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Vegetarian Sweet Potato Fritters (Filipino 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

Filipino camote ukoy

What Are Camote Ukoy?

Ukoy are Filipino vegetable fritters, and camote is the Tagalog term for sweet potato. Camote ukoy, therefore, are sweet potato fritters.

I grew up with this typical Filipino comfort food because my mom used to make it often for us. This dish is served in nearly every household and restaurant in the Philippines. Now that I'm living in the United States, I make this dish for myself and my family.

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

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

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, julienned

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Slowly add the liquids to the mixture and stir until smooth (refer to photos below).
  3. Stir in the vegetables (refer to photos below).
  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 (refer to photos below).
  6. Transfer the fritters from the frying pan to a metal rack to drain the excess oil.
  7. Serve with your favorite sauce.

Photo Instructions

Mix the dry and liquid ingredients until smooh.

Mix the dry and liquid ingredients until smooh.

Stir in the vegetables

Stir in the vegetables

Spoon mixture into hot oil and fry on each side until brown.

Spoon mixture into hot oil and fry on each side until brown.

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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