With Israel being a young country of immigrants and located in the middle east- the Israeli cuisine, full of taste, diversity and color, is influenced by traditional Jewish dishes and middle east kitchen.
Explore the best of Israeli cooking with these recipes for simple and popular food you can make at home, such as Hummus, Shakshuka, and more.
Origin in Persia, this nutritious high protein dish is perfect for vegetarians\ vegans.
Ingredients (4 dishes)
1 Large onion diced
2 Garlic cloves chopped
1 Cup rice
3\4 cup black lentils
4 Tsp Salt
2 Tsp black pepper
2 Tsp Cumin
Rice: Heat one tbsp of olive oil in a pot, add the rice and mix until it is hot. Add two cups of hot water and one tsp of salt. Mix and lower the hit to the minimum. cover the pot and wait for 20 minutes. Open, mix, and remove from the heat.
Black lentils: Add the lentils, one liter of room temperature water and one Tsp of salt to a pot. Cook until boiled, lower the heat and continue cooking with the lid half covering the pot. After 20 minutes, start tasting the lentils. It should be soft but not too mushy.
Making the Mujaddara: Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, cook until the onion becomes caramelized (It takes time so be patient).
Once the onion is caramelized, add the rice and 3 Tbsp of olive oil. Mix and then add the black lentils, 2 Tsp of salt, pepper, chili flakes and cumin.
Remove from the heat and enjoy!
Israelis are obsessed with Shakshuka. Origin in Tunisia, North Africa- the meaning of the name is “mixture”. Served as a morning dish but honestly you can eat it anytime and make it anywhere- great dish to cook while camping!
Ingredients: (5 dishes)
1 Medium onion diced
2 Garlic cloves chopped
2 TBS fresh parsley chopped
8 Tomatoes diced
1 Red bell pepper
2 Tsp sweet Paprika
1 Tsp spicy paprika
Salt and pepper For spicy flavor – Chili flakes\ spicy green pepper
Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, cook until onion is transparent. Add the red bell pepper and mix. After 3 minutes add the tomatoes and spices and mix. Wait until the tomatoes and pepper are soft and then use a large spoon to make small wells in the sauce and crack the eggs into each well. Cover the pan. Wait until the egg is cooked as you please (usually 5 minutes).
Tip: after adding the eggs, you can add mozzarella cheese\ chickpeas or sliced eggplant on top for additional flavor.
3. Israeli salad
This easy to make, fresh and delicious salad goes along with everything and in every meal. Evolved from Turkish salad, this dish takes about 3 minutes to make.
Ingredients (3 dishes)
2 Persian cucumbers diced small
2 tomatoes diced small
Small onion diced small
3 Tbsp parsley
In a bowl, mix all the vegetables together. Add olive oil, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. You also can make this salad only with tomatoes and cucumbers as many other Israelis do.
Probably the most popular food among Israelis and very well known around the world. It is basic, yet so good! Whether if you eat it in a restaurant, at work or get it in the supermarket, or on a Friday afternoon with some friends- Hummus definitely feels like home.
Ingredients (8 people)
1\2 kg chickpeas
1 cup raw tahini whole sesame
1 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves
1 cup of water
- Soak the chickpeas for 12 hours. Change the water every few hours.
- Fill a large pot with water and add the chickpeas. cook at a medium heat for an hour. When boiling, check that there is enough water. The chickpeas are ready when they are soft and can be squeezed easily. When ready, filter the chickpeas- save a cup of water and put aside a cup of the cooked chickpeas. Let the chickpeas cool down.
- Put the cooked and now cooled chickpeas in the food processor along with the tahini, water, lemon juice and garlic. Grind until you get the desired texture (supposed to be smooth). Taste and add salt and lemon juice as you please.
Pour some of the Hummus in a bowl, add cooked chickpeas on top, tahini, olive oil, fresh parsley and lemon juice. Cut onion into fours and heat pitta in the oven- serve it with the hummus.
It is hot in Israel, hot and humid. Sold at any restaurant, food stand or ‘hummusia’- What is a better cool down then a nice glass of lemonade?
Ingredients (6 cups)
3\4 Cup of lemon juice
4 Cups of cold water
1\2 Cup of white sugar
1 Cup of hot water
Pour 1 cup of water and the sugar into a pot, mix until the sugar is melted. Set aside to cool. Mix the sugar water with the cold water and lemon juice. Add ice cubes.
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