Eating Jewish: Mufleta – Breaking Passover the Moroccan way

The way in which people choose to break Passover varies enormously and that first taste of chametz can be the non-traditional, but ever popular sushi, or something more rooted in Jewish culinary history like bagels. However, the Moroccan Jewish community ends Passover with a distinctive celebration known as the Mimouna.

This is a tradition that developed in Morocco, where on the afternoon of the last day of Passover, Muslim neighbors would bring gifts of flowers, milk, butter, honey, green beans, stalks of wheat and grains, and lettuce to the homes of their Jewish neighbors. Gil Marks explains that flour and starter dough would be included in this gift, and they would be used when preparing post-Passover chametz dishes for the Mimouna celebrations taking place later in the evening. Once Passover had ended, the Mimouna celebrations was a time for friendly relations between these two communities when Jews would open up their homes to both their Jewish and Muslim neighbors. An elaborate table would be laid which would include and dried fruits, nuts, various sweets, and cookies. However, the most popular dish served on this night is a thin yeast pancake called Mufleta, which is eaten spread with butter and honey.

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