Rosh Hashanah Dinner Menu: Traditional Sephardi Seder

Vered Guttman
Vered Guttman
Roasted chicken and eggplant in pomegranate and date molasses
Roasted chicken and eggplant in pomegranate and date molassesCredit: Vered Guttman
Vered Guttman
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.Credit: Vered Guttman

Beet and pomegranate seed salad

Beet and pomegranate seed salad.Credit: Vered Guttman

Sweet potato and leek patties

Sweet potato and leek patties.Credit: Vered Guttman

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.Credit: Vered Guttman

Date and honey cake

Date and Honey cakeCredit: Vered Guttman

Here are the accompanying blessings.

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