Seared Scallops with Carrot Fritters and a Yoghurt Dressing Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

I love to make miniature versions of these fritters to serve with drinks.

INGREDIENTS

For the yoghurt dressing:

  • 1/2 cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the carrot fritters:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup soda water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 small red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrot
  • 8 scallions, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

For the seared scallops:

  • 12 meduim-sized scallops, intestinal tract removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Watercress for serving
INSTRUCTIONS
For the yoghurt dressing:

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.

For the carrot fritters:

  1. Preheat the oven to 315°F. Place the flour, soda water, egg, cumin, coriander, turmeric, sugar and salt in a bowl and mix well. Add the chilli, carrot, scallions, and cilantro and stir to combine.
  2. Heat a frying pan on a medium to high heat, add the oil and heat until hot. Cooking in batches, add 2 tablespoons of batter per fritter and cook for 2 minutes each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Cook the remaining fritter batter, adding extra oil if necessary. Place the fritters on an ovenproof plate lined with paper towels and keep warm in the oven while you cook the scallops.

For the seared scallops:

  1. Place the scallops in a bowl, add the olive oil, season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a meduim to high heat and cook the scallops for 1 minute each side.
  2. Place 3 carrot fritters on a plate, top with the watercress and scallops and drizzle with the yoghurt dressing. Season with pepper.

Beverage pairing: La Yunta Torrontes, Argentina. Torrontes is an Argentinian grape with lovely floral overtones that manage not to outshine its pleasant melon/pear fruit center. Its good acidity will counter the richness of the scallops, while that floral purity and sweet fruit core will be great with the carrot and yoghurt.

This recipe, while from a trusted source, may not have been tested by the CHOW food team.