Shalom friends, this year on March 25th, Jews all around the world will celebrate the Passover Seder. Passover is an eight day festival. It is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. This holiday represents freedom which commemorates the Jews’ Exodus from slavery in Egypt. During the eight days of Passover is it forbidden to eat Chametz. The meaning of Chametz is leavened grain including all kinds of bread, Pasta, cake, cereal etc.
This custom is derived from the unleavened bread that the Israelites ate when they left Egypt. In their hurry to leave, the Israelites did not have time to wait for their bread to rise so they made Matzah.
That is the reason why instead of Chametz, we eat Matzah which is a flat unleavened bread.
Today I will teach you 2 tasty Matzah recipes:the first is Matzah Brie (Fried Matzah) and the second is Matzah balls. Both of them are very easy to make even if you’ve never made them before.Bon Appétit!
Matzah Brei Recipe:
6 sheets of Matzah
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a large bowl, break Matzah into bite-size pieces.
2. Sprinkle with a little boiling water to soften Matzah.
3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs.
4. Add eggs, salt and pepper to softened Matzah. Mix well.
5. Heat oil in a frying pan. Cook Matzah-egg mixture over medium heat, stirring as if cooking scrambled eggs.
Matzah Balls Recipe:
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 cup matzo meal
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1-2 Tbsp. water or chicken soup
2 quarts salted water, for simmering
1. In a medium bowl, lightly beat eggs with oil. Add matzo meal, salt, and baking powder and stir until smooth. Stir in water, then let mixture stand for 20 minutes so matzo meal absorbs liquid.
2. Bring salted water to a boil. With wet hands, roll about 1 tsp. of matzo ball mixture between your palms into a ball; mixture will be very soft. Set balls on a plate. With a rubber spatula, carefully slide balls into boiling water.
3. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes or until firm. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
Happy Festival of Passover – Chag Pesach Sameach – חג פסח שמח
Main phrases of the Post, Transcription & Translation:
Spring – Aviv – אָבִיב
Passover – Pesach – פֶּסַח
Matzah balls – kneydlekh – קניידלעך (From Yiddish)
Leavened food – Chametz – חָמֵץ
Bread – Lechem – לֶחֶם
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