Rosh Hashanah Dinner Menu: Traditional Sephardi Seder

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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 Admonys 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.