Two years ago, 300 Lebanese chefs fried 5 tons of falafel balls. What is the most Israeli food? But about 40% of the Jewish population of Israel are Sepharadic Jews, from Arab and North African countries. Slice buns and spread each one with a generous layer of hummus. $11 1 Falafel While the origin of falafel is unknown and controversial, a common theory is that the dish originated in Egypt. $15. The Falafel Is Often a Deep-Fried Chickpea or Fava Bean Ball. But then in the world we live in, everything is about politics, and politics is about everything. But only in Syria and Israel (including “the territories” of course) has hummus become such a basic and important dish. Since the discussion originally touched on origins and etymologies of famous ME dishes, can I return to all that and ask someone where the word “pita” comes from? The difference between them is that Hummus is a ground paste of select chickpeas combined with olive oil, spices and herbs. It is soft, chewy, and melt-in-the-mouth goodness. But as with anything else in the Middle East, politics can't be left out of the equation. PA media: 'Israel steals Palestinian falafel, hummus to create own history' 'Since food reveals each people’s culture and history, occupation attempts to steal everything that is … Interestingly, my family does trace its origins to the Arabian peninsula, but has had a continuous presence around Gaza since at least 1100 AD. Chickpeas were and are abundant in the Middle East and are still commonly eaten. Israeli or not, falafel in a pita bread with hummus and tahini dip, and with a chopped vegetable salad is a well balanced meal that will work well for vegans, vegetarians and anyone else coming for dinner. so next time be sure of your facts before you go blabbing about random things you have no idea about. There’s no problem as far as I’m concerned (and I’m Palestinian) with Israelis integrating falafel and hummus into their national popular cuisine. Some have suggested that it dates back to ancient times, though this is almost certainly incorrect. Topped with our enchilada sauce and cheese. People live in Jerusalem for a few years, Cairo the next, Beirut, Damascus, etc. Weren’t you the one who pointed out that hummus is mentioned in Ruth, long before Arabs arrived in the region? According to several historical sources, the earliest mention of hummus dates back to Egypt in the 13th century. But if I can’t, I am grateful for this blog for giving me the information I need to try to make my own. Palestinians are the descendants of people who have been living in the land we call Palestine/Israel from time immemorial (no apologies to Joan Peters) and those who came and went over the centuries. Falafel was made popular in Israel by Yemeni Jews in the 1950s. Fūl is a paste based on fava beans, with garlic and lemon added. Hummus, Falafel and Shawarma ARE Arab foods. In the 10th century AD Rashi (Rabbi Shlomoh Yitzhaki) wrote: “why is the Torah starting with the story of creation? It’s not the deliberate conspiracy Hishmeh imagines it as and Israelis mostly laugh when they hear it but it was what I believed for quite a while. Since Hishmeh insisted on giving his reader a history lesson, I’m afraid there’s a need for some additions and corrections. But if you want to make that argument, I usually try to see if the name of the food makes any sense in any language. (Hishmeh himself makes that point at the end of the colum, although he seems oblivious to its implications.). It’s no good shouting at the kids for eating all the cheese. Many cultures would love to claim hummus as their own, but unfortunately, because hummus has been around for so long, the exact origin has been lost.. What we know for sure is that chickpeas have been cultivated throughout the Middle East and India for thousands of years. The recipe for hummus … Then there’s the ease with which hummus was industrialized (unlike falafel), which made it a product for mass consumption. 1 can of cooked chickpeas. It’s cheap and easy to make, so there’s no reason not to prepare it often. You overlook the fact that Hishemeh notes, with humor, that he goes to a kosher restaurant for his favorite falafel, made by Palestinian cooks. to anyone who said that hummus and falafel isn’t served in countries like lebanon, egypt, syria, etc… you’re dead wrong. taste for food with them. Whereas Falafel … On the other hand, we have 3000 years of sequent Hebrew literature mentioning the land of Israel and Zion. Throughout the 18-19th centuries, a number of pilgrims and explorers came to Israel, and wrote about it and drew maps of it. (That’s quite a career Nino Jose Heredia has carved out for himself in Dubai!). Falafel is an ancient dish that has been popular in Egypt and now the rest of the Middle East. When it comes to hummus & falafel we are experts. Jerusalem, is also mentioned hundreds of times in the bible – but not once in the Koran. All You Need To Know About Falafels: Origin, Review and More The Middle East reminds us of a lot of exquisite things- deserts, camels, gigantic skyscrapers, luxurious hotels and of course the food. I was sure that Israel’s neighbors also eat lots of these dishes. 