Bakwan Jagung – Corn Fritters

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Bakwan Jagung – Corn Fritters

Bakwan Jagung is Indonesian for corn fritters. This blogpost will give you a simple recipe for Indonesian corn fritters that you can make at home in no time.  

sweetcorn fritters

 

Many years ago I worked on an engineering project together with some companies in Indonesia to build trains for the city of Jakarta. During that period in the 1990’s, I was lucky enough to visit Bandung on the Island of Java in Indonesia, as well as the island of Bali, for several weeks.

During these weeks I was introduced to these corn fritters, or Bakwan Jagung. This is a simple recipe for my take on bakwan jagung.

fritters in the pan

 

Indonesian Food

When I worked in the Netherlands I used to often visit Dapur Ibu, an Indonesian Toko in Ridderkerk, where I would pick up a takeaway lunch. This would consist of spicy noodles and often some meat like rendang daging. I would quite often choose a corn fritter (or bakwan jagung) for ‘dessert’, as the sweetness of the corn infuses this dish.

In the Netherlands, you will find Indonesian food in many places. Very often the Chinese restaurants will serve a combination of Chinese dishes together with Indonesian dishes. This is because Indonesia was a former Dutch colony and they brought the food, and their versions of it, back to the Netherlands. 

bakwan jagung in the pan

 

If you have never tried Indonesian food, it is to be recommended, and if you get the chance you should try a ‘rijstafel’ or ‘rice table’ if you are ever in the Netherlands. A rijstafel is a spread with many different types of Indonesian food where you try some of everything.

Bakwan jagung, on the other hand, is more of a street food, which traders will cook up for you as you watch. They may even be deep fried.

sweetcorn fritters

 

Corn Fritters

Corn fritters are a meal that is also eaten in other parts of the world, like the USA for example, who has been the world’s largest producer of maize. But I must say I have never tried a southern corn fritter, but I suppose they must be similar to this one (unless they contain cheese, of course!).

 

southern corn fritters

 

You can of course also use fresh corn instead of canned corn to make this, but obviously you would have to cook the corn before adding it to the batter. I am sure it would taste even sweeter. 

Anyhow, I suggest you try this recipe. Please let me know how you get on, if you do try it, in the comments section below!  

How to make Bakwan Jagung

Bakwan Jagung - Corn Fritters

corn patties

This easy tasty sweet corn fritter recipe is quick to make and ready in 10 minutes. Serve up warm with a yoghurt dip.

Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 65g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Red chillies (I used 3 small hot birdseye chillies)
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 2 Spring onions
  • 200g can of sweet corn
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Paprika powder
  • Finely chopped coriander (cilantro)

Instructions

  1. Make the batter: sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the egg, milk and minced garlic and whisk together by hand until you have a smooth batter with no lumps.
  2. Finely chop the chilli and add to the batter. Then finely chop the spring onions and shallot, and cook them in some oil for about 2 minutes. Then add them to the batter.
  3. Sieve and rinse the corn kernels and add them and a splash of olive oil to the batter and mix well.
  4. Heat some olive oil in a skillet and keep on a low to medium heat. Add some of the corn/batter mix to the pan in a circular shape (use a spoon to form the shape).
  5. The batter will soon solidify and form the patty. Let it cook for about 2 minutes and turn over and fry the other side.
  6. Push down regularly on the mix to ensure the batter cooks properly. Make sure the batter is fully cooked before removing from the pan.

Dipping sauce

  1. Make a simple yoghurt dip by adding some finely chopped cilantro, chilli and paprika powder to some Greek-style yoghurt.

Notes

The above quantities make about 6 corn fritters.

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