Mücver are tasty Turkish Zucchini Fritters – crispy on the outside, and moist on the inside! This popular dish is perfect as a vegetarian appetizer or as a side dish.
Vegetable fritters are a popular dish in a variety of cultures. One of the most popular versions comes from Turkey and is called mucver – a vegetable fritter usually made with zucchini. This is an easy recipe that comes together without many ingredients or much complication at all.
Something I love about these courgette fritters (or really most kinds of savoury fritter) is that the base vegetable doesn’t usually have a particularly strong flavour. That means there’s a lot of room to customize the fritter to be just how you like it!
With this mücver recipe, we’re taking a traditional homestyle route (with crispy, hockey puck-sized mucver), but I’ll give you some ideas to jazz things up too. Restaurant-style mucver is similar but tends to be bigger and much crunchier.
What is mücver
Mücver is a Turkish fritter. Typically, mucver is made using zucchini (courgette), and this is formally known as kabak mücver. Though when one says mucver, it is typically assumed that is is referring to the Turkish vegetable fritter made using zucchini.
How to pronounce mücver
Pronouncing mücver correctly can be a little tricky from native English speakers with many mispronouncing the word as “muk-verr”. The correct pronunciation is closer to “muts-ver” (with the ‘mu’ sound being similar to ‘me-u’).
What is mücver in English
Mucver doesn’t have a one-to-one English translation. It’s the name of of the Turkish dish, but can roughly translate to “vegetable patty that has been deep fried”. In Turkish, unless referring to zucchini mucver, the type of vegetable used in the dish will be specified.
- Zucchini, grated
- Fresh dill
- Parsley, chopped
- Fresh mint
- Spring onions, chopped
- Large eggs
- Baking powder
- Black pepper
- All-purpose flour
- Vegetable oil
To make a lemon yoghurt dip
- Lemon zest
How to make mucver
There aren’t a lot of steps when it comes to making mucver. Honestly, the most time-consuming part is grating the zucchini. Place the grated zucchini into a kitchen towel or cheesecloth, and squeeze out as much moisture as you can (place a bowl under the towel to avoid making a mess in your kitchen!).
In a large bowl, mix the grated zucchini, spring onions, parsley, dill, mint, and eggs together. Once mixed, add the flour, black pepper, salt, and baking powder. Mix once again until completely incorporated.
Heat the oil over medium heat in a deep frying pan or pot. Spoon hockey puck-sized balls of the fritter batter into the oil to fry, turning as needed, until they are cooked through with a golden brown exterior.
Set aside your cooked mucver on paper towels to allow any excess oil to drain. Serve it up with lemony-yogurt, or with whatever condiments your heart desires!
Smaller is better. Smaller zucchinis will hold less moisture and more flavor than larger pieces. Larger zucchini will require more draining of water.
Drain the zucchini well. This is probably the most involved step in this recipe. Try to remove as much water as you can.
Make sure the hot oil is hot enough. You can test whether the oil has reached a suitable temperature by adding a small tester amount of the zucchini mixture before going in with proper mucver-sized dollops. Alternatively, sprinkle in a pinch of flour and see if it sizzles (sizzle = good).
Olive oil for frying. You can use olive oil for frying mucver, though I personally don’t think it adds much (outside of cost). If you do opt for this route, I’d recommend a light and inexpensive olive oil.
Size and shape makes a difference. The size and shape of your fritter dough will affect the cook times. Opt for something smaller/thinner, so you don’t have to worry about the insides being undercooked.
Don’t overcrowd the pan. This helps to ensure that the mucver cooks evenly.
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These zucchini fritters are easy to play around with. Here are a few simple ideas you can try at home in order to make this right for your personal taste.
Are you team Big Bite? Opt to make larger pancake-sized mucver instead.
Team Hot n Spicy? Add some additional spices like paprika, Aleppo pepper, or red pepper flakes to give the recipe a bit more kick.
Team Cheesy? Sprinkle on some feta cheese.
Team Healthy? The mucver patties can be baked in the oven to make them a little healthier. You’ll need to fiddle with the bake time and temperature on this one though as I’ve not actually done it myself.
Team…more complicated? Fiddle with the proportions, by switching out some of the zucchini for chopped carrots or potatoes.
How to serve mücver
Something I love about vegetable fritters in general is how easy they are to serve. There are so many options, and most things work very well. Mucver can be served hot or cold (I prefer hot). Traditionally, mucver will be served alongside a dip like cacik (a Turkish yogurt dip made with herbs and cucumbers), but if spiced yoghurt is not your thing, you might consider serving alongside toum (garlic sauce), a salad, or a mains.
I’ve even made them as a side dish when I’m having fried rice for dinner!
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Thankfully these courgette fritters can be made without any specialized equipment. However, having a good grater makes making these kabak mucver a lot easier.
Mucver can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two days. As the outer crispiness will fade, these vegetarian fritters are best eaten as soon as possible. They can be frozen for up to one month. Please be sure to thaw completely and reheat adequately before serving!
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And that’s it. That’s everything you need to know to make mücver (Turkish zucchini fritters). What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.Print