Ikarian Wild Greens Fritters

fritters bannerThis recipe has been passed down through generations in Ikaria. Using the native carob flour from trees grown all over the island, it is a recipe every islander would make because of it’s nutritional value and price. Throughout World War II islanders primary source of nutrition was from the Carob tree. Today carob flour is still a very important part in the Ikarian diet. Patties, fritters and flat cakes made with wild greens, herbs and vegetables are staples in almost all of the restaurants on the island. However, you don’t need to wait to have them in a restaurant, they are so simple to make on your own, and the variations are endless. While the carob flour imparts a subtle sweetness that traditional flours do not, if you can’t find any you can just replace it with a flour of your choice. If you can though I definitely recommend checking out your local health food store to find some.

Ikarian Wild Greens Fritters

Serves 6 easily

  • 1½ cups chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1½ cups chopped fresh dill
  • 1 cup chopped fennel
  • 3 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 3 red onions, minced or grated
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup spelt flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup carob powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Olive or other oil, for frying
  1. In a bowl, combine the mint, dill, fennel, spinach, and onions. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  2. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda carob powder (if using) and a little more salt and pepper. Whisk in water and egg to make a thick batter. Pour the batter into the greens and mix lightly to combine
  3. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter into the oil. Don’t crowd the pan. When the bottom of the fritters is set, flip to cook on the other side. Remove when dark. Should be 4-6 minutes total. The fritters will be a dark brown from the carob flour.
  4. Drain on paper towels and serveChard Fritters.png


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