1.most Jewish Israelis today come from Arab countries and brought there You put it into words better than I do (probably due to the fact that English is not my mother tongue). And the way the Israeli falafel is served is, in my opinion, the main reason why Israeli falafel is truly, well, Israeli. Open a can of Israeli pickled cucumbers and serve it all in pita bread filled with the hot falafel balls. Our hummus, tahini and salads are … forgot about the russians…. This combination cannot be any more Israeli. In the countries that i just named, if you go to practically any traditional restaurant hummus would be one of the first plates you would get on the table, and they would do it automatically, its not even something you have to order. In our era, those foods are considered Israeli, because it was mostly Israelis who brought them to Europe and the US. Just imagine! and it is arab people, mostly syrian, lebanese, and egyptian, who own the restaurants where these foods are served. Falafel Inc is the world’s first falafel fast casual food social enterprise. At the end of the day when you `invent’ a food, you would not call it using a totally unknown language, would you? LISTEN, Will Bibi and the Arab Voters Get Married, and Where Has Ideology Gone? But, as long as Palestinian land continues to be confiscated, Palestinians are cut off from their farms, their ancient olive trees (over a hundred thousand) are bulldozed – and sometimes transferred to illegal Jewish-only colonies, as long as Palestinians are denied the right to existence itself as Palestinians (yes, there are some Arab nationals of Israel who do not identify as Palestinians, but one would be deluded to think they are anything but a minute minority of the Israeli Arabs) the notion that indigenous gastronomy (read Palestinian – Askhenazis are not native hummus eaters, and, of the Mizrahi population, those from north Africa and Yemen grew up on other foods) can be removed from its political context is pollyanish at best. Is there some mythologizing? Check out this recipe and more on Haaretz.com Food and Wine, Haaretz.com, the online edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, and analysis from Israel and the Middle East, © Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights Reserved, Get email notification for articles from Vered Guttman, Modern Manna recipe / Israeli falafel balls, When in Israel, eat like an Israeli: a guide to street food, Will Bibi and Arab Voters Get Married, and Where Has Ideology Gone? Such rhetoric, however, scarcely matches up with the facts. You’re probably thinking of falafel. Although as far as I know, most of the Palestinians are descendants of people who came here from Saudi-Arabia in the past few centuries, and despite the fact that my own ancestors were here for the last seven generation, I don’t think either of us – Israelis or Palestinians – “owns” the land. Many claim to be the first to have invented falafel. Does that give them the right to use it then in their new country? Hummus, with its various other spellings such as ‘houmous’, ‘humus’, ‘hommus’ or ‘hommos’, is an Arabic word that means ‘chickpea’. I guess we are sort of stuck together. There was always a Jewish community here – when falafel was brought here from Egypt by the Copts, and when hummus was eaten here by the Crusaders, and also when Ottoman Turks brought Shawarma with them. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a meze tray (assortment of appetizers). Add remaining hummus to a food processor along with drained beans, flour, and cilantro. There are no references to anything resembling falafel in pharaonic texts; in any case, the vegetable oil in which falafel is fried was then too expensive to be used to cook such a simple dish. ), I’m determined to MAKE good hummus for me and my son to enjoy. Shooky, keep up the good work. The filling options range from the classic Israeli salad made up of chopped cucumbers and tomatoes, to carrots, cabbage, fried eggplant and pickled veggies. The word falafel has a long and tasty history. Shortly after Rashi wrote this, the land of Israel was conquered by the Crusaders, then by Mamluks, then by Ottomans. One theory is that it came from India in the 6 th century A.D. I first came across hummus and Falafel and other such dishes when I worked at the Bagdad House restaurant in 1966. