♥ Gluten-Free Vegan Corn Cakes
Some call them corn cakes and to some, sweetcorn fritters. Whatever you call them, these tasty yellow morsels are fun, kid-friendly (especially for those with gluten or dairy intolerances) and easy to prepare!
My just turned three year old is going through a sweetcorn obsession at the moment and will eat anything with said ingredient in it! Hence this recipe creation involving the main star of the dish -sweetcorn.
Because of the numerous interpretations of corn cakes/sweetcorn fritters at restaurants and seen online I feel there are no rules in making them.
Many recipes call for an almost pancake batter mix of eggs, flour and milk. My first attempt used all these ingredients but the end result was OK. Not amazing and not great. My husband and I both agreed the corn cakes were rather claggy and very bland. Perhaps a poor recipe I tested out.
Nevertheless, I decided to create a lighter version and was inspired by my mother-in-law’s special spicy savoury chickpea pancakes called pudla. She had been visiting and staying with us in Dubai a while ago and served up the crepe style pancakes for breakfast.
Pudla is made up of chickpea flour (also labelled besan or gram flour) mixed with water then spices added for flavour.
Honestly speaking, I’ve never really been a massive fan of pudla (sorry mum), but after thinking about merging the idea of them with the sweetcorn cakes I thought I was on to something.
Substituting some of the flour in regular corn cake recipes for chickpea flour added a nutty taste. Chickpea flour also doesn’t have a tendency to stick to the pan even with little oil, but it can still help develop nice crispy edges to the corn cake.
Together with some mild spices, I added carrot for extra sweetness and colour, working well with the juicy crunch of sweetcorn.
These corn cakes are a perfect snack or side dish for children and I have kept the recipe below as mildly spiced. Feel free however, to throw in chopped green chillies or spicy paprika for a kick.
My son absolutely loves these and can demolish a plate in minutes… dipping them in some ketchup on the side.
After trying and testing this recipe I actually realised not only are the corn cakes gluten-free, but they do not require any dairy product; making them vegan too. A great easy recipe if you’re getting involved in upcoming Veganaury. Enjoy!
Please have a go at these and let me know how you get on. Remember to send me photographs too for the Rena Bakes gallery. Thank you and enjoy!