Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Almond Latkes with Cashew Sour Cream- vegan, gluten free, suitable for Ekadasi

Crispy latkes with a dollop of cashew sour cream- mmmm! (The black dots on the cream are pepper)
Latkes/ rosti are a staple in our house whenever anyone has to go out to work on Ekadasi or for a simple meal at home with a salad of cucumber, radish and olives. They would be a delicious addition to any farali (grain and bean-free) feast on a Vishnu-Tattva appearance day such as Sri Krishna Janmasthami -28.8.13- or in fact any time as a brunch. Instead of the traditional beaten egg, we have used a few ground almonds to hold the latkes together. The best potatoes to use seem to be the starchiest ones like baking potatoes, but our waxier homegrown  Red Duke of York are just as good, and tastier because they are organic.
There really is no need for a proper recipe, as these latkes are so simple to put together and you just adjust the quantities according to how many you want to make and your personal taste for the seasonings. Below the next picture you will find some instructions on how to make the latkes and the "sour cream":


Latkes:
potatoes (about 1 medium-sized per latke)
a handful of ground almonds per 6-8 latkes (depending on size)
turmeric, seasalt and black pepper to taste
some olive oil for baking
  • Grate the potatoes (for large amounts, using a food processor is easiest).
  • If the potatoes are quite wet, squeeze the water out with your hands.
  • Mix with the ground almonds and seasonings.
  • Place balls of the mixture on an oiled baking sheet and press into patties with a spatula.
  • Bake until golden-brown on both sides and crispy at the edges in an oven preheated to 200C.
Cashew Sour Cream:
This is really easy! Simply grind cashews finely and whizz up with enough water to make a thick, creamy paste. Then add a little salt and some lemon juice until you get the desired sourness. We added a little black pepper as well.

Serve the latkes hot from the oven with a generous dollop of cashew sour cream- yum!





8 comments:

  1. I have a bag of potatoes from the allotment... I now know what to make :)

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  2. Wow! Looks delicious! I love the sour cream on top! :D http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

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  3. I <3 rosti! I had my first rosti in Manila (it was at Mandarin Oriental Hotel and one of the European chefs made it vegan for us). Interesting that you used ground almonds to hold the latkes/rosti together...and wow, these look so good!

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    1. Thanks Rika, and I like your rosti story- ground almonds aren't the obvious thing to hold them together, but somehow they seem to work! I think the trick is not to use too many or the whole thing loses it's crunch.

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  4. Loved that dollop of sour cream. Nice one

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  5. Its been a a long while since I've made latkes and this may be something I may make in the next couple of weeks, intrigued by the addition of almonds in yours. and I am liking the cashew cream, I've only made cashew cream once as I find cashews quite pricey, but they are worth having to make home-made cream. You know, I Just may have to make this entire dish soon.

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  6. that's a nice one...love the cashew cream dip..

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