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/falafel-with-hummus-357351 Observing international hummus day makes plenty of sense. And ful is mentioned repeatedly in the Mishnah and as fethiye says, shawarma/doner/gyro is Turkish in origin, as are many “Middle-Eastern” dishes. But I can’t help commenting on this piece, a column by George S. Hishmeh titled ” The undeclared war on Arab cuisine”. Fūl, falafel, and hummus are the cornerstones of Kuwaiti cuisine, though Western fast-food restaurants abound in Kuwait city. Despite all the claims and counter-claims, falafel was almost certainly developed in Egypt, although when and by whom is a matter of debate. Who really owns the falafel? it’s pretty horrible jouranlism to just make things up out of thin air. I once read somewhere that the words “pita” and “pizza” are derived from the same word and, I guess, bread… Any ideas? “Today we’re going to make a recipe that I know you’ll love, a falafel and hummus Buddha bowl”. Israeli falafel is typically served in a pita with hummus and tahini dip and salad items of your choice. Of course. I like the author’s ideology, stop fighting and start eating hummus together. History tells us that the earliest known recipes for "hummus bi tahini" are recorded in 13th century cookbooks. LISTEN, North African Jews Also Murdered at Death Camp Sobibor, New Excavation, North African Jews Also Murdered at Death Camp Sobibor, New Excavation Reveals. But, ask the average American what he/she she considers the origins of pizza. The Israeli falafel is served in a pita bread and may include Israeli salad (oops, I meant Arab salad), hummus (did I mention the hummus war? So you see, we can argue about this for all eternity. (Though, Jews from other Arab countries, north African and Yemeni, wouldn’t have had much experience with these foods prior to migration) And, surely, just as pizza has become an integral part of US-popular cuisine, falafel and hummus have become an integral part of Israeli popular cuisine. Thanks Shooky. Better even that what you had planned. Hell, we all have to eat, and one might as well eat well. Not appetizing. Jews who lived in Egypt and Syria where exposed to falafel for centuries. Also, I believe a reasonable and fair solution should be found, to compensate all the people who were hurt, deported, evicted, etc. Dear Jar, Yet, for many, the question doesn’t even make sense, just as the notion that Palestinians have any right to the lands they have lived for millennia doesn’t make sense. Do we have any idea what kind(s) of bread and recipees for it “pita” stood for in Eretz Israel during the Talmudic period? Peasants surely were not so mobile, though they did move as necessity dictated, too. The same food is called “döner” in Turkish, and “gyro” in Greek which are literal translation of “rotation”, “something that turns” just explains how the spit turns and turns to cook the meat as you know. And what you do make often turns out to be really good. As an American living abroad in a city where I can’t find good hummus (though — there has to be some out there somewhere, doesn’t there? In the case as what most Middle Easterns call “shawarma”, I believe it has no meaning in Arabic or Hebrew (please correct me if I am wrong) but it is a derivation of “çevirme” from Turkish which could be translated to “the act of rotation.”. Ottoman Turks brought Shawarma with them. About the confiscation of lands and farms etc. That’s how national identities are formed. Surely there are many Israelis who say that falafel and hummus are “Arab” foods in origin, too. Place on a baking sheet and set aside. Ingredients. So it’s a reasonable point, but could be expressed just as well without the conspiracy theories about the Mossad bombing Iraqi synagogues and that charming cartoon of the hook-nosed haredi. 2 teaspoons of garlic powder. Hey Yohay, “Eat For Good” is the ethos behind our brand and movement. And, even then, there were still patches of non-Arab peoples living there, up until the first political Zionist colonies were established in the last fifth of the 19th century. Pour the chickpeas into a large bowl and cover them by about 3 inches of cold water. 1/4 cup of fresh coriander. I see it as an internal American dispute – between Jewish Americans and Palestinians Americans such as Hishmeh . The same could be said of the falafel, which some of us might have thought was strictly Jewish, but whose origins are as murky as the croissant's or another well-loved dish of Middle Eastern origin, hummus.The falafel is no orphan; in fact, many countries around the region have stepped forward to claim it as their own, including Yemen and Lebanon. 