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Knaidel is the Yiddish Word for Matzo Ball


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Last week the winning word for the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee  was Knaidel.  Ironically, the Indian-American winner who lives in New York, has never even had a knaidel, otherwise known as matzo ball.   Now everyone is searching the internet to find out what this Yiddish word means and probably heading over their local Jewish deli to try one out.

Of course we all know and love knaidel some of us enjoy them weekly in our chicken soup and with all the knaidel talk abound I thought I would share a few of our favorite recipes.

To start with, Jamie shows you how she learned to make the fluffiest lightest matzo balls with one simple secret ingredient. Click play to find out what it is.

If you like to change things up, we always like variety here on JoyofKosher, try out this Spinach Knaidel recipe using whole wheat matzo meal.

Spinach Matzo Balls

If you like your knaidel to be a little more firm, try this recipe for Herbed Matzo Balls.

Herbed Matzo Ball Soup

Herbed Matzo Ball Soup

Finally, one more recipe for Carrot Dill Knaidel.

Carrot Dill Matzah Balls

Carrot Dill Matzah Balls


The moderator at the Spelling Bee defined knaidel as a “small mass of leavened dough cooked by boiling or steaming,” but we know it is so much more than that.  We hope you enjoy these recipes.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




2 Responses to Knaidel is the Yiddish Word for Matzo Ball

  1. i think im the only one who doesnt like knaidel! but i like the variations here, good recipes to pass along

  2. I am a modern cook who makes very untraditional food, but I have to say, knaidlach are unsurpassed. I could happily eat a few right now with some hot chicken soup.

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