Tzimmes, tsimmes (Yiddish: צימעס‎, Hebrew: צִימֶעס‎) is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish stew typically made from carrots and dried fruits such as prunes or raisins, often combined with other root vegetables (including yam).[1][2][3]


Tzimmes is often part of the Rosh Hashanah meal, when it is traditional to eat sweet and honey-flavored dishes.[4] Some cooks add chunks of meat (usually beef flank or brisket).[1][3][5] The dish is cooked slowly over low heat and flavored with honey or sugar and sometimes cinnamon or other spices.[6]

The name may come from the Yiddish words tzim (for) and esn (eating)[1] or from German mischen (to mix). "To make a big tzimmes over something" is a Yinglish expression that means to make a big fuss, perhaps because of the slicing, mixing, and stirring that go into the preparation of the dish.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Zeldes, Leah A. (2010-09-01). "Eat this! Tzimmes, A sweet start to the Jewish New Year". Dining Chicago. Chicago's Restaurant & Entertainment Guide, Inc. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
  2. ^ Tzimmes
  3. ^ a b Merriam-Webster dictionary: tzimmes
  4. ^ Tracing a Classic Jewish Dish Throughout the Diaspora
  5. ^ a b Joan Nathan, Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook, Schocken, 2004; page 228.
  6. ^ Whats4eats: carrot-tzimmes recipe