2 teaspoons of ground cumin. Why do people go and make these arguments and be proud of their nationality is kind of beyond my understanding. Veggie Quinoa Enchilada. Two corn tortillas stuffed with black beans and quinoa, roasted zucchini, squash, and red peppers. Falafel and Hummus Pita. Stonefire recipes showcase the versatility of our flatbreads. You just have to get on and make something else. This is why I believe a Palestinian state should be founded, beside Israel, and I hope It’ll happen soon. The name “Palestine” BTW, derives from the name of the “Plishtim” (Philistine), Phoenicians who came here from Lebanon and are mentioned in the bible. I disagree with “shawarma” being an Arab food. in the last 10 years or so there have been a growing number of israeli restaurants but they are not common. Israelis – just like their neighbors – did many stupid things over the years. JSinger – Non of them mentioned a mass of Arab people who were living here. and theres a falafel shop like every kilometer. Since food always traveled with immigrants, and local cuisines were adapted in new places, this discussion seems almost beside the point. Key difference: Falafel and Hummus are both Middle Eastern foods prepared using Chickpeas as their prime ingredient. I do respect the fact that some Israeli Arabssee themselves as Palestinians, just like the Arabs in the occupied territories. Later on he more or less explains how Israelis are trying to steal the fame of Arab cuisine, a claim I already know for some time – only he goes back some 40 years to establish that claim, involving people and deeds which were better left alone. She wanted to know how she can convince them this is not the case.”. Israelis who argue falafel is their own face strong objections from Egyptians, Palestinians and Lebanese, who themselves claim to be the sole owners of these fried chickpea balls. In fact, the word hummus means chickpea in Arabic. Chop some tomatoes and Israeli cucumbers (unless if you prefer to call them Persian cucumbers) for a simple salad. 2) If one is to put any credence in biblical accounts of history (and one would be advised not to put too much credence in them, one reads in the Hebrew Bible that Moses encountered the peoples of Canaan as he migrated to the “Promised Land.” Whichever exile the ancient Hebrews supposedly suffered (yes, I’m challenging biblical historiography in hopes that a better source for historical knowledge will emerge), there is no reason to believe that the Canaanites, the Samaritans, the Philistines, or whichever peoples were living on the land, were also removed from it, thereby making one of the most important geopolitical positions on earth back then (as now) empty of people. One chef quotes Hazan, a falafel stall owner in Nazareth, who told her, “There’s a secret in every falafel ball.” Plates of hummus piled up in Gaza. The History of Hummus. 1. In our era, those foods are considered Israeli, because it was mostly Israelis who brought them to Europe and the US. I’m happy to hear we’re in agreement about the traumas of land confiscations, etc. I demand equal right for everybody who lives here. Falafel most likely originated in Egypt (though others claim it comes from India), where it is called ta’amiya and is made from fava beans. Unlike the chilli, which freezes great. Falafel is most often served in a pita, with pickles, tahina, hummus, cut vegetable salad and often, harif, a hot sauce, the type used depending on the origin of the falafel maker. Coincidently, only two weeks later in NYC, an Israeli chef managed to fry a 24 lb. Why? 1 grated carrot. Please remember a couple of things 1) borders were fluid until the twentieth century. ), German sauerkraut, Iraqi fried eggplant and pickled mango sauce, Yemeni hot sauce and French fries (to name just a few of the additions). If a dish becomes popular to the point where you can find it everywhere and it is eaten by everyone in the country, rich and poor, young and old, Sephardi and Ashkenazi, and many see it as their national dish, does it really matter where it came from? It’s a bread people assume to be Arab but as there is no letter “p” in Arabic, the word itself can’t come from it. Now, while there were “Arab” tribes/clans/peoples in Palestine for thousands of years (again, look at the Bible), the land surely wasn’t “Arabized” until the second or third generation after the Prophet Muhammed. If everything was peaceful in our region this probably wouldn’t be an issue worth arguing about. So who’s right? I worked out for myself, around 1980, how to make hummus because I couldn’t find a recipe – no www then – and once made 300 portions of hummus (1984?) I froze down the hummus, and the