Draniki, deruny, potato pancakes – these are definitely to be left in the past – that’s what those who switched to keto would think. But they aren’t! Here’s a genius recipe for keto fritters.
Draniki is potato fritters. But keto and potatoes are not compatible. Goodbye, the love of my life! For seven long years, I lived without any potato pancakes. One day it occurred to me that since we were replacing potatoes with fresh avocado in Olivier salad and Herring under a fur coat, we could try making potato pancakes with it, too. While I was thinking, my fellow Elfkitchen blog creator Lilia Voronina grated some avocados and made keto fritters.
I loved draniki so much before I switched to keto that I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was the first dish I learned to make on my own. Of course, peeling and grating a bag of potatoes for them didn’t make me feel enthusiastic. And these potato draniki marathons my best friend and I used to hold!
I immediately started using Lili’s recipe for breakfast and lunch-dinner. No third meal was needed. Especially since I’ve changed the recipe a little bit and it has turned out to be a super hearty version which I’m sharing now. And the original is here.
Important point: though a little unripe avocado can be grated like a potato, it’s a little bit bitter when fried, better use perfectly ripe fruit for this recipe.
What is draniki?
Draniki is a Belarusian national dish made of potatoes, resembling pancakes. In Ukraine, they are called deruny.
For draniki raw potatoes are grated on a fine grater and used together with the released juice.
Onions are grated on the same grater alternately with potatoes, which does not let them darken. Kefir can also be used for this purpose: a small amount is poured into a bowl and grated potatoes are put into it while the next portion is being prepared.
Sometimes minced meat or squeezed cottage cheese is added to the raw potato mixture.
You can experiment with the dish by using avocado as a base.
- 280 g avocado
- 2 egg
- 50 g cheese (grated)
- 20 g onion
- 40 g ground chicken
- salt, pepper, spices (to taste)
- 30 g butter
- Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit and peel it. Grate or mash with a fork.
- Grate the cheese and mix it with the stuffing, avocado, and egg. The onion can be finely chopped or grated. Mix everything, add salt, and pepper.
- Bake on a heated frying pan in butter. Serve with fatty sour cream.