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Israeli Recipes

Recipes for authentic Israeli cousine with out “personal interpretations” or “reimagening.” Just simple food Israeli’s love to eat.

Semolina Porridge sprinkled with cinnamon in a bowl on a counter

Semolina Porridge

Semolina porridge is common in Israel. Here we call it diysa, though that technically means any hot cereal. Semolina porridge is a wonderfully easy hot breakfast for cold winter mornings. It is also a nice change from oat meal. Growing up, my mom made a savory version. She cooks the semolina in a similar way …

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Cup of sachlav topped with cinnamon and coconut

Sahlab (Sachlav)

Sahlab aka sachlav is a favorite cold weather drink in Israel. As soon as the air begins to turn crisp you can find it petty much anywhere. Traditionally, sahlab is made from the flour made from orchid tubers. However, since these tubers are becoming endangered, in common to use artificial flavoring or to use rose …

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hummus in a plate on with oil, paprika, and chickpeas

Hummus Recipe

Hummus is an integral part of middle eastern food culture.  Here in Israel it is eaten on a regularly and at every gathering.  Serve as an appetizer with pita for wiping. I was so young the first time I ate hummus that I don’t remember the experience.  You may already know this but hummus is …

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bowl of pearl couscous on a white marble counter

Pearl Couscous

Pearl couscous or Israeli couscous is a traditional Israeli side dish.  Serve alongside a saucy main dish. I’ve eaten pearl couscous a lot when served as a side dish to hot lunch when I taught in Israeli schools.   I’ve even had it as part of an on flight meal leaving Israel. Needless to say, …

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Moroccan carrot salad in a white bowl on a white marble counter

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Moroccan carrot salad is a nice addition to any table or picnic.  Serve as part of a mezze or as you would any other salad. Moroccan carrot salad was brought to Israel through Jewish immigrants from Morocco.  Since then it’s become a popular addition to the Israeli mezze where “salatim” (salads) are served. A mezze …

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Chicken shawarma on a plate with Israeli salad

Best Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma is Israel’s favorite street food along with falafel.  This version has all the classic shawarma flavor but is easy to make at home.  Serve with Israeli salad and mujadera or Israeli rice and beans.  In Israel you can find a shawarma shop just about anywhere you go.  In Jerusalem you cannot walk a block …

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Yellow mujadara piled on a plate

Mujadara

Mujadara is a popular side dish in Israel and throughout the Middle East made of rice and lentils topped with fried onions. Serve alongside chicken or meat. Mujadara is believed to have originated in modern day Iraq during the Middle Ages. It is also is said to have been inspired by lentil dish Jacob used …

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Sufganiyot on a white plate

Sufganiyot Recipe

Sufganiyot are Israel’s most popular Chanukah food.  These powdered jelly doughnuts are by far the best I’ve ever made and are even better than the bakeries’. Weeks prior to Chanukah, you can smell sufganiyot baking wherever you go in Israel tempting you to bite into the fluffy powered pastry.  Every bakery, pastry shop, mini market, …

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