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. Better even that what you had planned. Such rhetoric, however, scarcely matches up with the facts. Or, anyway, the overwhelming majority of them didn’t. I say: in my heart I believe this land is “mine”, but this does not give me the right to hurt other people. It won’t bring the cheese back. Formed from fried balls of chickpeas and spices, falafel is often served in unleavened bread… When it comes to hummus & falafel we are experts. 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. If we could only accept the situation we find ourselves in, and then work out a way to make things as fair and survivable, and as good, for all, as we can… like when you go to see what you have in your cupboard to cook, and make something out of what there is (I am imagining the shop is shut, or that I have no money anyway). I come here to read about hummus. 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. 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. Place on a baking sheet and set aside. Falafel is an ancient dish that has been popular in Egypt and now the rest of the Middle East. i stand corected! Coincidently, only two weeks later in NYC, an Israeli chef managed to fry a 24 lb. In our era, those foods are considered Israeli, because it was mostly Israelis who brought them to Europe and the US. Shooky, keep up the good work. Israelis – just like their neighbors – did many stupid things over the years. It was later used by Sephardic Jews as a name for the Arab bread, and had spread to the world from there. Mohammed Asad, “Hummus” in the last 10 years or so there have been a growing number of israeli restaurants but they are not common. 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. Falafel and Hummus Pita. Dear Jar, nor was it israelis who brought them here. Many folklore tales told of hummus … I guess we are sort of stuck together. I first came across hummus and Falafel and other such dishes when I worked at the Bagdad House restaurant in 1966. Unlike the chilli, which freezes great. I like the author’s ideology, stop fighting and start eating hummus together. 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? According to several historical sources, the earliest mention of hummus dates back to Egypt in the 13th century. I don’t see the Germans accusing Americans of stealing their hamburgers. Ottoman Turks brought Shawarma with them. But this has nothing to do with the right of one man or another over territories and foods. It doesn’t take much to guess that they ate some form of hummus, too. to anyone who said that hummus and falafel isn’t served in countries like lebanon, egypt, syria, etc… you’re dead wrong. You’re probably thinking of falafel. 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?) And the way the Israeli falafel is served is, in my opinion, the main reason why Israeli falafel is truly, well, Israeli. Falafel was made popular in Israel by Yemeni Jews in the 1950s. Jews who lived in Egypt and Syria where exposed to falafel for centuries. 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. Our hummus, tahini and salads are … 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. So who’s right? But then in the world we live in, everything is about politics, and politics is about everything. Of course. They all found SOME local Arab populations, just as they found my Ancestors, in Jerusalem and Safad. most people in the world just dont get! Jerusalem, is also mentioned hundreds of times in the bible – but not once in the Koran. Due to its popularity across the Gulf, its origin is still a hot topic for debate. But if I can’t, I am grateful for this blog for giving me the information I need to try to make my own. But as with anything else in the Middle East, politics can't be left out of the equation. But about 40% of the Jewish population of Israel are Sepharadic Jews, from Arab and North African countries. 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. The truth is, however, its actual origin is a little mysterious. *Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with tahini sauce, ~4 falafel per serving, ~1/4 cup hummus per serving, ~6 olives per serving, and without chili garlic sauce or garlic dill sauce. About the confiscation of lands and farms etc. Now forget the rest of the explanation, which is the Jewish narrative – can you think of a Palestinian equivalent? 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. The name “Palestine” BTW, derives from the name of the “Plishtim” (Philistine), Phoenicians who came here from Lebanon and are mentioned in the bible. They brought with them the chickpea version of the dish from Yemen and introduced the concept of serving falafel balls in pita bread. Who invented falafel? I used often to freeze it, but it doesn’t keep well frozen for more than a couple of weeks. Despite all the claims and counter-claims, falafel was almost certainly developed in Egypt, although when and by whom is a matter of debate. Falafel and hummus both are chickpea-based foods, but have some key differences. The difference between them is that Hummus is a ground paste of select chickpeas combined with olive oil, spices and herbs. 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’. This is why I believe a Palestinian state should be founded, beside Israel, and I hope It’ll happen soon. I see it as an internal American dispute – between Jewish Americans and Palestinians Americans such as Hishmeh . It’s no good shouting at the kids for eating all the cheese. 