Rajashekar said...

oh yea zucchini patties are quite difficult to handle, but yours looks perfectly done and yum!

Priya said...

Vegan crab cake looks irresistible, cant wait to give a try..

sonu said...

hehehe..i thought a crab cake ...a non veg recipe in a veg blog.but when i went thru i was really lol..zucchini replacing crab is inddeed a wondeful idea and these cakes r looking too yummie !

Rekha shoban said...

nice presentation and interesting cake!

Jay said...

thats a new n tasty recipe...mouth watering clicks dear.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Really very unusual name of this dish :-)the patties look very good..
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Indrani said...

Quite an interesting ingredients...looks irresistable and your step-by-step pics are really helpful to try your recipes..tried your paneer dhania, yummilicious

Shanthi said...

Sounds interesting and unique

Lav said...

hi pari, just sent an entry to your kids delight event !! you have a wonderful space !! Happy to follow u :)

Lavanya

www.lavsblog.com

chaitrali pathak said...

very drool worthy and tempting

RAKS KITCHEN said...

very new to me,and sounds interesting as everyone says here :)

Pavithra said...

Wow nice idea of using zuchinni instead of crab meat..looks so delicious and i am drooling priya..

Latha said...

Great looking cake.

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