Recipe by Tracey Fein, Georgie Tarn

Sephardi Saffron Chicken Soup with Fragrant Matzo Balls

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Meat Meat
Medium Medium
6 Servings
8 Hours

Enjoy a steaming bowl of chicken soup and knaidlech and the immune-boosting benefits of “the Jewish Penicillin.”


Sephardi Soup

  • 8 large chicken wings

  • 8 pints cold water

  • 2 large carrots, peeled

  • 2 large celery sticks, trimmed

  • 1 parsnip, peeled

  • 1 turnip, peeled

  • 1 large white onion, peeled

  • 1 rutabaga, peeled

  • 2 bay leaves, torn

  • 1 small bunch cilantro

  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes

  • salt

  • pepper

  • 1 pinch saffron melted in 1 fluid ounce boiled water

Fragrant Matzo Balls

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 lemon rind, zested

  • 1 small bunch cilantro, stalks removed and finely chopped (reserve 1 tablespoon to serve)


Prepare the Sephardi Soup


Place the wings in a large saucepan. Pour in the water and bring to a boil. With a large spoon, skim off the scum from the top.


Add the rest of the ingredients except the saffron. Bring the soup back to a boil and simmer for two hours with the lid on.


Remove from heat and discard all the vegetables, but keep the chicken wings to one side. Place back in the soup once the vegetables have been removed. Add the saffron to the chicken broth. Leave to cool and refrigerate overnight.


When ready to use, remove the fat from the top of the soup (you can do this with a spoon or by laying a wad of kitchen paper over the top and removing it).

Prepare the Fragrant Matzo Balls


Mix all the ingredients to form the mixture, but reserve one tablespoon of cilantro. Place the mixture in the fridge for approximately 20 minutes.


Remove from the fridge. Wet your hands, take a teaspoon of mixture, and roll into a ball. Carry on doing this with the rest of the mixture.


Fill a medium sized saucepan with boiling salted water. Transfer the matzo balls into the boiling water and continue cooking on a strong simmer for 20 minutes, turning occasionally.


Remove balls with a slotted spoon and leave to cool.


When ready to serve, heat the soup slowly with the matzo balls until piping hot. Serve four matzo balls per person and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro.

Prepare the Fragrant Matzo Balls

Makes approximately 24 matzo balls


Excerpted from The Modern Jewish Table by Tracey Fine and Georgie Tarn with permission from Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Copyright 2017 by Tracey Fine and Georgie Tarn. Photography: Rupa Photography. Art direction and Styling: Mandy Thompson.

Sephardi Saffron Chicken Soup with Fragrant Matzo Balls

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