Tikka Masala Latkes with Mint Yogurt Sauce
- 2 lbs Russet Burbank Idaho® potatoes
- 1 large yellow onion
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons tikka masala spice mix (see below)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- vegetable oil for frying
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
- 1 lemon, juiced
Tikka Masala Spice Mix
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- Preheat oven to 250°F.
- In a small bowl combine the spices for the tikka masala mix and set aside.
- Peel the potatoes and onion, grate either by hand on a box grater or use the shredding blade on your food processor.
- Place the grated potato and onion in a large bowl lined with a tea towel and squeeze all excess liquid.
- Remove the liquid from the bowl, trying to leave the potato starch at the bottom if possible and, add the potatoes.
- Mix in the flour, salt, spice mix and baking powder. Toss to coat everything.
- Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat with enough oil to cover the bottom.
- Check to see if the oil is hot enough by placing a small amount of potato in the skillet; if it sizzles immediately you are good to go.
- Scoop about ¼ to ⅓ cup potato mix from the bowl, squeeze to drain any excess moisture that may have accumulated and flatten into a round disc. Gently place in the oil and fry about 3-4 minutes per side or until crispy. Depending on the size of your skillet, fry about 3-4 latkes at a time. You do not want to crowd the skillet while cooking.
- Once finished, transfer the latkes to a paper towel-lined tray and sprinkle with kosher salt. Keep warm in the heated oven. Repeat with the remaining potatoes.
- After the latkes are cooked, prepare the sauce by mixing the yogurt, chopped mint and lemon juice in a small bowl. Season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper.
- Serve the latkes with the sauce on the side. Latkes can be made in advance and either frozen in a single layer or stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Heat in the oven to crisp up before serving.