Alternative Spellings

kigel, kugl, kigl, kugeleh


  • Baked pudding or casserole made with eggs and various ingredients, including noodles, potatoes, or spinach
  • The South African equivalent of a "Jewish American Princess"

Example Sentences

  • Advertisement on Yiddishkeit LA's web page: "2nd non-annual kugl kukh-off...Whatever you call it and whatever you put in it, kugl is the ultimate in American Jewish culinary creativity, that sweet or savory dish that seems to find its way to your plate at every holiday and family gathering."

Languages of Origin



קוגל kugl

Who Uses This

Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


North America, South Africa


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


The way this word is pronounced, and whether it is sweet or salty, is based on geographic region in Eastern Europe.

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