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beracha on cooked farro


Rabbi Yoel Lieberman

Kislev 28, 5779
What bracha do you make on cooked farro? we cooked some and will be using it in a salad.
ב"ה Shalom Happy Chanuka As I wrote previously, if the farro is cooked, its Bracha is mezonot. However, particularly because it is mezonot, when placed in salad a new question arises. What is the "ikar" the main food in the salad and what is the "Tafel" – the secondary. According to the Mishna Brura when Mezonot is mixed with other foods, even if the mezonot is the minority, the Bracha is mezonot. So, it follows that farro in salad when there for taste or to be filling, (שs opposed to decorative purposes) a mezonot should be said and not "Ha'adama". (מ”ב רי”ב סק”א). However, there are many who are concerned by the opinion of the Chayye Addam,(חיי אדם כלל נ"א סעי' י"ג), who says that when each component of the food is noticeable a separate Bracha is made for each ingredient. Therefore, some say to stay away from the doubt, and two Berachot are to be made. One- mezonot- for the farro- and the second- Ha'adama- for the vegetables. (See פסקי תשובות סי' ריב:ה) . All the Best
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