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Chicken shawarma on a plate with Israeli salad

Israeli Food

Israeli food is known for it’s delicious flavor. Here you will find recipes for popular dishes include shawarma, hummus, falafel, and Israeli salad but you’ll also find much more. This is a collection of real Israeli recipes brought to you by an actual Israeli-American. If you’ve ever walked through the side paths of Machane Yehuda …

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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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a white bowl filled with Israeli bean soup on a white marble counter

Israeli Bean Soup

Israeli bean soup is filling and perfect for chilly fall nights and cold winter days to warm you up from the inside out. Bean soup is a favorite in Israel.  You won’t find it much in restaurants or bargain priced food shops in Israel, but it is commonly made in homes during the winter. Come …

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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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Shawarma seasoning in a white bowl on a white marble counter

Shawarma Seasoning

Shawarma seasoning is easy to make at home bringing Middle Eastern flavors right to your kitchen. Use it on chicken, turkey, and lamb. Shawarma is Israel’s most popular street food.  In fact, turkey shawarma is so popular that Israel eats the most amount of turkey in the world per capita.  Which by the way, happens …

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Yellow mujadara piled on a plate


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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Rosemary and salt focaccia on a wooden cutting board

Italian Focaccia Recipe

Focaccia is an incredibly versatile food.  It can be served as a main dish, an appetizer, table bread, as a side, a snack, and even used as sandwich bread. It is often served with wine, however, when eaten for breakfast, it’s dipped in a cappuccino or milk. Focaccia is an Italian flat bread. In ancient …

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