Cabbage-and-potato fritters

Cabbage-and-potato fritters

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  • 10
  • Easy
  • Meat-free
  • 15 minutes, plus 30 minutes’ chilling time
  • 20 minutes

Fry these cabbage-and-potato fritters in butter for lovely crispy edges, and serve with lashings of atchar. To make a vegan version, omit the egg and substitute the butter with olive oil. If omitting the egg, handle with care. They're a little more delicate – but still delicious – without it.


  • 2 Woolworths large Apache potatoes
  • 2 T butter
  • 5 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1/2 t dried thyme
  • 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 1 cup cabbage, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 T flour
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 large free-range egg yolk
  • sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • atchar or mayonnaise, for serving

Cooking Instructions

1. Place the potatoes on a plate and microwave on 100% power for 5 minutes. There’s no need to add water, and do not peel the potatoes.

2. Allow the potatoes to cool to room temperature, then chill for 30 minutes.

3. Once chilled, grate the potatoes (with the skin on) into a bowl. The skin will form crispy pieces in the fritters when fried.

4. Melt the butter in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the spring onions, chilli, thyme, cumin and cabbage. Sauté for 5 minutes.

5. Add the cabbage mixture and the flour to the potatoes. Season, then add the olive oil and egg yolk. Stir well. Shape the mixture into fritters using your hands or a cookie cutter.

6. Fry over a high heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side. Serve with atchar, mayonnaise or your condiment of choice.

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Photograph: Sadiqah Assur-Ismail
Production: Bianca Strydom
Food assistant: Ellah Maepa

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The late, great Lesego Semenya aka Les da Chef was famous for his braai skills, devotion to heritage recipes and ingredients, and as a television host. He was the author of "Dijo: My food, my journey", a regular columnist for the TASTE magazine and host of TASTETube videos.

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