Jews around the world are gearing up for Purim (February 28–March 1), the joyful festival celebrating Queen Esther and Mordechai HaTzaddik, who foiled the wicked Haman’s plot to destroy the Jewish people in ancient Persia.
Purim is a time for family fun and wonderful traditions—costumes and games, feeding the hungry, and a raucous reading of Megillat Esther. It’s a time for visiting friends and exchanging sweets and treats like hamantaschen, a triangle-shaped filled pastry symbolizing Haman’s three-cornered hat.
But revelers can’t live on hamantaschen alone, can they? When company’s coming for the Purim seudah, you have to serve the whole megillah. Pereg, purveyors of ancient whole grains, pastas, and seasonings, developed some dishes with the help of KosherMoms.com that capture the intriguing flavors of Israel for Purim 2018.
Pereg seasonings are never costumed in MSG, food coloring, or artificial anything. Fresh and all-natural, they are verified non-GMO and certified kosher. Many are vegan and gluten-free.
The real disguise is how easy these delicious, exotic recipes are to make. Best of all, they’re prepared mostly in advance, so you won’t miss any of the Purim fun. Read on to see how. Be happy! It’s Adar!
- 5 pounds ground meat
- 3 tablespoons Pereg sumac
- 3 tablespoons Pereg cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons Pereg cumin
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 7 cloves crushed fresh garlic
- ½ cup seltzer
Mix all ingredients together well until combined.
Shape into oblong balls. Place balls an inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate for an hour.
Cook at 375°F for 45 minutes. Serve with tahini and a refreshing salad. Yields about 50 kufta.
- 2 pounds chicken cutlets, sliced into thin strips
- ¼ cup olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 medium red onion, sliced
- 2 tablespoons Pereg Shwarma Mixed Spices
Place chicken strips in a large resealable plastic bag.
Combine olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic, and pour over the chicken. Then add red onion and spices to the bag. Seal the bag and shake to ensure the chicken is well-coated. Marinate overnight.
Cook covered at 375°F for 30 minutes and then uncovered for 15 minutes. Serve in a pita with pickles and Israeli salad.
Tahini With Ras El Hanout
- ½ cup tahini paste
- ½ cup water
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon Pereg Ras El Hanout
- a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a container.
Refrigerate until ready to use. Store in the fridge for up to a week.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 5 sprigs Pereg Louisa leaves
- 1 gallon lemonade
- ½ gallon water
- mint leaves
- lemon slices
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring to make sure the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and add in the Louisa leaves. Let the syrup cool completely, then refrigerate.
Fill a 2½-gallon beverage dispenser one quarter of the way with ice. Pour in lemonade, water, and the lemon verbena simple syrup. Stir until the drink is mixed well. Place some mint leaves and lemon slices on top for decoration and added flavor.
Recipes courtesy of Shoshie Steinhart for KosherMoms.com. KosherMoms is a lifestyle blog dedicated to family, food, and fun.
Pereg was established in 1906, and is based in Clifton, NJ. They first became known for their vast variety of pure and natural spices and spice blends, more than 60 in all, from traditional favorites to exotics from around the culinary world.
Today Pereg produces an array of all-natural products that includes ancient grains and ancient-grain blends, gluten-free pasta, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereal, and much more. Pereg Natural Foods products are available at select retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada, and on their website, Pereg-Gourmet.com.
Pereg manufactures all its products from start to finish, controlling the quality from the sourcing until the product is packed and ready for the consumer. All Pereg products are kosher-certified by both the Orthodox Union (OU) and CRC, are dairy- and lactose-free as well as all-natural, with no additives or preservatives. Many products are also certified gluten-free and non-GMO. Follow Pereg Natural Foods on Facebook.com/peregnatural, Twitter @pereggourmet, and Instagram @peregnatural.