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Vegetarian Sweet Potato Fritters(Philippine Camote Ukoy)

As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.

Filipino Camote Ukoy

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What Are Camote Ukoy?

Ukoy are Filipino vegetable fritters. Camote is the Tagalog term for sweet potato. A typical Filipino comfort food, this dish is served in nearly every household and restaurant in the Philippines.

In order to make ukoy, shredded vegetables are mixed in a batter and then deep-fried. The dish is traditionally served with vinegar as a dipping sauce, but it also goes well with other sauces, such as sweet and sour, sweet chili, or even sriracha sauce. Give it a try and add your own twist to it!

Cook Time

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10 min

15 min

25 min

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 cup sweet potato, julienne

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Slowly add the liquids to the mixture and stir until smooth.
  3. Stir in the vegetables.
  4. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  5. Place 3 tablespoons of the ukoy mixture into the frying pan and fry for 3 minutes on each side, until brown and crispy.
  6. Transfer the fritters from the frying pan to a metal rack to drain the excess oil.
  7. Serve with your favorite sauce.

Variations

  • Replace sweet potatoes with mung bean sprouts or julienned carrots.
  • Add color with 1 teaspoon of ground annatto seeds.
  • Add chopped onions to the mixture.
  • Use fish sauce instead of salt.
  • Add shrimp, if you prefer.

Comments

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 16, 2021:

I recently found interest in vegetables such foods sounds delicious. This would make anyone want to eat more than they should have.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on April 15, 2021:

I've never tried a shredded vegetable in batter dish. Looks so easy to make too.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 14, 2021:

Sounds like a good and easy to make snack! I would love to try this!

Thank you for sharing the detailed instructions!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 14, 2021:

As Peggy says, the fritters sound crunchy. I love foods that are flavourful and crunchy. I think your vegetable fritters would be delicious.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2021:

Your recipe sounds crunchy and good. Thanks!

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