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Shakshouka served in a pan

The following is a list of Israeli dishes. For the cuisine, see Israeli cuisine.

Main dishes

St. Peter's fish (tilapia) in a restaurant in Tiberias, Israel
  • Jerusalem mixed grill - an Israeli dish from Jerusalem,[1] it consists of chicken hearts, spleens and liver mixed with bits of lamb cooked on a flat grill, seasoned with onion, garlic, black pepper, cumin, turmeric and coriander, it is served with rice, mujaddara or bamia
  • Kubba bamia - Kubba made of semolina or rice and okra cooked in a tomato stew or soup
  • Kubba seleq - Kubba Stew or Soup made of Beet
  • Shashlik
  • Kufta - meatballs made of minced meat, spices and herbs cooked in tomato sauce, tamarind or date molasses alongside beans, peas, vegetables, etc.
  • Skewered Goose Liver - flavored with spices.
  • Tilapia - St. Peter's fish, eaten in Israel and especially in Tiberias fried or baked spices.
  • Denesse - in the coastal region is baked in the oven with yogurt, tomatoes, garlic, dried mint and cucumbers, it is also fried.
  • Merguez - North African spicy sausage, mainly grilled in Israel
  • Moussaka - oven-baked layer dish of a ground meat and eggplant casserole
  • Shakshouka - a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, often spiced with cumin
  • Schnitzel - Fried chicken with breadcrumbs or flour, in the flour version the chicken can be flavored with lemon juice, turmeric, cumin, sumac, paprika and more.
  • Brik
  • Ktzitzot Khubeza - a patty made of mallow, bulgur/bread crumbs, eggs, onion, olive oil
  • Malawach - Big bread eaten with fresh grated tomato and skhug
  • Hamin - variety of Shabbats stews
  • Jakhnun - Pastry served at Shabbat morning with fresh grated tomato and skhug, eaten for breakfast especially in Shabbath
  • Ziva - puff pastry topped with sesame seeds and filled with cheese and olives
  • Ptitim [2]
  • Couscous
  • Orez Shu'it - white beans cooked in a tomato stew and served on rice
  • Gefilte fish - such as carp, whitefish, or pike, which is typically eaten as an appetizer. It is a dish traditionally served by Ashkenazi Jewish households.
  • Burgul - cooked in many ways.
  • Kishka - in Israel it is available in the frozen-food section of most supermarkets.
  • Macaroni Hamin - is a traditional Sephardic Jerusalemite dish originally from the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Khachapuri - bread filled with eggs and cheese.



  • Kubba - Mixture of bulgur and meat stuffed with meat, nuts (principally pine nuts) or raisins and spices and sometimes parsley or mint
  • Memulaim - Vegetables and dried fruits filled with rice, bulgur, lamb, chicken, beef or fish and cooked in tomato sauce or date, carob, tamarind or pomegranate molasses.
  • Bourekas - phyllo or puff pastry that can be filled with vegetables, cheese, meat, spices, herbs, nuts, pickles, etc. (comes from the Börek)
  • Sambusak - pastry that can be filled with cheese, spices, herbs, chickpeas, fish, meat with pine nuts, or a mixture of chickpeas and meat (lamb, beef, chicken)
  • Kreplach - are small dumplings filled with ground meat, mashed potatoes or another filling, usually boiled and served in chicken soup, though they may also be served fried.

Salads and dips

Israeli eggplant salad with mayonnaise
  • Israeli salad - made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, parsley
  • Salat ḥatzilim b'mayonnaise - contains fried eggplant, mayonnaise, garlic
  • Tabbouleh - Parsley and bulgur salad with diced tomatoes, onions and lemon juice
  • Baba ghanoush - Aubergine salad with tahini, parsley and garlic. Sometimes hot sauce is added.
  • Hummus - Ground garbanzo beans with tahina and olive oil, eaten with pita or taboonbread.
  • Fattoush - Mixed leaf vegetable salad with pita bread pieces and sumac
  • Ful medames - Ground fava beans and olive oil
  • Masbaha
  • Salat avocado - rural salad made of avocados, with lemon juice and chopped scallions
  • Matbucha - cooked dish of tomatoes and roasted bell peppers seasoned with garlic and chili pepper.
  • Carrot salad
  • Cabbage salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Greek salad
  • Sabich salad - rural sabich dish that made as salad, the ingredients of it are almost the same as of the Sabich itself despite the Hummus and the Pita bread
  • Hamusim - Vegetables are soaked in water and salt in a pot and drawn from the air for the week such as: cucumber and cabbage, eggplant, carrot, turnip, radish, onion, caper, lemon, olives, cauliflower, tomatoes, chili, bell pepper, garlic and beans.

Cheeses and yogurts

Spices and condiments



Pita in the marketplace

Bread dishes

  • Falafel (could be served plain) - Fried chickpeas, spice and parsley ball
  • Shawarma - Pita bread roll of meat, tahini and various vegetables, in Israel it is also served with Amba condiment
  • Pita afuya im za'tar - Taboon bread topped with za'atar and olive oil
  • Sambusak - Fried dough balls stuffed with meat and onion or with cheese
  • Jerusalem mixed grill - can be served in pita or laffa
  • Bagel toast
  • Sabich - Israeli dish served in pita bread, traditionally contains fried eggplant, hard boiled eggs, hummus, tahini, Israeli salad, potato, parsley and amba. Traditionally it is made with haminados eggs, slow-cooked in Hamin until they turn brown. Sometimes it is doused with hot sauce and sprinkled with minced onion.
  • Lahmacun - round, thin piece of dough topped with minced meat (most commonly beef and lamb) and minced vegetables and herbs including onions, tomatoes and parsley, then baked.
  • Havita b'laffa - Omelette in a Taboon bread, served with Hummus or Labneh.
  • Tunisian sandwich


Falafel balls
Grill-flavored Bissli.

Sweets and desserts



  • Arak - Anise flavored alcoholic beverage, sometimes flavored with grapefruit or khat juices instead of water.
  • Israeli wine
  • Pomegranate wine
  • Turkish coffee
  • Sahlab - boiled milk with starch, covered with smashed coconut and cinnamon
  • Limonana - type of lemonade made from freshly-squeezed lemon juice and mint leaves
  • Vodka - distilled beverage composed primarily of water and ethanol, sometimes with traces of impurities and flavorings.
  • Beer
  • Tea sometimes flavored with rosewater, mint, lemon juice, honey or date honey
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Gat - A juice made of Khat, in Jerusalem it is mixed with citron and named Etrogat.
  • Apricot juice
  • Orange juice
  • Sugarcane juice
  • Chocolate milk in a bag (Shoko Bsakit)


See also


  1. ^ Ottolenghi, Y.; Tamimi, S. (2012). Jerusalem: A Cookbook. Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony. p. 326. ISBN 978-1-60774-395-8. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  2. ^ Gaunt, Doram (May 9, 2008). "Ben-Gurion's rice". Haaretz. Retrieved 19 August 2014.