Greek Lenten Tomato Fritters (Domatokeftethes)


Greek Lenten Tomato Fritters (Domatokeftethes)

The following is based on this recipe.  Tomato fritters are a delightful appetizer or side dish, and a specialty of Santorini, a Greek island known for its tomatoes. The combination of herbs can be adjusted to include dill, parsley, basil, mint, or oregano, depending on taste preference.  This meatless, eggless, dairyless dish is perfect for Lent or a Daniel Fast.  The fresh vegetables in it also make a wonderful summer dish to prepare with the bounty out of a vegetable garden (and, come on – who isn’t desperately searching for zucchini recipes right around mid-August?)


2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 ripe medium tomatoes
2 medium zucchini
1 medium onion
¾ cup fresh parsley
¾ cup fresh mint or fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
sunflower, safflower, or canola oil for frying


2 large bowls
measuring cups/spoons
spoons to mix ingredients
skillet (cast iron would be best)
slotted spoon
paper towels for draining


Finely chop the tomatoes.

Grate the zucchini.

Grate the onion.

Heat ¾ inch of oil in skillet over medium-high heat.


Combine the flour, baking powder and 1 tsp salt in a bowl.  Set aside.

Combine the remaining ingredients except oil in another bowl. Add enough of the flour mixture to make a thick batter.  Start with  1½ cups and slowly add the rest.  The amount of flour mixture needed is going to depend upon the liquid in the vegetables.

Heat ½ to ¾ inch of oil in a nonstick frying pan. When the oil is hot, drop the batter by tablespoonfuls into the oil and fry until browned. Turn once to brown on both sides.

Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.


serves 4-6

Very high in vitamin C
High in vitamin A
High in iron
High in manganese
High in phosphorus
High in potassium
High in selenium
High in thiamin
Very low in saturated fat
No cholesterol

In Greek: ντοματοκεφτέδες, pronounced doh-mah-to-kef-TEH-thes

I would love to hear any feedback about this recipe. Did you make it? Did you enjoy it? Did you make any adjustments to it?


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