Vegetable Fritters

Golden brown, crispy, and utterly addictive, vegetable fritters make sublime snacks or appetizers—especially when paired with the right dipping sauce. From light-as-air west African accara to zucchini cakes from Crete, these global recipes will be a hit at your next party.

Zucchini Fritters (Kolokitho Keftedes)

Zucchini Fritters (Kolokitho Keftedes)
Based on a recipe from author Nancy Harmon Jenkins, this Cretan meze dish can be served hot or at room temperature.Todd Coleman

Chickpea Fritters with Coconut Chutney

Chickpea Fritters with Coconut Chutney
In this Goan-influenced starter, pillowy, onion-flecked chickpea fritters are served with a pungent chutney made from cilantro, tamarind, chile, turmeric, and freshly grated coconut. Get the recipe for Chickpea Fritters with Coconut ChutneyEvan Sung

Potato Fritter Sandwich (Vada Pav)

Potato Fritter Sandwich (Vada Pav)
A staple of Mumbai street stalls, these aromatic fried potato-fritter sandwiches are slathered with coriander and tamarind chutneys and served on a buttered, toasted roll.Todd Coleman

Cabbage Fritters (Cabbage Vepadu)

Cabbage Fritters (Cabbage Vepadu)
Cookbook author Madhur Jaffery describes these spidery-looking cabbage-and-peanut fritters as looking like little Medusa heads, "with the strands of shredded cabbage providing a crunchy, unruly halo." A popular item in the mess halls of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, they can be served as part of a meal or as a crunchy snack.Ingalls Photography

Accara (Black-Eyed-Pea Fritters)

Black-Eyed-Pea Fritters
Crisp, light-as-air fritters like these are a popular street snack throughout Senegal and the rest of west Africa. They're usually accompanied by chile-hot, tomato-based kaani sauce. See the recipe for Accara (Black-Eyed-Pea Fritters) »Penny de los Santos

Falafel

Falafel
Any way you make it, there is nothing like falafel's first bite: the crisp-fried exterior giving way to a creamy center of seasoned mashed beans, garlic, and parsley.Todd Coleman

Malanga Fritters

Malanga Fritters
While visiting Cuba, we learned how to make these unexpectedly delicate fritters from local cook Ofelia Farres. See the recipe for Malanga Fritters »Christopher Hirsheimer