chilli, in ice cream tubs, the week before, and took the defrosting bricks to the camp site. Or, anyway, the overwhelming majority of them didn’t. Israel only exists for 60 years, but there were Jewish people here long before that. not sure what country the author is in but it is most definitely not true that people in the US consider these to be israeli food. *You can learn about the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern origins of the ingredients used in this bowl here: falafel, hummus, tahini, and tabbouleh. Let them soak overnight. I know there are many, many Israeli’s like you, but it’s nice to hear it, again. Make an easy tahini dip by mixing 1/2 cup tahini with 1/2 cup water and 1/3 cup lemon juice and some salt. and it does no service to anyone. Kibbeh, falafel, hummus, Tzatziki, tabbouleh, bread. Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. We do know that today’s Egyptians, for example, aren’t the decedents of ancient Egyptians but mostly of Saudi tribes who conquered Egypt in the 7th century AD, in the name of Islam. Coming to food, one simply cannot experience Middle Eastern cuisine without tasting this delicacy made from chickpeas or fava beans. I don’t see the Germans accusing Americans of stealing their hamburgers. It was later used by Sephardic Jews as a name for the Arab bread, and had spread to the world from there. The truth is, however, its actual origin is a little mysterious. It won’t bring the cheese back. And they are also Israeli foods. You can read all about it in my post Hummus, is it Israeli or Arab. elie – actually, Ashkenazi people are the majority in Israel since the ’90s, because of the vast immigration of former USSR Jews to Israel. They all found SOME local Arab populations, just as they found my Ancestors, in Jerusalem and Safad. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as taboon; "falafel" also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way. Middle Eastern food fights aside, Israelis have found their own way to eat the fried chickpea balls. The word pita originates from ancient Aramaic (also “bread”) and was used several times in the Talmud. And you're probably right, assuming that the question has one answer. But, I suspect by then, the definition of what is Israeli will have to change considerably (nearly 180 degrees) before that happens. I used often to freeze it, but it doesn’t keep well frozen for more than a couple of weeks. Pour them into your food processor along with the chopped onion, garlic cloves, parsley, flour or chickpea flour (use chickpea flour to make gluten free), salt, cumin, ground coriander, black peppe… I say: in my heart I believe this land is “mine”, but this does not give me the right to hurt other people. This bread, also popularly known as khubz, is a favorite amongst the masses because of its puffy and soft texture that goes well with every type of dish – meat platter, shawarma, falafel, and hummus. That said, Hishmeh’s daughter is correct that American Jews do mostly think that falafel and hummus are *uniquely* Israeli foods invented in Israel by Jews. What I don’t understand is why Hishmeh don’t respect the fact that there are also Arabs who see themselves as Israelis, having and Israeli citizenship, speaking both the official Israeli languages (Arab and Hebrew) and sharing a glamorous cuisine with the Jewish citizens of Israel. Who invented falafel? I didn’t make the pitta – a bit of a mission – but I did make money, and friends. But this has nothing to do with the right of one man or another over territories and foods. In sandwich form, the falafel comes in a soft, round pita (brought in from a New York bakery, Levin says) stuffed with cucumber, tomato, cabbage, creamy hummus, tahini and four or … That being said, though, based on historical information, hummus likely originated from ancient Egypt. Maybe it would be better to concentrate on the real problems? They will double in size as they soak you will have between 4 and 5 cups of beans after soaking. This combination cannot be any more Israeli. Not only are chickpeas a great addition to salads or as a side dish, the small but mighty ingredient is the basis for two major Mediterranean staples: falafel and hummus. 1/2 cup of fresh parsley. – I totally agree. And that’s probably because it’s been eaten by the poorest people (except those in Egypt, were the national legume is the broad-bean). 