All over the world, people gather to celebrate Passover - the holiday that commemorates the Jewish people's escape from slavery in Egypt. For seven or eight days (depending on where you live), families and friends come together for festive seder meals packed with ritual foods and a few dietary restrictions (for instance, no leavened grains).
And while many traditions remain the same the world over, favorite regional recipes can bring communities closer together. Here, families from Israel, Estonia and India share a few of their favorites, courtesy of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, to make your celebration a little larger in spirit.
Appetizer From Israel:
Recipe courtesy of Rachel Tachvilian from Beit Shemesh, Israel (serves 4)
4 slices tuna or Nile perch (if available)
2-3 ripe tomatoes
Salt (for marinating fish and for sauce)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chicken-flavored (meatless/"pareve") soup mix
2-3 cups boiled water, plus more boiled water if using tuna
Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
1 red pepper, cut into wide strips
1 long chili pepper, preferably dry, cut into wide strips
1 clove fresh garlic, peeled and chopped
About 1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon sweet red paprika.