Let’s just say this is love at first bite – Veggie Fingers Recipe

I am one of those who doesn’t believe that chips are “har program ka main food” andI am always looking for alternatives to be served as finger food …..k for one loves snacks that have aloo…..especially if it has a crumb crust…..but who doesn’t? Something that is crunchy on the outside and a burst of flavours tucked into the warm insides, is a match made in heaven……..recently, I bought a pack of ready made vegetable fingers from the grocery and we enjoyed these as snacks….these came in a pack and all I had to do was snip the bag, fry the fingers and in less than 10 mins I was ready to sit down and enjoy a conversation…..unfortunately the bag came with just 8 pieces and was over before we could spell V-E-G-G-I-E- F-I-N-G-E-R-S

So a few days ago, I wondered if I could make my own veggie fingers….. I had almost everything I thought I needed…again I used my favourite wonder product aloo mash…but fresh boiled potatoes would do just as well I am sure….i wanted to make them and freeze them, so when we next needed them, all I had to do was take them out of the freezer and into a hot pan with some oil.

The whole exercise from start to freeze took little over 20 minutes and what I had on hand was two dozen of them…(the plate I set them on accommodated only twenty). I packed them into a box and into the freezer where I suppose I can store it for atleast a couple of months though am sure they wont last long. I have already made another batch and for less than a third of what I spent on the readymade product, I got three times as many as I would be able to buy in a single pack. This made sense to me because I used the flakes and all I had to do was mix together the ingredients, shape and bread the fingers and freeze. Apart from being served as a snack….the fingers can double up as an accompaniment to dinner!!

Veggie fingers (makes 24 veggie fingers)

1 ½ c aloo mash flakes (or 1 ½ cup of boiled and mashed potato)

½ c green peas

½ c grated carrot

1 t ginger and garlic paste

2 T chick pea flour (besan)

1 c water

1 t red chilli powder

1 T lime juice

Salt to taste

2/3 c + 2 T bread crumbs

In a microwave safe bowl, place the grated carrot and green peas and zap on high for 2 mins.

To this, add the potato flakes, red chilli powder, bread crumbs, ginger garlic paste, salt and lime juice and adding enough water, mix to a consistency where you can make a tight ball of the mixture without it crumbling. Add a little more bread crumbs and water to bind it well.

Divide into walnut sized balls, roll between your palms and flatten slightly.

Mix the chickpea flour with 3-4 T of water and make sure there are no lumps.

Place about 2 T of breadcrumbs on a plate. Dip the fingers into the chickpea batter and then roll in the crumbs to coat well on all sides.

Set aside on a plate / tray. Repeat till all the veggie fingers are breaded.

Leave to dry for about 5-10 minutes before storing in a freezer bag or container.

If serving immediately, heat 2 T oil in a frying pan / griddle and fry on medium heat till golden brown.

Serve hot with mint chutney / tomato sauce / onion rings with a dash of lime juice. Enjoy!!

29 Comments Add yours

  1. Amrita says:

    Made these yesterday evening and freezes them and got them out for breakfast today…….wonderful……what a way to start the day!!! Thanks for the simple recipe.

  2. mags says:

    after living in Canada, emigrating from UK I have missed these sooo much. Looked and looked for a recipe but never found one…till now. Going to make them tomorrow and see how good they are. Cant wait!

  3. I have been looking all over for an easy recipe for veggie sticks; this is perfect.

  4. Julia says:

    So simple, and what a fun way to eat vegies! I imagine you could vary the vegetables and spices quite easily too.

  5. sireesha says:

    First time here Arundati…veggi fingers looks delicious and tempting..I am feeling hungry now…

  6. bee says:

    that is plain, pure food porn. aloo mash flakes? what is that?

  7. A&N says:

    Great snack! Perfect for movies AND rainy days 🙂

  8. Deeba says:

    Hey there girl…tagged you for a music meme…let’s see what makes you rock!!! :0)

  9. Swapna says:

    Hey nice ones…. I will try some on Ich. She loves `dangada'(nuggets :D)

  10. sig says:

    Great snack idea, I love the shape…. good job girl! I can never get my cutlets perfect round or square, they always end up looking like modern art pieces 🙂

  11. Deeba says:

    This sounds great my dear, & must have tasted even better. Bookmarked for the kids. I love anything not deep-fried & yours look fantastic!!! xoxoxo

  12. Priti says:

    First time here Arundati…veggi fingers looks delicious …

    thanks priti…thanks for stopping by!!

  13. Uma says:

    wow, deliciious fingers! Awesome.

    thanks uma!!

  14. Bhawana says:

    wow, added this to my favourites will try this for sure. looking wonderful.

  15. Srivalli says:

    they look fab!..great pictures…

  16. Raaga says:

    I loved the way you made it look like store bought

  17. Mansi says:

    That’s a neat idea Arundhati..freezing it is a lovely tip! never found any aloo mash here though! 😦

  18. Medhaa says:

    lovely recipe , will try this soon

  19. Aparna says:

    A very professional finish to your veg fingers, Arundati. Great idea.

  20. notyet100 says:

    looks so delicious,..nice one..

  21. bhags says:

    home made food rocks ……anytime over the store brought one…..nice idea for a party and can be made in advance.

  22. Vani says:

    Oh, yum!! Lovely idea to make a lot of these & freeze for posterity! Though, like u said, they may not really stay in the freezer too long! No deep-frying is another big plus here. Am bookmarking this recipe.

  23. wow arundati, they are perfectly shaped and looks really tempting!! the pictures are fantastic!! must try this one!! 🙂

  24. rachel says:

    now that looks too very tempting

  25. maheswari says:

    Crispy and not deep fired, excellent.I too believe in making something simple at home than buying outside..

  26. sia says:

    many a times what we cook is much better in taste, price and also they r much healthier than the store bought ones. good job arundathi. bookmarked 🙂

  27. Asha says:

    Perfectly lined up, yummy finger food!:)

    thanks Asha

  28. easycrafts says:

    omg…u cannt do this to me…Its raining here and am feeling hungry looking at the delicious veggie fingers

    hehehe (evil laughter) …

  29. arundathi says:

    how fabulous and not deep fried! love it!

    yeah….gorge all you want!!

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