Croquetas de Maca
Croquetas de Maca
Makes 24 (Serves 8)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
15g piece of ginger, peeled and grated
60g plain yogurt
120g feta, crumbled
60g polenta flour
60g gluten-free flour
5g maca powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp ground cumin
Vegetable oil, for deep frying
Coriander or parsley leaves, to serve
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the avocado yogurt
100g plain yogurt
½ ripe avocado, peeled, destoned and flesh mashed
Juice of ½ lime
To make the croquetas, put the olive oil in a small saucepan and add the onion. Sauté quite briskly over a medium heat until softened and slightly caramelized (about 10 minutes), then add the ginger. Cook for a further 1 minute, then remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Put the yogurt and egg in a large bowl with the feta and whisk to combine, then add the cooled onion and ginger mixture. In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together and season with plenty of salt and pepper, then incorporate into the yogurt, egg, onion and ginger mixture.
Form the mixture into 24 balls of equal size, then chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
Meanwhile, make the avocado yogurt by blitzing the ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
When you’re ready to cook the croquetas, remove them from the fridge. Half-fill a large saucepan with vegetable oil, or use a deep-fat fryer, and heat the oil to about 180°C. Fry the croquetas in batches, removing them with a slotted spoon when they float to the top and are a deep golden brown. Set aside to drain on kitchen paper, then transfer to a serving plate.
Serve sprinkled with a few coriander or parsley leaves and with the avocado yogurt on the side for dipping.
This is an edited extract from Andina by Martin Morales published by Quadrille RRP $45 and is available in stores nationally.
Photographer: © David Loftus