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Grandma Esther’s Farfel


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Grandma Esther’s Farfel

As long as I can remember this traditional farfel dish has been a part of our seder meal. I can remember vividly watching my grandma tending to it... sauteeing onions, stirring, fixing it until it was just right. If you've been missing rice at your Passover meals, this is a great substitute. Goes really well with gravy!


  • Prep Time : 24 hours min
  • Cook Time : a couple of hours min
  • Ready Time : 24 min




  • 1 box matza farfel
  • 1 egg
  • A few tablespoon oil
  • 2 onions (or more!)
  • a few garlic cloves
  • salt
  • pepper


The night before, spread the farfel in a 9×13″ pan and stir in a lightly beaten egg. Every few hours stir it again until dry. (No need to cover or refrigerate…)

Saute onion in oil until starting to brown. Add garlic and sautee. Add the farfel, stir it into the onion mixture. Then add water to cover, salt and pepper. Cook until water is absorbed. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn.

Place into a 9×13″ pan. Can warm it in the oven or on hot plate before serving.

About Laura Ben-David


Inspired by her Aliyah experience, Laura began writing and never stopped. She is the author of the book, MOVING UP: An Aliyah Journal, a memoir of her move to Israel. She has spoken about Israel and Aliyah all over the United States and Israel.

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