Israel’s cuisine goes well beyond hummus, falafel, or rugulah. There are many other spectacular Israeli dishes that celebrate the country’s cuisine and that can delight your taste buds. Discover some of them below. If you are planning your Israel Tour – you must plan eating at least some of these dishes.
- Jachnun – Yemenite Pastry
Jachnun is usually served on the morning of Sabbath, together with hard-boiled eggs, tomato dip, and s’hug. It consists of a paper-thin rolled-out dough that resembles an eggroll which is left to bake at low head during the night; by morning it becomes as flaky as a croissant. The dish is widely available frozen in Tel Aviv supermarkets.
- Potato Latkes
Potato latkes are basically fried potato pancakes which are easy to prepare and can be flavored with cheese, corn and red pepper, mushrooms and pecans, or sweet potato and cinnamon. Potato latkes are traditionally served during Hanukkah, but they are so tasty that you can enjoy them at any time.
- Cholent – Jewish Stew
Cholent is typically made with beef, potatoes, barley, and beans, although Sephardic Jews use rice instead of beans and barley, substitute the beef with chicken, and sometimes may even add whole eggs in their shells. The dish is traditionally boiled on the Friday before Sabbath and then slow-cooked for about 12 hours in an oven.
- Ptitim (or Ben-Gurion Rice) – Israeli Couscous
A rice-like pasta that today comes in creative shapes such as stars, rings, and little hearts, Ptitim is also know as Ben-Gurion Rice, after the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion. While it’s tasty by itself, it’s even tastier with garlic, onions, vegetables, or even meat.
A street food popular not only in Israel but also in Eastern European countries, Shawarma smells and tastes deliciously. It consists largely of lamb or chicken or beef which is grilled slowly on a spit and then shaved off and bundled in a rolled-up pita, together with other vegetables as well as hummus and tabbouleh, and then spiced with condiments.
Another delicious Israeli dish is Matbucha, which is made from stewed tomatoes, red peppers, onions, and garlic, to which can be added a variety of other vegetables. Matbucha is a multi-purpose dish, in that it can be used as a dip for pita, as salad, or simply as an appetizer.
Is your mouth watering yet? How about you book the next flight to Israel? Or at least visit your local Israeli restaurant…