Vegan Potato Latkes or Vegan Potato Pancakes are easy and delicious vegan potato dishes. Make them for your breakfast or as sides, vegan potato pancakes are yummy with crispy sides and a softer center.
Originally latkes are Jewish Potato Pancakes. These are pan-fried potato pancakes. Authentically Latkes are made with shredded potatoes, eggs, onions, and salt. Often flour, breadcrumbs are used for binding purposes. Eggs also help in binding potatoes. And no Hanukkah celebration is complete with these tiny golden potato latkes.
But the vegan version of these latkes or pancakes has no eggs. Here we are using little flour to bind the potatoes to give them the shape of pancakes so that they won't fall apart while making.
These little vegan potato pancakes are not only quick and easy but also the best vegan potato appetizers. Savory and crispy latkes are perfect for any occasion. This is an easy weekend breakfast recipe also. I don't make them on my weekdays as it's a little tricky than my lazy vegan recipes.
These potato pancakes are kid-friendly as well. Who doesn't like potatoes on this earth!! I just love any potato dishes. Read my vegan potato recipes collection on this blog. They are super easy and delicious too. You will love em all.
These potato pancakes are addictive in fact. For me at least. But again health is wealth and that's why we have to limit our unhealthy snack options. 1 or 2 of these potato pancakes are enough at one time. You can try baking them in an oven or air fryer as well.
How to make vegan potato latkes (Potato Pancakes)?
Potato latkes (pancakes) are easy to make but there are a few tricks to follow to make the latkes perfect every time you make them. This is a vegan recipe. Hence we are not adding any eggs, dairy products.
Step 1 - Shred the potatoes
Before grating the potatoes, you need to wash and peel the potatoes well. Then start grating it using either a food processor or manually using a large perforated cheese grater. This is because the thicker chunks make the latkes crispier.
Fine graters will not deliver a good result in this case. In such a case, the potatoes will become mashy and will spoil the whole recipe.
Immerse the grated potatoes in ice-cold water for 10 minutes. Cold potatoes make crispier snacks just like my homemade potato chips. However, this step is completely optional.
Step 2 - Take out excess water from potatoes
The main task in making latkes is making the potatoes dry. That means you need to grate the potatoes first. Next, take all in a cheesecloth.
And squeeze hard and make sure you squeezed out the maximum amount of liquid in this process. Otherwise, you will have to add more flour to bind it properly.
Step 3 - Add the flour and seasoning
To the squeezed potatoes, add in flour, salt, pepper, and any other seasoning if you want.
Step 4 - Pan Fry Latkes/ Pancakes
Now place a heaped spoon of the flour mixture on the hot pan. Make sure the pan is hot enough before placing the mixture on it. Press it with the help of a spatula or spoon to spread the batter lightly and make an even top with 1/4 inch thickness.
Air Fryer Potato Latkes
Preheat the air fryer at 400 F for 4 minutes. Spray the basket with oil or place a parchment paper inside (after preheating). Place the potato cakes in the air fryer basket. Start the air fryer at 400 F for 7 minutes. Then flip the latkes and again cook for 4 - 5 minutes till it's crispy and turns golden brown. Timing may vary by 2 - 3 minutes since every air fryer is different and cooks differently.
Other possible variations:
To make it an even healthier option, add whatever veggies you want to add like grated zucchini, carrots, etc. While writing this post I have another recipe idea in mind. I will replace potatoes with shredded cabbage. That will too turn out crispy and crunchy. Check out this zucchini fritters recipe.
Substitute for gluten-free latkes: Replace refined flour with chickpeas flour/tapioca flour/almond flour/rice flour. Gluten-free flour makes it crispier also.
How to serve vegan potato latkes (potato Pancakes)?
Serve these latkes hot. Don't make it in advance and reheat as reheating won't make it crisp like when it's hot.
Serve the potato latkes or potato pancakes with classic sour cream. Or use any dip of your choice. This may go well with spicy tomato ketchup, peri-peri sauce, or spicy chipotle dip. I love any of my fritters with hot spicy dips especially peri peri dip.
Which potatoes are best for latkes/ potato pancakes?
High-starch potatoes like Russet potatoes are best for these pancakes. Because of high starch, the latkes won't fall apart and at the same time would require less flour for binding.
Read similar healthy appetizers and finger foods for kids. e.g. paneer corn seekh kabab, potato lollipop, veg shammi kabab, crispy onion fritters, cheesy spinach balls, crispy corn chat, cheesy onion fritters.
Recipe For Vegan Potato Latkes (Potato Pancakes)
Potato Latkes/ Potato Pancakes
- Peel the skin of potatoes.
- Wash off and grate potatoes using a large perforated cheese grater or food processor.
- Now squeeze out as much water as you can using a paper napkin.
- Mix all ingredients mentioned above. (except oil)
- Stir the mixture well.
- Heat some oil in a pan.
- When the oil is hot put 2 tbsp of batter and spread it lightly by pressing with the backside of the spoon.
- Flip to other side and pan fry till both sides are golden and crisp.
- Remove from oil and place on a paper napkin to soak excess oil.
- Serve them hot with your favourite dip or sauce.
Air Fryer Potato Latkes
- Preheat the air fryer at 400 F for 4 minutes.
- Place the potato cakes in the air fryer basket.
- Start the air fryer at 400 F for 7 minutes.
- Then flip the latkes and again cook for 4 - 5 minutes till it's crispy and cooked.
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