Assuming that there is an even amount of "varnishkes" (noodles) and kasha, do you make 2 brachot - mezonot on the varnishkes and adamah on the kasha? (If so, which should you say first?)

Or is this combination considered an ikkar / tafel food regardless of the proportions. I.e., it's based on the general recipe / intention of the food. I.e., AFAIK, the kasha is ikkar /tafel situation where the kasha is ikar and you should say just ha'adamah?

(Most recipes of this that I've seen are mainly kasha. Also,, perhaps, the name of the food "kasha varnishkes" suggests the idea that the kasha is the main idea and the varnishkes are added for "decoration" or "filler" or, perhaps, b/c most people don't like just plain kasha.)

  • In pretty much all mezonos/non-mezonos ikkar / tefel situations, the mezonos is considered the ikkar. The only exception would be if the mezonos food is purely to hold the food together
    – Daniel
    Jul 7, 2015 at 19:42
  • @Daniel Ah! That last sentence might actually be a possibility with kasha varnishkes. I never thought about it that way.
    – DanF
    Jul 7, 2015 at 19:47
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    No, it's definitely not a possibility in this case. Pasta isn't just to hold the food together.
    – Daniel
    Jul 7, 2015 at 19:49
  • @Daniel I get it, now. Mezonot - like matzah meal or flour to thicken the sauce. Too bad about this rule. I was hoping that I would be able to say "hamotzi" on the frozen gefilte fish ;-) (It's now mainly matza meal in some brands, BTW.)
    – DanF
    Jul 7, 2015 at 19:55

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When two foods with different brachot are mixed together sufficiently that any bite you take would certainly contain both items, only one bracha is said on the food. Furthermore, in almost all cases, mezonot items are considered the ikkar in a food mixture. The only time when this is not the case is when the mezonot is purely to hold the food together.

In this case, the pasta is clearly the ikkar food item and the bracha for kasha varnishkes is mezonot (and just mezonot).

All of this information can be found at Orach Chayim 212:1 and the Mishna Berurah and Biur Halacha there


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