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Jun 25, 2013 02:49 PM

Matzo Meal Substitute For Matzo Balls?

Hey all! I live in a country that doesn't have matzo available in any form, but I'd like to make something getting as close to matzo balls as possible (I don't keep kosher, I'd just like to make some for soup!).

When you break it down, dumplings are just made of flour and water, right? Do you think just crushing up a bunch of saltine crackers would make a good substitute for matzo meal?....Is there a way to break it down even to the barest of basics and just use flour to simulate a good, fluffy, eggy matzo ball?

I'd love some help with this!

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  1. I was at a friends house and made "mock-ozobrie" using saltines so I would think saltines would work to make matzo balls..

    1. I'd go with almost no-salt crackers or very plain biscuits crushed.

      If you can get naan or pita bread, leave it out until you can hammer nails with it & crush it. Almost the same as matzoh.

      1. You may want to look at Semmelknoedel (Bread) or Griessnockerl (Semolina) which are very similar. You may want to add some Chicken Fat to the doughs to imitate the flavor of a Matzo Ball.

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        1. re: chefj

          Agree that Griessnockerl are very like matzo balls...semmelknoedel, not so much.

          1. re: Liz K

            Depends how you make them.
            With dried bread that is coarsley and unevenly crushed or grated it yields a Semmelknoedel that is quite like a Matzo Ball

          2. re: chefj

            Hi I saw you reply, and I also agree Griessnockerl (Semolina) can be a supplement for matzo meal. By the way, if you already making matzo balls soup allow me to introduce you a nice recipe I got you will love it.


            1. 4 Eggs
            2. 1 cup of matzo flour
            3. ½ melted cube of Knorr chicken flavor OR a cup of chicken broth


            a) Separate the yolk and the white of the eggs in individual recipients

            b) Add the cup of Matzo flour (Semolina) to the Yolks of eggs and mix them well (No salt add)

            c) Add the cup of chicken broth or ½ melted cube of Knorr chicken flavor

            d) When this mixture is well done. Beat the egg white very well, making a foam then add all mixtures together carefully

            e) Let the dough to rest for half or one hour on the fridge

            f) You might add the matzo balls straight to your chicken soup or boil them in a separated pot in salty water then add them to the chicken soup

            *** Warranty, you will never look for other recipe again, this is the simplest and the best ***

            Good Luck!

          3. How about something like Swedish knackebrod? I don't think that saltines would give you the right texture.

            1. ok I consulted my granfather and he said... "OY VAY( really he did) Well dont use any bread and try to make it stale I would use water crackers. Such as Carr's. You need a cracker texture to get the fluff. You can always make your own Matzos then make your meal from them"

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              1. re: girloftheworld

                LOL, thanks girloftheworld - and everyone! Ever since I moved to Japan, there is just no finding matzo meal. At all! I miss it so much, but at this point, for anything approaching a delicious matzo ball, I'm desperate and willing to try just about anything as a substitute! Please thank your grandfather for me!! I know it's a sacrilege, but I'm dyin' here! ;)

                Unfortunately, I can't find any other type of thin water cracker or anything close enough to the consistency of matzo (ohhh how I've searched!), so plain saltines it will have to be. Thanks everyone so much for your feedback and suggestions! :)

                  1. re: chefj

                    I thought about panko, but it seems like it might be too soft and light to make into balls on its own with just eggs. I'm going to keep it in the back of my mind, though, just in case the saltines idea doesn't work out. :)

                  2. re: animatrixie

                    Have you checked with the kosher market? I found matzo even in international stores that carry American brands in SE Asia. Japanese stores are also abounding with all sorts of crackers as well.

                    1. re: BekaBakes

                      I wish we had a kosher market in my city! I think there's a small pantry run by a temple in Tokyo, but I don't live anywhere near there. My closest city with any kind of Jewish community is Kobe, but I've never found any listings for the availability of kosher foods there. I might one day venture out to their synagogue and see if there's maybe a tiny shop near it somewhere that's not turned up on the internet radar. :)

                      1. re: animatrixie

                        It is possible to ship a box to Japan from the US.
                        Shipping would probably be about $15 for 1st class package.

                        Have you a relative that can do the deed???

                        Compared to Japanese prices, a 50-cent knaidlah would be a bargain!

                      2. re: animatrixie

                        I was going to suggest water crackers, too, as they are somewhat similar to matzah. However, depending on where in Japan you are located, have you tried getting in touch with Chabad? They're located in Tokyo and are probably your best bet on finding kosher/Jewish ingredients.


                      3. re: girloftheworld

                        Water biscuits are a lot like matzo, right? I think they too only consist of flour and water. The composition should be basically similar.