| Matzah balls is a traditional Jewish food made from matzah, the unleavened bread used during the Passover holiday.
It is a small dumpling usually made out of matzo meal and usually eaten in chicken soup. Matzah balls are roughly spherical and range from fluffy to dense and doughy in texture; they can be anywhere from a few centimeters in diameter to the size of a large orange. They are most commonly served in chicken broth or soup as "matzah ball soup," a dish that is somewhat akin to a soup or thin stew with dumplings.
Matzah balls are a very common Passover food among Ashkenazic Jews and are sometimes eaten at other times of year; Sephardic Jewish customs often vary.
Many families eat knaydlach and chicken soup every Friday night during the Shabbat dinner. Other families that do not observe Shabbat eat knaydlach during the Passover Seder, thus to many the knaydel is known as a Passover food.
Matzah balls, also known as knaydlach (pl.) (knaydel, singular) in Yiddish, (also matza balls, matzo balls, or matzoh balls)