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. the US has an arab population much older than the state of israel and much larger than that of palestinian jews who’ve immigrated to the US. The recipe for hummus … 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. The word pita originates from ancient Aramaic (also “bread”) and was used several times in the Talmud. $15. 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. And, because they are more common in Israel than in any Arab country. 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. Israeli falafel is typically served in a pita with hummus and tahini dip and salad items of your choice. Falafel is so synonymous with Israeli food that the Israeli Ministry of Information and Diaspora Affairs has even asked Israelis to explain to people abroad that Israel has plenty more to offer, and that Israelis do not eat falafel and hummus three times a day! Palestinians trace their ancestry to that time and before, even claiming some Hebrew parentage. 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? 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…”. 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. 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. 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. *You can learn about the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern origins of the ingredients used in this bowl here: falafel, hummus, tahini, and tabbouleh. 1 grated carrot. 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? I froze down the hummus, and the chilli, in ice cream tubs, the week before, and took the defrosting bricks to the camp site. 2 teaspoons of ground cumin. Hell, we all have to eat, and one might as well eat well. Falafel Inc is the world’s first falafel fast casual food social enterprise. Chickpeas were and are abundant in the Middle East and are still commonly eaten. 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. Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. ), German sauerkraut, Iraqi fried eggplant and pickled mango sauce, Yemeni hot sauce and French fries (to name just a few of the additions). 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. “Today we’re going to make a recipe that I know you’ll love, a falafel and hummus Buddha bowl”. In the 10th century AD Rashi (Rabbi Shlomoh Yitzhaki) wrote: “why is the Torah starting with the story of creation? 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. There are also 2500-3000 year relics, including old synagogues in Israel. I’m happy to hear we’re in agreement about the traumas of land confiscations, etc. Throughout the 18-19th centuries, a number of pilgrims and explorers came to Israel, and wrote about it and drew maps of it. taste for food with them. Who really owns the falafel? So maybe, just maybe, some of the Palestinians are descendents of these people too? But, ask the average American what he/she she considers the origins of pizza. I once read somewhere that the words “pita” and “pizza” are derived from the same word and, I guess, bread… Any ideas? 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. Whirled Peas! 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. Chop some tomatoes and Israeli cucumbers (unless if you prefer to call them Persian cucumbers) for a simple salad. 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. This is one of the main reasons why people cannot get along, in my opinion, as they are so similar in many ways but cannot accept that fact. Weren’t you the one who pointed out that hummus is mentioned in Ruth, long before Arabs arrived in the region? 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 … 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? and theres a falafel shop like every kilometer. 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!). 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. One theory is that it came from India in the 6 th century A.D. Coming to food, one simply cannot experience Middle Eastern cuisine without tasting this delicacy made from chickpeas or fava beans. JSinger – And what you do make often turns out to be really good. You just have to get on and make something else. Hishmeh says: “My niece, Irene, called me a few days ago indignant that some of her American friends, including some Jews, keep describing typical Arab foods such as falafel, hummus and shawarma, among others, as Israeli. Also, I believe a reasonable and fair solution should be found, to compensate all the people who were hurt, deported, evicted, etc. So, Hummus, Falafel and Shawarma are uncommon in other Arab states? and 300 portions of chilli sin carne, sold it all in pitta bread with salad at a pop festival, in a day! 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 … 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. Two years ago, 300 Lebanese chefs fried 5 tons of falafel balls. As for the origins of Palestinians, they did not migrate from what is Saudi Arabia in the last few centuries. Do we have any idea what kind(s) of bread and recipees for it “pita” stood for in Eretz Israel during the Talmudic period? In fact, the word hummus means chickpea in Arabic. 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. I tried making hummus once, didn’t go very well, not because I’m Jewish though. Not appetizing. Then there’s the ease with which hummus was industrialized (unlike falafel), which made it a product for mass consumption. 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. Hummus, with its various other spellings such as ‘houmous’, ‘humus’, ‘hommus’ or ‘hommos’, is an Arabic word that means ‘chickpea’. 