Cha Khoai Chien is Vietnamese tasty gluten-free and egg-less croquettes (potato pancakes).
Cha Khoai Chien
The cooking time is about 40 minutes, assume that we already have mashed potatoes and dipping sauce.
- ¼ onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup of chopped green onion
- 1 cup rice flour
- 2 cups mashed potatoes
- 1 tsp. of baking powder
- 1 tbsp. of water
- Salt, garlic powder, fresh ground pepper
- Gluten-free breadcrumbs for coating (optional)
- Vegetable oil, for shallow frying
- Cook white onion with 1 tsp of oil in microwave for 3 minutes until clear.
- In a bowl, mix mashed potatoes with all other ingredients (except water, breadcrumbs) together.
- Amount of water you add into the dough depends on the mashed potatoes, so you may not use up all water. Slowly add water and mix the dough well until you can form a shape. If the dough is dried, add extra water. Add extra rice flour, if the dough is too wet.
- Using an ice cream scoop to shape small balls. Press a ball to make it flat but not too thin.
- Coat the patties with bread crumbs.
- In a non-stick frying pan, add oil and set it to medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, gently place these patties into the pan, and give each patty at least 2 inches of space around.
- Shallow fry patties each side 3-4 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
- Remove excess oil from croquettes, with tissue papers.
- Serve hot croquettes with lettuces, Vietnamese herbs and Nuoc Cham Chay or Nuoc Cham dipping sauce.
- You can make the patties in advance, and refrigerate them before frying them.
- Add your favorite cheese and spices when making the dough.
- Croquettes are more crunchy if we coat them panko (Japanese breadcrumbs, not gluten-free).
- Need to control the oil temperature. If oil is too hot, the croquettes are cooked to quickly, they are mushy. If the heat is too low, croquettes are greasy.
- For non-vegetarian dish, you can add chopped shrimp in the dough.
- Best Cha Chien recipe that I use mung bean and jicama without mashed potato and coat with panko for more crunchy.
- How to fry – from Martha Steward
- Potato Croquette – Recipe from Paula Dean
- Croquette – from Wikipedia