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It is customary in many Bene Israel families to have a Malida on the occasion of TU B’SHVAT the New Year of Trees. For more information, visit

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250 gms. thick poha (pressed and puffed rice)
1 white kernel of one freshly grated coconut or 250 gms of sweetened coconut
200 gms fine cane sugar (if sweetened coconut is used then use only 150 gms sugar)
150 gms almonds
150 gms pistachios
150 gms yellow raisins
10-12 cardamoms


  1. Soak almonds and pistachios in lukewarm water for half an hour or until the skin can be peeled. Then slice them lengthwise with a sharp paring knife.
  2. Wash the raisins a couple of times and dry them with tissue paper.
  3. Peel the cardamoms and crush them into powder.
  4. Wash cleaned poha under cold water in a colander. Let it stay for about 15-20 minutes until they soften.
  5. Pour the washed poha into a large dish, add coconut and sugar and mix well.
  6. Add sliced almonds, pistachios, raisin and cardamom powder. Mix thoroughly and leave it for about half an hour.
  7. The Malida is presented in a special dish along with seven fruits, two of which should be new. One new HA’ETZ and one new HA’ADAMA.
  8. Scented flowers or cloves should be used for the BESAMIM blessing.

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