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Ashishim Pancakes

July 17, 2022 | by Elana Shap

Now you can eat like King Solomon in your own home.

Dr. Tova Dickstein is an expert on ancient and biblical foods.  One of her first discoveries of biblical foods was understanding Ashishim, a dish written about in the Jerusalem Talmud and which is believed to have been eaten in King Solomon’s court and referred to in the Song of Songs.  More: Biblical Foods are Making a Comeback.

Did you know that the Kabbalah says that eating is a powerful spiritual act? It teaches that mindful eating helps to elevate the entire food chain.  Get more Jewish food thoughts here. 


  • 2 cups red split lentils
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 eggs
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Honey (optional)


  1. Rinse lentils well, add to a large pot with 4 cups water, so the lentils are covered. Place pot over medium high heat and cook for 15-20 minutes, uncovered, stirring frequently until lentils are soft.
  2. Strain lentils, add to a bowl and mash with a potato masher or a food processor into a fairly smooth paste. Add flour and sesame seeds. Stir, add in eggs one at a time mixing well. The batter should be wet but thick. If it is too wet, add a little more flour.
  3. Add a thin layer of oil to a saute pan bring over medium-high heat. Once hot, spoon batter into pan making small or large pancakes. Don’t overcrowd the pan. Flip when the first side is browned and cook until done. Remove from pan, drizzle with honey if desired and serve hot.

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