Yield: 1 1/2 dozen
Prep: 10 mins to
Cook: 25 mins to
- 1 large baking potato (about 10 oz), peeled and quartered lengthwise
- 1/2 onion, peeled and quartered
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 egg
- Coarse salt and pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- EVOO or peanut oil, for frying
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 large carrots (about 6 oz)
- Using a food processor fitted with a coarse grating disk, grate the potato and onion; discard any large pieces. Transfer the mixture to a clean dish towel and squeeze out any excess liquid, then transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the flour, egg, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper and the baking powder.
- Soak 1/2 cup raisins in 1/4 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; drain and chop. Zest half a lemon. Remove remaining peel and pith from lemon half, then finely chop 1 tbsp. of the fruit. Combine raisins, zest, lemon, 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro, 1/4 tsp. ground cumin, pinch cayenne and pinch salt. To food processor, add 2 large carrots (about 6 oz.) with potato and onion.
- In a medium skillet, heat 1/4 inch oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in 5 to 6 batches, drop 2-tbsp. scoops of batter into the pan about 2 inches apart. Using a spatula, flatten the batter into disks. Cook, turning once, until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. (Lower the heat if the latkes darken too quickly.) Drain on paper towels. Serve with raisin topping.