What Foods Are Eaten At Hanukkah ?
Hanukkah or the “Festival of lights” is celebrated at the end of November until December. The Jews light up candles and offer special blessings for eight consecutive nights. Like any other festival, Hanukkah is associated with preparing special dishes and exchanging gifts with near and dear ones.
Olive oil is generally used for preparing various dishes. The custom for using olive oil dates back to the period when the Second temple in Jerusalem was rededicated. In order to celebrate this victory, the Jewish High Priest wanted to light the Menorah but discovered that only a small flask had olive oil. The oil inexplicably kept the Menorah lighted for eight consecutive days, therefore the tradition for using olive oil.
The foods are either baked or fired. Even dairy products are included in the diet. Latkes or potato pancakes are mandatory. Here, potatoes are grated and cooked along with onions and flour using vegetable oil, preferably olive oil. These crisp pancakes are served usually with either applesauce or sour cream.
Sufganiyot are like jelly doughnuts. However, they do not have a hole in the middle. They are not shaped in a specific manner. In fact, this is one of the easiest recipes to prepare because you need not bother about the shape or size. The batter is loosely poured into a pan and deep-fried. When the batter is fried evenly on either side, it is removed and eaten in whatever shape it acquires. Powdered sugar and cinnamon is liberally sprinkled on either side and served hot.
Loukomades are deep fried puffs dipped in honey or sugar. These are consumed along with Sufganiyot and zelebi.
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