Dec 29, 2016  By Jewish National Fund  Category: Blueprint Negev,

In the JNF Kitchen: Cauliflower latkes from the Arava

All latked out yet? We have the perfect antidote -- cauliflower latkes from the Central Arava Regional CouncilThe Arava is a key focus of JNF's Blueprint Negev initiative, which aims to bring communities to Israel's south, away from the congested, highly priced center of the country.

The Central Arava is a wonderful place to visit, live, raise a family -- and run a farm! What residents in the area lack in natural resources, they make up for in ingenious agricultural solutions. All year round, the tastiest peppers, artichokes, melons, and cucumbers come out of the Central Arava.

More on the Central Arava:
The magic that is life in the Arava desert: One family's story
In the JNF kitchen: Colorful salad featuring flavors of the Arava desert

Enjoy this #Recipeoftheweek, and if you make any of these recipes, be sure to send a photo of your creation to or tweet it to @JNFUSA with the hashtag #JNFfoodie. We might share it!

Happy Chanukah!!


Medium-size cauliflower cut into florets
3 scallions, chopped
3 eggs
1 cup bread crumbs
Salt and pepper
Oil for frying


Cook the cauliflower in a large pot of boiling salted water until very tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and cool. 

Grate the florets into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, mixing them until a moist batter is formed.

Heat the oil in a skillet. Form the latkes with your hands and fry them in the oil, three minutes on each side.

Serve with fresh yogurt and mint leaves.