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Beet Latkes

Updated: 2 days ago

We fill the Chanukah table with oil-fried food to celebrate the miracle of the tiny can of pure oil, found in the temple in Jerusalem after the Jews reclaimed it from the Greek occupation. It contained barely enough oil to light the temple lamps for one day, but miraculously provided eight days of light.

Potatoes latkes may be Chanukah's classics, but for the rest of the holiday nights, we bring other vegetable-based latkes to the table, that we bake instead of fry. We like to use beets or carrots because oven-roasting enhances their sweetness. Our recipe is gluten-free and eggless, it's simple and can be easily prepared in advance. It's a great finger food that could be enjoyed also outside of the context of Chanukah. Serve it with a dollop of tahini sauce or Labneh cheese and top off with sweettahini's dukkah blend.

Makes 12-16 latkes


  • 2 medium size beets (about 450 gr total ), grated. Use carrot instead, if desired.

  • 1 small onion, grated.

  • 3 Tablespoons tahini paste

  • 1/2 cup chickpea or lentil flour (or any other gluten-free or grain flour)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Oil - for greasing

  • For serving - tahini sauce or labneh yogurt and sweettahini's savory dukkah.


  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

  2. Grease (or oil-spray) a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  3. Grab a portion of the mixture with your hands, shape it into a ball, and squeeze to get rid of excess liquid (if any). Then press tight to form a thin patty, and place on the greased parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.

  4. Bake in a preheated oven to 360 degrees F. for about 20 minutes. then flip the latkes and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

  5. Serve with tahini sauce or labneh cheese, and dukkah .

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