Trending Foods of Israel for Hanukkah

On the 25th day of the month of Kislev, the Jewish calendar, the famous event named Hanukkah is celebrated. During this event, families eat a number of traditional dishes that have become quite popular on the global level. This Jewish holiday further celebrates many traditions like lighting the menorah and playing the dreidel game along with revival of stories of the Maccabees.

The traditions entail a number of things. Even though this traditional holiday doesn’t entail opening of the presents, it is still somehow related to the Christmas and has created a whole new tradition of purchasing presents for children.

Moreover, the holiday’s conventional food are not for the faint of heart because most of them are either fried or loaded with a lot of cheese. These special treats have managed to please all kinds of people even if you do not belong to the Jewish community.

Traditional fried foods

The latkes are potato pancakes that are fried, is one of the most popular Hanukkah food. They are shredded potatoes with mixed onion, egg, flour and seasoning. It is then formed into small pancakes and fried deep in oil. These crispy treats are served with sour cream on the side.

We have now a lot of alterations to the traditional recipe. There are also several international editions of this amazing recipe. From scallion pancakes to curried sweet potato, there are many other forms of latkes.

Another deep fried delicacy is deep-fried jelly-filled donuts named the sufganiyot. These are conventionally enjoyed during Hanukkah in Israel and is found favorable by most of the children all across the globe.

Traditional meats

Once the Hanukkah menorah is lighted up, the guest and other people around would enjoy sitting down to a traditional meat menu, especially on the Friday night of Hanukkah. Brisket is one internationally recognized dish that is put on the tables of Jews. This slow-cooked meat is a welcoming and warming dish.

Roasted chicken is often added by many cooks along with latkes. Many home cooks and professional chefs tend to add their own creativity in their food to make it look more appealing and make the tradition more interesting.

Traditional dairies and desserts

Eating dairy products is one of the traditions of this whole event, especially the cheese to commemorate the Jewish heroine named Judith. Recipes of spinach tidbit appetizers, sugared pecan salad and grilled salmon filled with cheese is one of the popular savories.

The desert range is vast as well. There is a number of traditional deserts that Jews tend to enjoy during this event. From Hanukkah sugar cookies to the conventional donuts, there is a lot to celebrate. This event provides the perfect opportunity to try the olive oil cake or something unique like Hanukkah gelt cookies.


These were the traditional cuisine of this event. Israel is known for its cuisine and tends to be highly popular when it comes to Hanukkah. These foods are a must try irrespective of your race, cast or nationality.