Israel: Recipes



Love Israeli food? Want to try it yourself? Here are some links to famous Israeli recipes. Tried a recipe? Want to share a new recipe with us? Contact Shahar Peled.

Humus | Falafel | Chocolate Balls | Israeli Salad | Chicken Schnitzel | Middle Eastern Stuffed Eggplant


In soil science, humus refers to the fraction of soil organic matter that is amorphous and without the “cellular structure characteristic of plants, micro-organisms or animals. Humus significantly influences the bulk density of soil and contributes to moisture and nutrient retention. Soil formation begins with the weathering of humus. In agriculture, humus is sometimes also used to describe mature, or natural compost extracted from a forest or other spontaneous source for use to amend soil. It is also used to describe a topsoil horizon that contains organic matter.


Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as lafa; “falafel” also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a meze tray (assortment of appetizers). Falafel is a common dish eaten throughout the Middle East. The fritters are now found around the world as a replacement for meat and as a form of street food.

Chocolate Balls

Chocolate balls are a spherical confection made of or dipped into chocolate. Other ingredients may include peanut butter or marzipan. In Nordic countries, most notably Sweden, Denmark and Iceland, chokladboll or kokosbollar are chocolate balls covered in coconut.

Israeli Salad

Israeli salad is a chopped salad of finely diced tomato and cucumber. Distinguished by the tiny diced tomatoes and cucumbers,” it is described as the “most well-known national dish of Israel and is a key part of a traditional Israeli breakfast. In Israel, it is most commonly referred to as salat yerakot, salat katzutz and salat aravi.

Chicken Schnitzel

Chicken Schnitzel is a boneless meat, thinned with a meat tenderizer, coated with flour, beaten eggs and bread crumbs, and then fried. A popular food in many countries, it is made from veal, mutton, chicken, beef, turkey, reindeer or pork. It is very similar to the French dish escalope.

Middle Eastern Stuffed Eggplant

Eggplants are stuffed with meat (lamb or beef) and bulgur or rice but a bit distinctly than it’s neighbors because of a wider use of different flavors of the dish by region like tamarind, date, etc., also there is a wider use of spices than there is in Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan. The ingredients include eggplant, minced meat, rice, bulgur, onion, tomato paste, sumac, tamarind juice, lemon juice, date honey, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, pine nuts, almonds, walnuts, tomato, parsley, mint, salt, black pepper and olive oil.