Apple Fritters (Indian Style!)
|Granny smith apples/Red delicious apples||4 Large (firm)|
|All purpose flour||3 Cup (48 tbs) (maida)|
|Milk||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Sugar||3 Tablespoon (adjust quantity as per taste)|
|Finely grated orange zest||1 Tablespoon|
|Baking powder||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Rose water/Orange blossom water||3 Drop|
|Cardamom powder||1 Pinch|
|Honey||1 Tablespoon (floral variety - adjust quantity as per taste)|
|Vegetable oil/Canola oil||100 Milliliter (For shallow frying)|
|Toasted almond slices||1 Teaspoon (for garnish)|
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour with enough milk to form a smooth and slightly thickened batter. Next, add in the egg along with the salt, sugar orange zest and the baking powder. Mix well to combine all of the ingredients, cover with plastic wrap and set aside until needed (at least 10-15 minutes).
In the meantime, wash and dry the apples. Peel and core the apples, then slice them into ¼ inch thick rings. Drop them directly into the batter.
Heat a deep skillet on medium heat with enough oil for shallow frying. When hot, carefully add the coated apple slices (shake off any excess batter before frying). Fry until golden brown on both sides and drain well on absorbent paper towel. Transfer to a serving platter.
In a small saucepan, on low heat add about ½ cup of honey. Keep stirring. If it is too thick, you can add a little orange juice (or even water) to slightly thin it out. Add the rose water, ground cardamom powder and saffron. Stir well and bring to a gentle simmer and remove from the heat. Liberally spoon the fragrant honey mixture over the apple fritters. Garnish with the toasted almond slices and serve. This dish tastes great with a scoop of ice cream!