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Traditional Hanukkah food is cooked during Hanukkah with oil as the key ingredient. Here are a couple of traditional Hanukkah recipes.

Traditional Hanukkah Recipes

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated with pomp and gaiety. Hanukkah songs and Hanukkah prayers are chanted to mark the eight-day festival that starts on the 25th day of the month of Kislev, as per the Jewish calendar. Hanukkah traditions are followed which includes playing the traditional dreidel game and cooking the traditional Hanukkah food. Oil is the main ingredient for most of the traditional Hanukkah recipes because the pays a tribute to the Miracle of Oil, the purified oil that burned the Menorah for eight days continuously. Here are some of the traditional Hanukkah recipes.

Potato latkes: Hanukkah food is incomplete without the delicious appetizers, that is, potato latkes (potato pancakes). Potato latkes can be prepared in a variety of ways. One of the common ways to make potato latkes is given below. Read on.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

  • 1 cup peeled and grated potatoes
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose-flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Using a strainer, squeeze all the juice from the grated potatoes and onion.
  • Take a large bowl, put the grated potatoes, grated onion, egg, all purpose flour, salt, and mix well.
  • In a large heavy bottomed skillet, over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot.
  • Pour two tablespoons full of potato mixture into the hot oil. Level the latkes with the back of the spoon so that they form 1/2 inch thick patties
  • Fry the latkes over medium flame for 5 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  • Serve hot with applesauce.
Glazed yeast doughnuts: Doughnuts are yet another mouth-watering traditional Hanukkah recipe. Doughnuts are also made with variations. Here is one of the recipes for yeast doughnuts.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes

  • 1 pkt active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (for deep frying)
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
For glazing:
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • Hot water
  • Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water and keep it aside.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter with salt, sugar, and milk. Set it aside until lukewarm.
  • Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl and mix it with 1 1/2 cup of flour.
  • Add the dissolved yeast and then add 1/2 cup of flour. Mix it well.
  • Add beaten eggs into the mixture and then add another 1 1/2 cups of flour into the mixture. Beat it well to form a smooth paste. Set the mixture aside for 5 minutes.
  • Knead the dough for roughly 5 minutes.
  • Pour the dough in a bowl greased with butter. Cover the bowl with a lid and then keep it in a warm place for at least 1 1/2 hours so that the dough doubles its quantity.
  • Now, pat the dough onto a floured pastry cloth in desired thickness.
  • Cut it using a floured doughnut cutter.
  • Cover it with a towel and keep it in a warm place for 1/2 hour so that it doubles its quantity.
  • Preheat the deep fryer.
  • Fry the doughnuts until golden brown for 2 minutes.
  • Prepare the glaze by thoroughly mixing all the ingredients for glazing.
  • Dip warm doughnuts in the glaze.
  • Your glazed yeast doughnuts are ready! Serve warm.