If there was one letter that I spent lot of time, researching and reading, then it is surely L. I was so keen on making Lasagna eggless version. And I must have spent insane amount of time, reading books, blogs and what not, to get the perfect eggless version. My first intro or rather look at at this dish, was when I had met another blogger in a restaurant. While I don’t remember what I ordered, I distinctly remember what my companion ordered, as it was the first time I was actually looking at a Lasagna. I didn’t taste as it had eggs in them. It was during the early years of blogging and I was just getting familiarized to western cuisines. Lasagna is not something one would miss, unfortunately every single recipe calls for egg.
After my detailed research, I really wondered why would one want to have eggs in this, when a perfect eggless version is possible. But it’s only obvious that others don’t mind including eggs in their dishes. Now after all this talk about lasagna, you must assume I made it right? Wrong, with my ever prevalent procrastination, I simply postponed to do this for a later day. Imagine my surprise when all of a sudden I realized that I was on K and my L was not even ready!
Even over this weekend, when I seemed to have had enough time on hand or rather bent on completing my remaining letters, I took up others and not this. So I was in for a deep ditch at the last moment. Maybe this is why unconsciously I also had another easy one on hand.
It just so happened that I was also looking at other recipes with L and landed with a perfect eggless version of latkes. I was on my international/ fusion slot and naturally all the international dishes I went through had eggs in them. And I am not so great fan of fusion food, atleast not what I might do with chocolates.
Now coming to latkes, Latkes are traditionally eaten by Jews during the Hanukkah festival. The main ingredients include Potatoes, flour, chicken egg, cooking oil. The word “latke” itself is derived from the Russian/Ukrainian word meaning “patch.” These are also referred as Potato pancakes, which are shallow-fried pancakes of grated or ground potato, flour and egg, often flavored with grated onion or garlic and seasoning. Potato pancakes may be topped with a variety of condiments, ranging from the savory (such as sour cream or cottage cheese) to the sweet (such as apple sauce or sugar), or they may be served ungarnished. Potato pancakes are sometimes made from mashed potatoes to produce pancake-shaped croquettes. source wiki
Finally after removing the lasagna recipes from my sheet, I moved on to look at the Laktes and decided this is simply such an easy dish to make. I made this after coming home from work and it took just about 30 mins for the entire dish to be completed. Everybody loved it and of course I was trying to get hubby dear to eat it. He asked if it was Aloo tikkis.
I said no, he was still waiting to hear me give him more details. On explaining that this is a Jewish dish, and quite popular, he gave me a look and asked why was I so bent on getting all never before heard recipes. Well I couldn’t share the info that this was for letter L and that too on international theme. When Konda was helping me click some of the pictures, she asked me which letter this was and I confided it was for L.
So here it is for L, I have Latkes
Latkes | Potato Pancakes
Potatoes, grated – 2 cups / 4 medium
Onions – 1 cup
Salt to taste
Red Chili flakes – 2 tsp
Corn flour – 1/2 cup
Oil as needed
How to make the Laktes
Peel the raw potatoes and grate 2 potatoes through a large holes of a grater and the other 2 through a thinner grater.
Squeeze potatoes to extract as much liquid as possible and transfer to a medium bowl.
Add the finely chopped onion, salt, chili flakes and cornstarch and stir with a fork till potatoes are evenly coated.
Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat and drop tablespoons of the potato mixture in the hot oil.
Flatten the latkes lightly and cook till golden brown on both sides.
Serve immediately with cream cheese, ketchup or chutney.
These make a great evening snack as these are really very easy and quick to make.