2. both Israelis and Palestinians perfected humus and falalfal to levels that So it’s more reasonable to think of a way we can live here together. falafel ball. A recipe for a ‘cold purée of chickpeas with vinegar and pickled lemons topped with herbs, spices, and oil appears, in an old Egyptian cookbook called ‘Kenz al-Fawa'id Fi Tanwi' Al Mawa'id’. So, what really is a falafel? To make it even easier, you can double the recipe and freeze half of the mixture (before adding the flour and baking soda) then thaw it to fry fresh falafel when you’re ready. And I mean common both between Israeli Jews AND Israeli Arabs – which people like Hishmeh insist are Palestinians. I guess that Iraqis, Lybians and people from more distant countries focus on other dishes, but I was sure that Egyptians, Jordanians, Lebanese and Syrians do eat a lot of Hummus…. I already addressed the issue of subjecting hummus and other middle-eastern foods to political disputes. Many people I know agrees that we are all victims of evil and stupidity from both sides. But then again, food fights might be a better choice. Hummus has been around since the 13th century, but the exact origin is not confirmed. This is all very interesting, only what evidence is there that Palestinians are the decedents of Canaanites? and 300 portions of chilli sin carne, sold it all in pitta bread with salad at a pop festival, in a day! No one, not even the most ardent Arab-nationalist, would deny that Arab Jews, Syrian, Palestinian, Egyptian, and Iraqi, have enjoyed falafel and hummus for as long as falafel and hummus have existed. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. Posted on August 30, 2007 by Shooky Galili in Hummus, World of Hummus // 22 Comments. For over 10 years, Jonathan has been continuously working on perfecting and refining his hummus & falafel recipes and now he is sharing the awesome results with our customers. Anyhow, the political situation in Israel is really more complicated than that. I think everybody who lives here should have the same rights as I do, and I think separating a man from a land he cultivated is a very very wrong doing, no matter how you look at it. Many folklore tales told of hummus … As for the origins of Palestinians, they did not migrate from what is Saudi Arabia in the last few centuries. Due to its popularity across the Gulf, its origin is still a hot topic for debate. We serve up authentic vegetarian falafel, hummus, bowls and sides made daily with all natural, fresh ingredients. 2 Hummus The earliest known written recipes for a dish resembling hummus bi tahina are recorded in cookbooks written in Cairo in the 13th century Image Credit: Dubai: Turns out humus is so well loved, that every year on May 13th, the creamy dip gets an entire day of appreciation. It makes me sad that even on a blog about hummus we can’t get away from politics. Hopefully we’ll reach the day when identities will become blurred much as chickpeas are blurred into tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. In fact, I totally disagree on these type of “which nationality made this food first” arguments. But the origin of falafel likely lies somewhere in Egypt, instead. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans well. Mohammed Asad, “Hummus” Israel isn’t the only place where it’s served. First of all, for those who haven’t tried … Now forget the rest of the explanation, which is the Jewish narrative – can you think of a Palestinian equivalent? In 15 minutes you can create a … ), German sauerkraut, Iraqi fried eggplant and pickled mango sauce, Yemeni hot sauce and French fries (to name just a few of the additions). As far as I know, Syrian are no less hummus eaters than we are, and you can certainly find hummus on all our neighbors’ tables, except Egyptians. The falafel debate has actually turned into a verifiable food fight, much like the Great Hummus War between Israel and Lebanon, ongoing over the last few few years. Just in time for Israel's Independence Day, Vered Guttman gives us the scoop on how to make and eat these delicious treats. I didn’t vote for the current government, as I know most Palestinians didn’t vote for Hamas, or regret doing so (and those who did , didn’t do it because Hamas sent suicide bombers into Israeli cities, but because they were disappointed with Fatah). And, because they are more common in Israel than in any Arab country. Still, I wish hummus was left out of it. But, there’s no real reason to doubt that a people who have been extant on the land for countless generations wouldn’t legitimately trace their heritage to the earliest days. So, Hummus, Falafel and Shawarma are uncommon in other Arab states? I hope I can come to Israel some day and try the local hummus (and baba ghanouj, and falafel, and ful, and whatever else is worth trying!). Because one day, when Jewish people will return to the land of Israel, there will be people who’d say this land isn’t theirs…”. About the Iraqi synagogue – it’s a true story. 2. 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