Potato Latkes (Draniki) Recipe

Potato Latkes or Dranki as Russians call them are pancakes made of finely shredded potatoes, egg and some flour. They are delicious served with some sour cream, or apple sauce. Make sure to double the recipe, if you’re making them for a family, that is if you want to get a taste too 😉

Potato Latkes or Draniki are made by mixing shredded potatoes with egg and flour, then frying on both sides until crispy. Serve them with sour cream or applesauce - your choice!

The wonderful fried potato pancakes go by many names. In my home, we called them draniki, or kartoflyaniki, some people call them potato pancakes, and in the jewish cuisine they’re called potato latkes. Different name, but all the same deliciousness.  All made with shredded potatoes and all equally wonderful.

Potato Latkes taste just like pan-fried potatoes, but crispy in every single bite. Add sour cream to that, and you’ve just transferred yourself to a potato heaven. It really doesn’t get any better than this. To me, they’re the ultimate comfort food. It’s what my grandma used to make for breakfast and that was just one of the many reasons, why I loved my grandma. She was awesome like that.

When frying the potato latkes, make sure to spread the batter relatively thin, as that makes the pancakes crispy and which is the best part about these! I always fry and serve them at the same time. Meaning, my daughter and husband are right there ready to get them super crispy, right from the skillet.

Having two skillets going at the same time makes this process faster. As the potato pancakes sit, they become softer, that is why having a conveyor belt of frying and eating right away works out the best, ha!

I make Potato Latkes extremely rare, but when I do, I make sure to make a lot and invite some family over to enjoy them together. I mean, with the amount of calories this thing has, might as well feel guilty as a group, ha!

Hope you make them and treat your family to my favorite recipe of these Potato Latkes or draniki!


Potato Latkes (Draniki)

Potato Latkes or Draniki are made by mixing shredded potatoes with egg and flour, then frying on both sides until crispy. Serve them with sour cream or applesauce - your choice! Make sure to double the recipe if you're making them for a family, that is if you want to get a taste yourself 😉 

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Appetizer, dinner, Snack
Cuisine: Jewish, Russian, Ukrainian
Calories: 62 kcal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


Ingredients for Potato Latkes (Draniki)


How to make Potato Latkes (Draniki)

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and grind until it resembles batter with no large chunks, about 4 minutes.

    Alternatively, grate the potatoes and onion on the star grater until a fine puree forms. Then add the rest of the ingredients and whisk together. 

  2. Heat couple tablespoons of oil in a skillet, add a large spoonful of ‘potato pancake batter’. Brown on each side (about 3-4 minutes per side) covered with a lid.

  3. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve right away, with sour cream or applesauce.

  4. Finish the rest of the batter, in the above-described manner.
    You should get about 16-20 potato latkes.
Nutrition Facts
Potato Latkes (Draniki)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 222mg 9%
Potassium 185mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin C 6.6%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    How do you keep the potatoes from turning grey towards the end. I make a triple batch and by the time I get to the last few to cook they are grey. Thank you

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  • Stacy

    Thank you for this recipe. I just cooked these tonight. I followed the recipe just as you dictated and I was very happy. I have always loved potato pancakes, but outside of IHOP I have lost track of places to order them. On top of which, every recipe I ever saw indicated grating the potatoes on a box grater and then straining. I was discouraged by these steps and so I was really pleased to see your version. Thanks again.

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  • Isabelle

    Do you have to cook the potatoes before you put them in the blender?

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    • Nope, you put them raw. Just quarter them and put in the blender, then process until they’re puree-like. They cook when you fry them on the frying pan.

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  • Hideko

    Dale Dec 14, 2012 – Been frying our latka’s ouisdte for years. Got a GIANT frying pan to fit on our deep fryer burner. Can do about 18 at a time and no stink in the house!

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    • That’s an awesome idea! Now I just need to find a house with a back yard first))
      Thanks for your comment!

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