Tzimmes, tsimmes, and other spelling variants (Yiddish: צימעס) is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish sweet stew typically made from carrots and dried fruits such as prunes or raisins, often combined with other root vegetables. Some cooks add chunks of meat (usually flanken or brisket). The dish is cooked slowly over low heat and flavored with honey or sugar and sometimes cinnamon or other spices.
Tzimmes is often part of the Rosh Hashanah meal, when it is traditional to eat sweet and honey-flavored dishes. Traditionally sliced in rounds, carrots bring to mind gold coins, symbolizing the hope of prosperity in the year to come.
The name may come from the Yiddish words tzim (for) and esn (eating). "To make a big tzimmes over something" is a Yinglish expression that means to make a big fuss, perhaps because of all the slicing, mixing, and stirring that go into the preparation of the dish.
In some regions, the name is sometimes used for other vegetable stews, such as those containing chickpeas or beans.
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Carrot Tzimmes, www.whats4eats.com
Sweet Carrot Tzimmes, judaism.about.com