Charoset from Yemen highlights the Jewish experience beyond Israel, making it important and interesting.  You will savor the combination of flavors with the figs, dates, sesame seeds, and aromatic spices.  This recipe will add intrigue to any Passover / Pesach Seder. A Yemenite charoset recipe will usually include figs, dates, and many exotic spices that are available where the Yemenite-Jewish family lives in Yemen. In addition, different Yemenite charoset recipes will contain variations in quantities of the spices and variations in the kinds of fruits added to the Yemenite charoset recipe.

Yemenite Charoset

Yemenite Charoset
Recipe type: Accompaniments
Cuisine: Jewish
Serves: 24
  • 1 Cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/2 Cup chopped dried figs
  • 1/3 Cup sweet Passover wine
  • 3 Tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons matzo meal or Passover potato starch
  1. Blend dates, figs and wine in bowl of a food processor.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, add sesame seeds, ginger, dash coriander, cayenne and matzo meal and mix thoroughly.
This recipe yields 1 1/2 Cups.

Each tablespoon: 40 calories; 1 mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 1 gram fat; 9 grams carbohydrates; 0 protein; 0.42 gram fiber.

Comments: You can make an unusual dessert from this recipe by rolling charoset into 1-inch balls and dropping the balls into 8 ounces of melted semi-sweet chocolate. Smooth over, then refrigerate until firm.

NOTES : Recipe by Judy Zeidler, cookbook author

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