Matza Balls or Soup Dumplings (Knaidlach)

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Olha7397

These are usually served in a clear broth, but can be used as a side dish with meats or fish. The version given here results in either a fluffy dumpling (made with soda water) or a firm, chewy one (made with broth). There may also be some disagreements between families as to whether the ideal knaidle should be like a cloud (made with soda water) or like a golf ball (made with broth). Depends on what is traditional in your family. This recipe can be easily increased.

Top Review by ReLiveLY

these were very good! I made the chewy version moreso because I had no soda water on hand but they were devoured by my children (5 & 2) which is really something! thanks for sharing the recipe. I cooked them in the soup and did not add the ginger because I dislike ginger. instead of using true broth I used a some consumme mixed into water which I don't think made a difference as they turned out very well. I also used ground up matza which is basically the same thing as matza meal. I will make these again.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a mixing bowl combine and beat till fluffy the eggs chicken stock or vegetable stock or soda water and salt. Fold in the Matza Meal, parsley and ginger.
  2. Cover and refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour. Stir, then shape with moistened hands into 8 large (or 16 small) balls or oval shapes, using a rounded tablespoons of mixture, or less if you like them small.
  3. Drop into boiling salted water. Cover and simmer 45 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and transfer to soup.
  4. NOTES:.
  5. *While Matza Meal resembles other dried crumbs, many use it year around for its special quality of swelling as it on absorbs moisture.
  6. To increase fiber content, use whole wheat, or wheat bran Matza, finely crushed.
  7. If you are not fussy about clouded chicken soup, cook Knaidlach directly in soup.
  8. To Life!

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