Gluten-Free Matzo Balls (Kneidlach) - Passover Soup Dumplings

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

While nothing will ever be quite as delicious as the "real thing", these gluten-free kneidlach come closer to capturing the texture I was looking for than any other recipe I've tried. Choose a very finely ground blanched almond meal for the best texure. If you aren't vegetarian, you'll find it well worth using chicken fat (such as the fat that you skim off the top of the chicken soup, allowed to cool and solidify) instead of oil. These are very dense - If you'd like to try to get them lighter, I'd recommend whipping the egg whites into stiff peaks and gently folding them into the batter at the last minute. A note about flax seeds: These are considered kosher for Passover by some, and kitniyot by others. If you use them, be sure to use finely ground flax meal. If you consider flax seed to be kitniyot, try omitting this ingredient.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beat egg with salt and pepper. Add remaining ingredients, and combine well. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Add additional potato starch, if necessary, until the batter is firm enough to be rolled into balls with your hands - It will still be sticky, but not too wet to handle. Using clean, dry hands roll a tablespoon of dough at a time into balls. Submerge in boiling water or soup.
  3. Allow to cook for approximately 10 minutes or until each ball has puffed up a bit and is cooked all the way through.
  4. For Vegetarian do not use Chicken fat.
Most Helpful

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I just made this recipe for the first time and the kneidlach are great! I used whole almonds and flax seeds and then ground them in my Cuisinart. I added 1/4 tsp baking soda and because of food allergies, omitted the dill. Prior to adding the dry ingredients, I whisked the egg. Per the directions, I refrigerated the batter for an hour and then put 8 little knaidlach into the boiling pot of water for 20 minutes. Amazingly, they tripled in size.<br/><br/>Try it, you will like it.<br/><br/>Incidentally, you can use baking soda during Pesach.