List of Israeli dishes

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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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Spices and condiments[edit]



Pita in the marketplace

Bread dishes[edit]

  • 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[edit]



  • 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[edit]


  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.