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‘Uala latkes

March 5, 2015

As my Throwback Thursday, I’m making a tribute to my “How to cook ‘Uala” post with a latke recipe.

Latkes are traditionally prepared with regular potatoes, for the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. Basically they are potato pancakes that are comprised of a mixture of potatoes, egg and onions and pan fried until crispy, usually served with a dollop of sour cream or applesauce. I figured it was time that I put a spin on this by using my favorite starch: the ‘uala. Considering many island desserts use coconut along with this Hawaiian/Okinawan sweet potato, I chose to use coconut as the flour and oil accompaniments to this recipe. I could not have been happier about the coconutty and starchy results.


The latke pictured above is a little burnt since I was running low on oil for my last batch. I dislike using too much additional oil on final batches because any leftover oils left in the pan after cooking goes to waste. Plus, I was being a very silly and ravenous person and had already eaten the first batch while cooking the second. Directions below indicate proper amounts of cooking oil that don’t skimp like I do, assuming also using a pan big enough to fit enough batter for just two batches.

1 lb ‘uala
1 egg
1 Tbsp coconut flour
1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp coconut oil

(1) Peel the ‘uala. Shred and squeeze out any excess moisture on paper towels. Combine with egg, coconut flour, salt, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
(2) Heat 1 Tbsp coconut oil on medium-high in a pan. After a few minutes when it is hot, drop large scoops of the batter into the pan. Flatten to 1/2-inch thick rounds with diameter of approximately 4 inches. Cover and fry for about 4 minutes or when the edges start to brown.
(3) Flip the pancakes over and continue to fry, covered, an additional 2-3 minutes. Transfer latkes to a plate.
(4) Heat the other 1 Tbsp of coconut oil in the pan and repeat the cooking process until the remaining latkes have been formed and cooked.
(5) Turn off stove and allow the latkes to cool slightly before serving.


Dai Dai

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