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Potato Latkes (Eggless Vegan Recipe) with Chunky Applesauce

By Pavani @napavani
Blogging Marathon# 38: Week 3/ Day 3
Theme: One Dish, Different Countries
Dish: Iranian/ Jewish -- Potato Latkes
When I signed up for this theme I actually wanted to make dumplings from 3 different countries. I even narrowed my dishes to Chinese dumplings, Italian gnocchi and Indian samosas. But with the impending month long mega marathon these dishes seemed too much work and had to change my choice.
Potato Latkes (Eggless vegan recipe) Then one day my son came back home and asked me if I had ever made latkes. He said they read a book in school that mentioned about latkes and he wanted me to make them for him. Then I realized I could make pancakes for this week's marathon -- 2 birds at 1 shot.
Potato Latkes (Eggless vegan recipe) Latkes are basically potato pancakes that are shallow fried and served with variety of condiments. Potato pancakes are associated with cuisines of many European and Middle Eastern century old-traditions including Austrian, Belasurian, Iranian, Jewish etc. Latkes are eaten by Jews during Hannukah festival.
Potato Latkes (Eggless vegan recipe) I made chunky apple sauce to go with the potato latkes. A lot of recipes online have eggs in them and I wanted to add it only if I really had to.
Chunky Applesauce I was able to shape the pancakes just fine without egg and did not add it. This post from the Shiksha in the Kitchen gives lots of tips on making crispy pancakes. One of which is to use the potato starch that sinks to the bottom after draining the grated potatoes. Here's how I made the pancakes:
Potato Latkes (Eggless vegan recipe) Ingredients: Makes about 8 pancakes
Potatoes - 4 medium, peeled
Onion - 1 medium
All purpose flour - ¼cup
Baking powder - 1tsp
Parsley - 2tbsp, finely chopped
Salt & Pepper - to taste
  • Grate potato and onion using the large holes on the grater. I read somewhere that the acid in onions stops discoloration of potatoes. Alternately you can use the food processor to shred the veggies -- this will be helpful when working with a larger batch.
  • Place the grated veggies in a colander that is inturn placed on a plate or bowl to catch the excess liquid.
  • Use your hands to squeeze as much as liquid as you can from the grated potato & onions. Collect the drained liquid and let it stand for a few minutes so that the potato starch settles in the bottom.
  • Add the squeezed out potato & onions to a mixing bowl. Add the other ingredients and the potato starch. Mix well.
  • Heat 2tbsp oil in a nonstick pan; scoop ¼cup of potato mixture into the skillet and spread it a little bit. Cook on medium flame until the bottom is golden. Press with spatula lightly to crisp up the edges. Flip gently and continue cooking until golden and crispy on the second side.
  • Remove the pancakes onto an inverted wire rack that is placed on a paper lined plate. Serve immediately.
Potato Latkes (Eggless vegan recipe) Chunky Apple Sauce: Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times.
Ingredients: Apples - 2 medium, peeled and chopped (Use crisp sweet-tart apples like Fuji, Braeburn, Jonagold) Ground Cinnamon - ¼tsp Ground cloves - pinch Sugar - 1tbsp Lemon juice - ½tsp 
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a saute pan on medium-high flame; add apples and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the ground cinnamon and cloves, mix well. Cover, lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 15~20 minutes.
  • Add 1~2tbsp water and break the apples lightly. Uncover and cook for 10 more minutes or until the applesauce thickens.
  • Stir in sugar and cook for 2 more minutes or until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Finally add the lemon juice and turn off the heat. Cool completely and store in the fridge for later use.
Chunky Applesauce Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up today for BM# 38.

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