Potato and Leek Pancakes

These are like fritters, but for the sake of my fussy Miss 3 we call them pancakes and she loves them. They are great as an accompaniment to a main meal,  for brunch or as an easy dinner just on their own. They are quick to make in the Thermomix and suitable for the failsafe diet. The great thing is they hold their shape like a pancake when cooking and don’t crumble apart.  I usually serve them with Pear Ketchup and salt, but the other night since discovering Vanilla Salt I tried that sprinkled on them and it was really good!

1 leek
1 clove garlic
130g chickpeas
700g potatoes, peeled and chopped into chunks
Sprinkle of chives
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
100g plain or rice flour
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil for frying

Add leek, garlic, chickpeas to Thermomix bowl. Chop on speed 7 for 5 seconds. Add potatoes, chives and salt, chop for another 5 seconds on speed 7. Scrape down sides with spatula, if there are any pieces of potato push down onto the blades and chop on speed 7 for another 2 seconds.

Add eggs and flour. Mix on reverse speed 4 for 10 seconds to combine the ingredients.

Heat oil in a frying pan. Gently pour heaped tablespoons of the mixture into the pan and cook on each side until lightly browned. Continue with the remainder of the mixture and rest on paper towel to drain off any excess oil.

Makes approx. 20 fritters.



  1. Without a thermomix, would the potatoes and leek need to be pre-cooked?

    • Hi Colleen, pre-thermomix days I used to use a recipe that used cooked mashed potato and I always had a problem with it falling apart so I stopped making them. I do not have a blender to give it a go at doing it this method to see if it would work. I know of other recipes that grate the potato without cooking it first. If you can get the leek fine enough it wouldn’t need to be cooked. Please let me know how you go. 🙂

  2. Do you use canned chickpeas or uncooked?

  3. I made these tonight. Only did a half sized batch, but turned out perfectly & very yummy! Thanks.

  4. I made these for lunch today and they were delicious. Thanks so much!

  5. They sound great, have you ever put a batch in the freezer? Wondering if they would be suitable for a big batch cooking.

    • Hi Clarissa, I haven’t tried freezing them as yet, they don’t last long enough to make it to the freezer. I will try next time I make them. Please let me know how they go if you try freezing them. Ta.

  6. Could you omit the chickpeas? Would the recipe still work?

    • Hi Kellie, The recipe should be fine without the chickpeas, although I haven’t tried it. I just love to take any opportunity to get extra hidden nutrition and protein into my kids. Please let me know how it turns out 🙂

  7. Hello,

    This recipe looks great. We need to avoid eggs though so I was wondering if you’ve ever tried it with an egg substitute?


    • Hi Bany, We are ok with eggs, so I have never actually tried using egg substitute. If you do give it a go, please let me know how you go. 🙂

    • Hi Rona, I made a batch using egg replacement powder. They were delicious and cooked perfectly. I’m vegan so am always adapting recipes.

  8. I wonder if grating raw potato and leek would work better for those without a thermomix? Will try it next week ?

  9. Hi.. can i ask if you can use butter to cook these fritters instead of vegetable oil?

    • Hi, yes you can use butter to cook them. 🙂

    • Ok wow, I’m doing a big batch of your recipes so that we are successful in our attempt at failsafe. So far I’ve just made these, which are delicious and somewhere between a hash brown and savoury pancake/fritter. Owning a thermomix there weren’t many recipes out there that used one. So happy I found your site!!

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