Sweetcorn fritters or Perkedel Jagung as Indonesians call it can be one of tasty options to make in summertime, when sweetcorn become abundant.
The recipe I’m sharing here is quite simple and very easy to make. It’s my mom’s recipe. I grew up with this sweetcorn fritters that my mom used to make at least every other week. Or sometimes every week.
There are many types of traditional fritters that my mom makes, i.e. Potato fritters, tempeh fritters, Oncom (another type of fermented Soya beans) fritters, Mung beans fritters, etc. But sweetcorn fritters is the most liked fritters in our family.
Traditionally, Indonesians have sweetcorn fritters as a side dish. They go along well with literally any dish. But my mom normally makes them as companion for Sweet Soy Chicken, stir-fry dishes or any soupy/ curry dishes.
But you can have the fritters as a snack along with your cuppa tea or coffee, if you like. They make tasty party starters too. You can make them in bulk few days before the party. Then freeze them. When you need them just pop them for about 15-20 minutes in the oven at gas 5/ 200° C before serving.
Unlike some other similar recipes you find on the net 😉, this recipe wants you to slightly mash the sweetcorn kernels. Not all of it. Just about a third upto half of it.
The reason is because you want to get the natural sweetness from the corn and this mashed kernels will give more flavor to your fritters. Also, the juice from the kernels can help binding the batter so that you won’t need a lot of flour. Your fritters will taste proper sweetcorn instead of sweetcorn flavored flour 😀.
If you can not get the fresh sweet corn cobs, you can use the frozen sweetcorn kernels. But please don’t use the tin ones. Because the tin ones are basically cooked sweetcorn. So if you use frozen sweetcorn, leave the kernels to thaw about half an hour before you slightly mash them. Then just follow the recipe method.
Although in this recipe I put 4 stalks of Spring Onions (Scallion) only, you’re more than welcome to put more. Because I personally like to put more. Because the combo of Sweetcorn and Spring Onions is really nice.
The Easy Recipe For Indonesian Sweetcorn Fritters/ Perkedel Jagung
- chopping board
- Food processor (optional)
- Pestle and mortar
- Or Potato Masher
- wok or frying pan
- 2 Cups Sweetcorn kernels 2 large cobs of sweetcorn is normally enough to get this amount. You can use the frozen ones too. But make sure it's fully thawed before you start.
- 4 Stalks Spring onions finely sliced
- 1 Clove Garlic finely chopped. You can substitute this with 1 teaspoon garlic powder if you wish.
- 1 Teaspoon White pepper powder
- 6 Tablespoons Plain flour You can substitute this with your preferred Gluten-Free flour
- 2 Large Eggs lightly beaten
- 1 Green chili (optional) finely chopped. You can skip chilies if you don't like spicy food. If you prefer spicy, you can add more.
- Salt to taste I normally put 1 Teaspoon for this recipe. But feel free to put as much salt as you prefer
- Cooking oil for deep frying
- Put the sweetcorn kernels in a food processor and give it few blitz until 1/3 of it mashed. If you don't have food processor, you can mash it using pestle and mortar or potato masher. What you want is about a third of kernels break and release its juice.
- Put the slightly mashed kernels in a bowl and add in spring onions, pepper, garlic, salt, plain flour, eggs and chili. Mix well. Ideally you leave it to rest for at least 10 minutes to ensure the flavor infused well. But it will still make tasty fritters even if you cook it right away 😉
- Heat the oil in a frying pan or a wok. Gently drop 1 tbsp of sweetcorn batter and make sure it's slightly flattened and not too thick. Deep fry the fritters at medium heat until it's golden.
- Serve and enjoy
- If you’re not keen with deep frying, you can shallow fry the fritters with a little bit of oil on the frying pan. But make sure you the batter is flat and not thick.
- If you use Gluten-Free flour, it’s best to shallow fry the fritters. Because some of the GF flour do not handle well in deep frying.
- Please don’t skip the mashing. It’s important 😆. Because we want proper sweetcorn flavor and sweetness in our fritters.
- You can enjoy these fritters as a snack or as a companion dish when you cook Sweet Soy Chicken or any other Indonesian dish.