The Jewish holiday Purim celebrates Queen Esther’s denunciation of the evil Haman, thereby saving the Jews of Persia from destruction. There are many food traditions associated with this particularly festive spring feast known as Se’udah Purim. Because Esther ate only grains, seeds and legumes to keep kosher while living with King Ahasuerus, legumes and poppy seeds are traditional foods. Triangle-shaped foods are popular, as they recall either the hat or ear of Haman. And drink is also an important part of the holiday; (age-appropriate) celebrants are urged to, well, get a little tipsy.
However your family chooses to celebrate their Se’udah, we’ve got an array of traditional and family-friendly recipes for your feast. Chag Semeach Purim (Happy Purim)!
Challah 1 of 10
Poppy Seeds 2 of 10Tradition has it that while Queen Esther was living in the King's palace she ate only seeds and legumes to keep kosher, and so poppy seeds are a popular Purim food. To add poppy seeds to your feast, try this healthy apple endive salad with poppy seed dressing.
Make apple endive salad with poppy seed dressing
Lentils 3 of 10In keeping with Queen Esther's diet while living with the king, lentils are often served on Purim. This recipe pairs a lentil pilaf with marinated chicken and grape skewers.
Make lentil pilaf
Sweet Potato 4 of 10Though sweet potatoes don't have any symbolic significance, they're an ideal seasonal side that will add some nutrients to your Purim dinner.â€¨
Make sweet potato mash
Turkey 5 of 10
Fish 6 of 10
Bubbe’s Chicken Casserole 7 of 10Another Purim standby is traditional and comforting family food. If you're looking for a sure winner, try this recipe for Bubbe's chicken casserole. â€¨
Make Bubbe's chicken casserole
Kreplach 8 of 10
Hamantaschen 9 of 10These triangular cookies symbolize either the ear or hat of the evil Haman and are a cornerstone of Purim celebrations. Our recipe makes for a tasty cookie with a homemade prune filling.
Wine 10 of 10Drinking copious amounts of wine is a big part of the Purim holiday. In fact, one is supposed to drink so much that he can "no longer distinguish between the phrases arur Haman ("Cursed is Haman") and baruch Mordechai ("Blessed is Mordecai")". Get your Purim drink on in style with this fruity red sangria.
Make red sangria
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