Rosh Hashanah Dinner Menu: Traditional Sephardi Seder

Roasted chicken and eggplant in pomegranate and date molasses
Roasted chicken and eggplant in pomegranate and date molasses Vered Guttman

Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews start the Rosh Hashanah meal with a series of symbolic foods.

Each of the foods, including black eyed pea, squash, pomegranate and dates, are accompanied by a blessing, called Yehi Ratzones (Yehi ratzon, meaning “May it be your will” in Hebrew), based on their name in Hebrew or Arabic.

This opens a window of opportunity of making a whole meal based on these food items, all of them in season now.

It also gives the beginning of the new year a new meaning.

The following recipes all contain foods represented in the blessings.

Einat Admony’s butternut squash and saffron soup

Einat Admony’s butternut squash and saffron soup.
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Beet and pomegranate seed salad

Beet and pomegranate seed salad.
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Sweet potato and leek patties

Sweet potato and leek patties.
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Fresh black-eyed pea salad with bulgur

Roasted chicken and eggplant in date and pomegranate molasses

Roasted chicken and eggplant in date and pomegranate molasses.
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Date and honey cake

Date and Honey cake.
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Here are the accompanying blessings.