Combine all ingredients except the oil in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate until ready to fry.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. Drop the batter by heaping tablespoonfuls into the hot oil and, using the back of a spoon, flatten the mixture slightly. Fry until golden brown on both sides, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings as an appetizer