Israeli food is famous for its diversity and grand assimilation of myriad culinary influences from all parts of the world while adhering to the Jewish dietary guidance. From Eastern-European stews to street food Israeli dishes reflect great diversity.
This has been reiterated in the cookbook by noted food writer Joan Nathan also in his book on the cuisines of Israel. Here we are taking a closer look at some of the popular dishes in Israel that may prompt you to rush for the recipe of Israeli foods.
Shakshuka is a popular dish of Israel. It is served mostly as breakfast or brunch. It is hot, hearty, and filling. It is based on a sauce of tomato and pepper spiced with cumin and chili flakes. The toppings include poached eggs and a sprinkling of parsley.
Hummus is an iconic food in Israel and is good to serve at all times—breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack times. For breakfast, it can start with a pita stuffed with hummus along with an Israeli salad.
Hummus can be embellished before serving by way of a spice blend of smoked paprika and the best toppings can include pine nuts and roasted chickpeas.
This is a very popular fast food in Israel. The deep-fried chickpea ball of falafel will come in a pita or as a side dish in a bowl of hummus.
Kubeh is a nice soup brought to Israel by Iraqi and Kurdish Jewish immigrants. This hearty dish in red or yellow color is made of balls of bulgur, minced onions, and red meat. It is a great dish to stay warm in the Israeli winter.
Knafeh is a delicious Palestinian dessert common in Israel. This sweet, cheesy pastry will be flavored with orange or rose water, with chopped pistachios sprinkled over it.
Jachin is a yummy Jewish dish with roots in Yemen. The dark, amber-colored pastry is sweet and served with tomato dips, boiled eggs, and a hot sauce.
Malawach is a pancake taken with honey, hard-boiled eggs, and a spicy dip. It is also served like a wrap filled with delicious ingredients such as hummus, tahini, eggplant, fried onion, and pickles.
This sandwich is a highly popular Israeli street food and consists of fried eggplant, hard-boiled eggs, hummus, tahini sauce, Israeli salad, and pickles.
Israeli shawarma is amazingly tasty and served in a pita or in a giant wrap. The meat may be turkey or chicken slow-cooked on a skewer, accompanied by hummus, tahini, salad, pickles, and cabbage.
Schnitzel, the European dish has an Israeli touch making the yummy Israeli schnitzel outpacing German schnitzel in taste. The magic comes from the replacement of pork with spicy chicken. It is served with a salad, mashed potato, and chips.