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Golden Turmeric Latkes with Applesauce

November/December 2010

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These crispy-on-the-outside-and-tender-on-the-inside latkes are delicious paired with a subtly spicy clove-scented applesauce.


Golden Turmeric Latkes with Applesauce

Makes: 6 servings, 2 latkes each

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Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

Latkes

  • 2 cups shredded peeled russet potatoes
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 fresh green serrano chiles, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour (see Note) or unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

Preparation

  1. To prepare sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and cook, stirring, until light brown and aromatic, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in turmeric and cloves. Cook until the spices are fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute more. Scrape the spices into the applesauce in a small bowl and stir well to combine.
  2. Preheat oven to 200°F. Place a baking sheet in the oven.
  3. To prepare latkes: Thoroughly mix potatoes, onion, chiles to taste, cilantro, flour, cumin, salt, turmeric and eggs in a large bowl.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Place a heaping tablespoon of the potato mixture in the skillet and flatten with a spatula into a disk roughly 3 inches in diameter. Form as many latkes as you can in the pan without overcrowding. Cook until golden brown and crispy on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the other side is golden brown and crispy, 3 to 5 minutes. Briefly drain on a paper towel-lined plate, then transfer to the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining oil and potato mixture.
  5. Serve the latkes with the seasoned applesauce.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the sauce (Step 1) for up to 3 days.
  • Note: Chickpea flour, or garbanzo bean flour, is commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking. It’s a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. Look for it in the gluten-free or bulk-foods section of large supermarkets and natural-foods stores or online at bobsredmill.com.

Nutrition

Per serving: 187 calories; 9 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 71 mg cholesterol; 22 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 5 g protein; 3 g fiber; 221 mg sodium; 327 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1 1/2 fat


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