Persian Charoset (Haleg)

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Hillel Sandwich

Persian charoset (Haleg) is fabulous! Traditional, charoset symbolizes the mortar used by the Hebrews back in Egypt. This is my mother-in-law's charoset recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 1 (6-ounce) package ground walnuts (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 (6-ounce) package ground almonds (1 11/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup pistachio nut meats, ground
  • 1 cup date paste
  • 1/2 cup raisins, ground
  • 1/2 cup grape juice
  • 1 banana, peeled and ground
  • 1 apple, peeled and ground
  • 2 tablespoons charoset spice

Preparation

Grind together all the ingredients that do not come already ground.  Combine very well.

Tricks of the trade:

I buy already ground walnuts and almonds to make my life easier.  I also purchase date paste so I don't have to grind that either.  These are easily available kosher-for-Passover at many kosher groceries.  The rest of the ingredients I process together into a wet paste similar in texture to chummus.  Charoset spice is made by Sadaf and you can get it online; or simply mix equal parts of cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon.  Keep haleg refrigerated and if it gets too thick, thin it with grape juice or even sweet wine to give it a grown up twist!