Veg Nuggets in Air Fryer


Homemade Veg nuggets taste Incredibly delicious and these are perfect to feed even your broccoli hater kids. These tasty low-fat mixed veggie nuggets are crisp from outside and unbelievably soft from inside. Try this easy recipe and see for yourself.

Homemade Veggie Nuggets

Kids or adults, everyone loves these nuggets as a snack or party appetiser. Step by step pictures and video included.

Crispy nuggets are a perfect healthy snack for kids or adults. Serve them as a party appetisers see the entire batch gone in minutes. The best part of this veg nuggets recipe is, it is completely healthy and low fat because I made them in the air fryer.

The recipe overall does not make much time, so you can make them anytime if you have ingredients in your fridge. But if you are like me and my family who love to eat snacks a lot, you might want to make them ahead and freeze them. I will explain how to freeze veggie nuggets later in this post.

I made these plain, without any crumb coating because I did not want to use any extra oil or use too much bread crumbs. But if you like those crispy bread crumb coated nuggets you can check my crispy Paneer Nuggets recipe.

Another Interesting Nugget recipe you must try is Raw Banana nuggets

How Can you Make Them Vegan

In these Air fried nuggets, I added cheese for the melt in mouth soft texture from within. If you want to make vegan nuggets you can skip the cheese and rest of the recipe is made with all vegan ingredients. Or if you like and have access to vegan cheese you can add that as well. Its totally your choice.

How To Make Them Ahead and Freeze

Follow the recipe till shaping of the nuggets. Then place them in a tray lined with butter paper or parchment paper.

Place them in a single layer so that they do not touch each other.

Place the tray in the freezer for about hour. Once it is frozen from outside you can transfer them in a ziplock pouch or a glass container and freeze them.

You can store these frozen veggie nuggets up to 8-10 week inside the freezer.

To Make Baked Veggie Nuggets

As I said before, these nuggets can be pan-fried, shallow fried, deep-fried or air fried. You can also bake them in a preheated oven at 180 degrees delicious for 20 minutes.

air fried nugget with steaming cup of tea

To make best nuggets with this easy recipe you will need these ingredients. Vegetables of your choice. I used broccoli and fresh peas along with potatoes. You can use your favourite veggies like cauliflower or carrots. But make sure to use fresh peas, frozen peas do not work in similar way.

Ingredients for making nuggets

For added protein I have added soaked and crushed soya textured protein commonly known as soya chunks. It adds a nice meaty texture. If you cant find that you can add tofu. Not that it is same but adds a lot of protein.

Walnuts adds a great texture and healthy factor too.

How to Make them

step by step pictures of making vegetarian nuggets

This air fried nuggets recipe is one of most easiest recipe ever. All you need to do is mix few healthy ingredients like broccoli, peas, cheese, walnuts, soy textured protein with few herbs and spices. (Picture 1-2)

Next you just shape them in your favorite shape. Squares, rounds, cylindrical all are great, (Picture -3)

After shaping all the nuggets, brush them with oil or spray with non stick spray. (Picture 4)

Place the nuggets in pre heated air fryer basket (picture -5)

Air fry at 200C for 12-15 minutes (Picture 6)

Crispy air fried veggie nuggets are ready.

(Detailed method and recipe notes available below in the recipe)

Expert Tips and Recipe Video

  • While selecting vegetables for the nuggets, cutlets or such snacks avoid vegetables with high water content as this will make them soggy.
  • Pre heating the oven if you are making baked version or Air fryer if you are making Air fried version is a MUST.
  • Try to consume them hot straight out of air fryer because when cold they tend to become soggy.

Step by Step Video

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Crispy Veg Nuggets

Homemade Veg nuggets taste Incredibly delicious. Low fat, chockfull of veggies these mixed veggie nuggets are crisp from outside and unbelievably soft from inside. These are even perfect to feed your broccoli hater kids.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, continental, Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 352kcal
Author Rekha Kakkar

Equipment

  • Pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Air fryer

Ingredients

  • 200 gm Potatoes boiled and mashed
  • 100 gm Broccoli grated
  • 100 gm Peas crushed
  • 70 gm Soy nuggets TVP soaked and crushed
  • 1 cup Bread crumbs
  • 50 gm Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
  • 3 tbsp Walnuts chopped
  • 1 Green chillis chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp Italian Mixed herbs seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Oil for brushing

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl add boiled potatoes, grated broccoli, crushed peas, crushed and soaked soya nuggets, bread crumbs, coriander leaves, green chillies, walnuts, salt pepper and mixed herbs seasoning.
  • Mix them and combine them well using your hands and make a soft dough.
  • Now take a small portion of veg nugget mixture and shape it into square or round.
  • Similarly make approximately 12 nuggets out of this total mixture.
  • Brush the nuggets with oil.
  • Preheat the air fryer at 150C for 3 minutes.
  • Place these veggie nuggets in a single layer in air fryer basket and air fry at 200C for 7-8 minutes.
  • Turn them over once in-between.
  • Your air fried crispy veggie nuggets are ready.
  • Serve them hot with tomato ketchup or hot chilli sauce.

Video

Notes

  • While selecting vegetables for the nuggets, cutlets or such snacks avoid vegetables with high water content as this will make them soggy.
  • Pre heating the oven if you are making baked version or Air fryer if you are making Air fried version is a MUST.
  • Try to consume them hot straight out of air fryer because when cold they tend to become soggy.

Nutrition

Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 910mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 492IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 6mg

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