Mucver is a Turkish dish of vegetable fritters that consist of shredded vegetables, eggs, flour and flavorings like parsley, dill, mint and green onions. The batter is spooned into hot oil where is flattens slightly and is fried until golden. Some variations are made with cheeses like feta.
In general, mucver is a vegetable fritter. Originally, the word mucver described the way a food was prepared and not a specific dish. While the most commonly known Turkish mucver is made from zucchini also called kabak mucveri, it can also be made from other ingredients.
Other types of mucver include pancar mucveri or beetroot mucver, karnabahar mucveri which is a cauliflower mucver and pirasa mucveri or leek mucver. Eggplant and carrot mucver are also popular.
For a heartier mucver, some recipe variations include more than one vegetable. For instance, a zuchinni mucver could also contain shredded carrot and potato. Mucver is usually eaten as an appetizer or snack, hot or cold. It can be eaten plain or served with a side of yogurt-based sauce for dipping.
Origin & Cultural Significance
Mucver dates back from the 14th to early 20th century, during the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Zucchini more specifically was one of the most eaten vegetables in Ottoman cuisine. It is still a big part of Turkish cuisine from mucver to zucchini stews and zucchini pies.
- Green zucchinis - 3
- Eggs - 3
- Flour – 3 tbsp
- Parsley, minced– 1 handful
- Green onions or dill - ½ cup
- Baking soda – ½ tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Black pepper – to taste
- Vegetable oil to fry
- Peel and thinly grate the zucchinis.
- Squeeze all the water from the zucchinis using your hands,
- Whisk the eggs and mix with zucchinis until well combined,
- Add the baking soda, salt, and black pepper, then stir,
- Add the flour slowly to the mixture while stirring,
- Finally incorporate in the minced green onions or dill and stir,
- Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan,
- Using a spoon, form round flat patties and place in hot oil,
- Shallow fry on both sides without crowding the pan too much,
- Pour over some crushed garlic and yoghurt mixture and serve!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 431mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g