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. 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Does that give them the right to use it then in their new country? It is soft, chewy, and melt-in-the-mouth goodness. But, I suspect by then, the definition of what is Israeli will have to change considerably (nearly 180 degrees) before that happens. 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. Since food always traveled with immigrants, and local cuisines were adapted in new places, this discussion seems almost beside the point. Topped with our enchilada sauce and cheese. Two corn tortillas stuffed with black beans and quinoa, roasted zucchini, squash, and red peppers. Staying true to authentic baking methods, these flatbreads are made with the finest ingredients using traditional baking methods. elie – actually, Ashkenazi people are the majority in Israel since the ’90s, because of the vast immigration of former USSR Jews to Israel. (Hishmeh himself makes that point at the end of the colum, although he seems oblivious to its implications.). So you see, we can argue about this for all eternity. Can you think of Palestinian equivalents? Israel only exists for 60 years, but there were Jewish people here long before that. 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. The History of Hummus. LISTEN, Will Bibi and the Arab Voters Get Married, and Where Has Ideology Gone? falafel ball. 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. If everything was peaceful in our region this probably wouldn’t be an issue worth arguing about. Posted on August 30, 2007 by Shooky Galili in Hummus, World of Hummus // 22 Comments. 1.most Jewish Israelis today come from Arab countries and brought there I was sure that Israel’s neighbors also eat lots of these dishes. 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. From an array of delicious falafels and yummy hummus platters, to healthy wraps, and salads to powerhouse meal boxes, Falafel’s has slightly tempered all of these to suit the Indian […] 04 The History. The Levant has always been a crossroads. Except for the most ignorant, most will answer “Italy.” (I’m speaking of Italian-styled pizza, not lahmaajeen). In our era, those foods are considered Israeli, because it was mostly Israelis who brought them to Europe and the US. 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.”. Non of them mentioned a mass of Arab people who were living here. 2 teaspoons of garlic powder. 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? Fūl is a paste based on fava beans, with garlic and lemon added. Peasants surely were not so mobile, though they did move as necessity dictated, too. ), German sauerkraut, Iraqi fried eggplant and pickled mango sauce, Yemeni hot sauce and French fries (to name just a few of the additions). We also share a common tragedy, of a bloody ongoing conflict for far too long. Let them soak overnight. Middle Eastern food fights aside, Israelis have found their own way to eat the fried chickpea balls. 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. In fact, I totally disagree on these type of “which nationality made this food first” arguments. I agree with Xenobia, and I too would like to thank shooky for the work he is doing. 1 Falafel While the origin of falafel is unknown and controversial, a common theory is that the dish originated in Egypt. 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. 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. 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… This combination cannot be any more Israeli. 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. Veggie Quinoa Enchilada. LISTEN, North African Jews Also Murdered at Death Camp Sobibor, New Excavation, North African Jews Also Murdered at Death Camp Sobibor, New Excavation Reveals. I already addressed the issue of subjecting hummus and other middle-eastern foods to political disputes. 2. Why do people go and make these arguments and be proud of their nationality is kind of beyond my understanding. Anyhow, the political situation in Israel is really more complicated than that. Why? Just in time for Israel's Independence Day, Vered Guttman gives us the scoop on how to make and eat these delicious treats. 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 The Falafel Is Often a Deep-Fried Chickpea or Fava Bean Ball. ), I’m determined to MAKE good hummus for me and my son to enjoy. So it’s more reasonable to think of a way we can live here together. Being here together, sharing the same place and culture, is a given fact. At the end of the day when you `invent’ a food, you would not call it using a totally unknown language, would you? In 15 minutes you can create a … “Eat For Good” is the ethos behind our brand and movement. 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). Whereas Falafel … forgot about the russians…. 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. You can read all about it in my post Hummus, is it Israeli or Arab. Pour the chickpeas into a large bowl and cover them by about 3 inches of cold water. Interestingly, my family does trace its origins to the Arabian peninsula, but has had a continuous presence around Gaza since at least 1100 AD. And I mean common both between Israeli Jews AND Israeli Arabs – which people like Hishmeh insist are Palestinians. 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. Ingredients. (That’s quite a career Nino Jose Heredia has carved out for himself in Dubai!). 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