Carrot and Sweet Potato Tzimmes



Recipe Information

Total Time: 

1 hour 15 minutes; 15 minutes active



Tzimmes is a traditional Jewish dish made from carrots and dried fruits cooked slowly and sweetened with honey. It is often served during Rosh Hashanah, with the round carrots symbolizing gold coins and prosperity.


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cups medium carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/2- to 1-inch rounds (about 1 pound)
  • 3 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 1 pound)
  • 3 cups apple, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup prunes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 medium orange, zest and juice
  • 2 medium lemons, zest and juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until soft, about 10 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients, stir, and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. The vegetables should be very tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serving Suggestion

While this combination of stewed fruits and vegetables is a delicious side dish with baked chicken, it is also a filling vegetarian entrée served with rice, barley or kasha.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 399, Fat: 6 g, Cholesterol: 15 mg, Sodium: 65 mg, Carbohydrate: 73 g, Dietary Fiber: 12 g, Protein: 4 g