November 22, 2012

Vegan Potato Latkes (Potato Pancakes) Recipe

The concept of Thanksgiving was alien to me until a few years ago. When I went to US to study, it was quite intriguing and fun to just watch, with how much gusto people over there celebrate their holidays from now onwards till New Year. Many meticulously plan their Thanksgiving dinners ,looking forward to  entertain their out-of-town relatives and get into the spirit of the season. I have seen that most of them are quite nervous about how their family would react to the food that's served!. ;-).

I personally don't celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday, but I love the spirit of it. As I said in my last year's post, where I made some Rosemary Cheese Biscuits - "Its a time for remembering, cherishing and being thankful for all the wonderful things one has been blessed with". Indeed am surrounded with tons of positive minded people who became pillars of strength during my good and bad times!

a painting made by a little girl Kavita from Vaidehi Ashram.
This year I am particularly thankful to the wonderful readers of this blog. Thank you for being a part of my little journey, reading what I write and just supporting the cause I truly believed in. It still feels like a dream that I was able to raise about 4.5 Lakh Rupees through two Fund Drives this year and helped those little girls at the Ashram.

Thank YOU for having faith in me and trusting me. On this happy occasion of Thanksgiving, I am so super excited to announce that the entire amount of Rs 3,20,107 raised from the Fund Drive held in February 2012 has been spent for the children of Vaidehi Ashram with the recent of cheque of Rs 50,700 as their school fees. Click here for more details on how the money was spent. Words cannot describe how happy they are for the love and support you guys have showered on them.

Our responsibility to give the girls a better future doesn't end here. There is a constant need of funds for Kid's Education Fund (Vidya Nidhi) as every month more than 25,000 Rupees has to be paid as school fees for about 100+ school going girls. If you wish to lend a helping hand to the girls at the Ashram, please feel free to send me an email at - info[dot]siri[at]gmail[dot]com. I will be happy to coordinate in any which way you want to contribute. Thanks in advance. :-)

For most of the Thanksgiving meals must-have is a potato dish on the menu. Hence, here is a super simple, quick to make recipe - Vegan Potato Latkes (Potato Pancakes). Serve it with any kind of accompaniment or just as-is. These taste best when served warm.

potato pancakes on the griddle!

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas:

Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffin with Easy Vegetarian Bean Chilli Recipe
Chocolate Coffee Almond Blondies
Indian Tater Tots
Rosemary Cheese Biscuits 
Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Gremolata 
Thanksgiving Meal: Baked Broccoli Rice Supreme, and Stuffed Bell Peppers 

{Recipe} Vegan Potato Latkes (Potato Pancakes) 

Makes around 10 small pancakes

Adapted from Vegnews


2 big potatoes (~ 500 gms)
1 small onion, grated
1/4 cup all purpose flour
few tablespoons of chopped coriander/cilantro
salt -to taste
(Optional spices) - 1 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder
few tbsp of oil, for shallow frying.


1. Peel and grate the potatoes. Squeeze out excess liquid from the potatoes. Place the grated potatoes in a bowl and add grated onion, flour, cilantro, salt, cumin powder, chilli powder and coriander powder. Mix well. Don't add any water.

2. In a skillet, add a tbsp of oil. Take a heaping tablespoon of batter and flatten it before gently placing it in hot oil. Make three or four more potato pancakes and add to skillet without crowding pan. Cook on low-medium heat until golden brown on both sides.

3. Repeat with remaining potato mixture, adding more oil as necessary. Remove cooked potato pancakes to paper towels to drain excess oil. Transfer to an ovenproof platter (if serving a little later) and keep warm in oven until all pancakes are cooked. Serve.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving 2012.

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  1. Siri garu,

    Meru chala manchi pani chestunnaru..anduku enthina abhinandinchali..Edina ok pani cheyali ante ilantidi daniki entho sraddha,dedication,oorpu busy schedule lo kuda ivanni meru cheyagalgurhunnarante chala sntoshamg undi,mimalni spoorthi g teskovali..Hats off you,a silent reader of your blog...


  2. These are so crispy, usually have potatoes at home, must try this over the weekend!

  3. These look delish! I can't wait to try them!

  4. I have been reading about latkes way to often. Gotta make these soon.

  5. I have bookmarked this in from Vegetarian Bible.....but I forgot to make these....would love to give it a try...looks yum....Love the way you are sharing the updates of Ashram.....Keep up the good work.....

  6. looks so yummy! bookmarked

  7. Hi! These latkes are awesome! Do you think it would be alright if I froze them for later enjoyment?

    1. Hi JC, Absolutely. Make some ahead of time (don't shallow fry yet) and freeze between parchment paper. When ready, just heat a little oil and shallow fry them. Don't thaw. Hope this helps. :-)


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