Vocab Lesson: Sufganiyot

Learn more about these plump, jelly-filled doughnuts.

sufganiyot doughnuts

Find traditional sufganiyot this season at Area Four (pictured), Sofra, and Treats on Washington. / Photo by Bruce Peterson

These plump, round jelly-stuffed doughnuts, consumed frequently during Hanukkah, are deep-fried (like another holiday favorite, potato latkes) in reference to the oil that miraculously burned for eight days after the Jewish Maccabees defeated the Syrian-Greeks in 167 B.C.E.