Kugel Yerushalmi
Kugel Yerushalmi
Alternative namesJerusalem kugel
Place of originIsrael
Created byLocal Jewish followers of the Gaon of Vilna
Main ingredientsNoodles, caramel, black pepper

Kugel Yerushalmi (Hebrew: קוגל ירושלמי, romanizedkugl yerushalmi), also known as Jerusalem kugel, is an Israeli kugel originating from the local Jewish community of Jerusalem in the 1700s.[1]


Kugel Yerushalmi is said to have been created in Jerusalem by local Ashkenazi Jews during the 1700s by the followers of the Vilna Gaon, a Jewish religious scholar.[2]


Kugel Yerushalmi sliced and packaged for sale

Jerusalem Kugel differs from other traditional Ashkenazi style noodle kugels in a number of ways. Nonetheless, it has become a staple of Ashkenazi foods. Jerusalem kugel is always made with thin egg noodles, similar in appearance to spaghetti. The defining ingredient of Jerusalem kugel is black pepper, which is uncommon in other varieties of kugel, and which can give it what the New York Times food writer Melissa Clark has described as a "sinus-clearing" potency.[3] It is made with a sauce similar to caramel, which the noodles are then coated with and then seasoned with black pepper before being placed in a baking pan (either a pan with a hole in the middle similar to a bundt pan, or a round and flat pan similar to a cake pan), and placed in the oven to bake.[4]

Jerusalem kugel does not typically contain dairy, and is pareve.

See also


  1. ^ "Jerusalem Kugel recipe". Food Republic. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  2. ^ Nathan, Joan (September 28, 2005). "Kugel Unraveled". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  3. ^ Clark, Melissa (2020-12-07). "A Kugel That's Savory and Sweet (and Crispy, Too)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  4. ^ Silverton, Nancy. Israel Eats. Galilean Kugel.