Get inspired for your Sephardic Seder

Feeling uninspired about what to cook for Passover ? Sarina Roffe, geneaologist, author, cookery writer and expert on Sephardi Jewry, has come to your rescue with a whole website. Here is a sample Seder menu and her recipe for Persian Haroset. (Note to non-Kitniot eaters: Sarina prepares rice )

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Seder Menu

  • Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls
  • Toss salad
  • Chicken dish – roast chicken with potatoes
  • Beef dish – either mechse or yebra
  • Veal Pocket with peas and mushrooms
  • White rice accompanied with kefftes (meatballs in a tamarind flavored sauce)
  • Green vegetable – string beans


  • Fruit Platter
  • Assortment of Nuts
  • Herbal Tea
  • Passover Nut Cake
  • Strawberry Fluff
  • Chocoate Meringue Cookies


Persian Haroset
Persian Haroset



  • 1 unpeeled pear, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 unpeeled apple, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 C finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 C finely chopped almonds
  • 1 C finely chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 C finely chopped pistachio nuts
  • 1 C chopped pitted dates
  • 1 C chopped raisins
  • 2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsps grated ginger root
  • 1 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • Sweet wine




  1. Combine pear, apple, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachio nuts, dates and raisins in a large bowl, and blend well, being careful not to chop the mixture into a paste.
  2. Add cinnamon, ginger root, cider vinegar and enough wine to bind. Place a platter and shape into a pyramid. Cover and refrigerate

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