Manchester Jewish Museum

Persian Purim Cookies
Foodie Group



Manchester Jewish Museum Learning Kitchen


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For the month of Purim we will be baking our own Persian Purim cookies as well as making our own alcohol free Pomegranate cocktails and exploring other Purim traditions.

Persian Purim Cookies, called ‘Nanbrangi’ or sometimes ‘Naan Berenji’ are a Persian biscuit tipped with poppy seeds and traditionally eaten for Purim, or ‘Norouz’, the Persian New Year. The poppy seeds symbolise elements from the Book of Esther: the story of how in Ancient Persia Queen Esther saved the Jewish people from the cruel hands of the King’s wicked advisor, Haman. This story is an important part of Purim which celebrates the salvation of the Jews of Persia.

Find our more about the traditions around food, dressing up and the exchanging of gifts at Purim as we read aloud extracts from the Harris House Girl’s diaries in our collection, including the Purim plays they put on for their hosts at the guest house in Southport. We will also explore Norouz (Persian New Year) traditions including the preparation of seven foods and displaying lucky goldfish.

After the cookie baking we will concoct our very own Persian-inspired pomegranate mocktails (alcohol free cocktails) to reflect the celebratory feeling of Purim as we share our own Purim memories and experiences.

Our workshops are informal, chatty and a chance to meet new people as well as learn about new recipes and cooking traditions.

What you need to know

The workshop lasts 2 hours in total and we can’t guarantee that we will be able to accommodate latecomers.

If you would like to take part in the workshop, please sign emailing You will then be invited to join our Foodie Group.

Places are limited so we recommend emailing Gemma in advance to book your place.

All recipes used in the workshop are vegetarian and use kosher ingredients. If you have any allergies please email in advance.

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