Eti’s Latkes for Chanukkah

Latkes from the kitchen

by Eti Choresh

Latkes are a traditional recipe for Chanukah. This means we eat oily food in order to be reminded of the oil that was found in the Temple after the terrible struggle for survival of Israel against the dictator Anthiochus.Eti Choresh is a great cook and she loves to invent her own recipes. She is very creative in cooking and an inspiration for all of us women for Eti always cooks without a cookbook. She does not even own one. To try to cook without cookbooks is an inspiration for all of us.

Eti is an expert in embroidery. She teaches in Israel and Europe. You can invite Eti to give workshops. Also see Eti’s article on embroidery on this website in the category: women in art. You can find her email address in her article on Yemenite embroidery.

She is also a great singer. Her husband Yakov is a pianist and they both give concerts with songs about the land of Israel and their love for the G-d of Israel. They live in Israel and Eti is born there. She is a mother of three daughters and grandmother of four grandchildren.

Ingredients for latkes:
1 big onion
3-4 peeled potatoes
2 medium size sweet potatoes
2 eggs
about halve a tsp. salt
about ¾ tsp. black pepper
handful of chopped parsley
handful of chopped green coriander
about ¾ of a tsp. of cumin
about halve a spoon of sweet paprika
¾ tsp. of turmeric
1 tbsp. brown sugar

Grate the onions and potatoes and also the sweet potatoes with a big size grater. Let it stay for a few minutes and take another bowl and squeeze the liquid out and put it in another bowl. Now add the eggs and all the spices. And have a little skillet with a little oil.
Make little flat cakes in your hands and put them in the heated oil in the pan. Fry them nicely brown and turn them over to the other side. When you take them out of the oil put them on paper to drain the oil. These latkes can be eaten either salt or sweet. Mostly Eti serves them with a milky meal. Latkes can also be served with a meaty meal.