Orange Maize Fritters (Ukoy)
"Ukoy" is another Filipino dish, usually served as appetizer or part of the meal. Similar to the corn casserole posted previously, the main ingredient for this recipe is the biofortified vitamin A orange maize developed by HarvestPlus (www.harvestplus.org).
2 cups boiled (softened) biofortified vitamin A orange maize OR
1 15.25 oz can corn kernels
1 15.25 oz can cream of corn
1 c shredded squash
1 1/2 cup cornstarch OR
3/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup biofortified vitamin A orange maize flour
6 cloves garlic, crushed
2 stalks green onions, chopped
1 cup shelled and cooked mussels (optional)
1 cup vegetable cooking oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and mix well until cornstarch and flour are dissolved. The mixture should be smooth and slightly fluid.
In a deep fat fryer, heat oil. When fryer is ready, scoop 1/8 c of corn mixture and drop in the hot oil. When the corn fritters are golden brown and float to the surface of the oil, remove ukoy and place on platter lined with paper towels.
Prepare dipping sauce by mixing 1/4 c vinegar with dash of salt and pepper to taste.