Food for Yom HaAtzma-ut
by Norene Gilletz
I asked several Israeli friends how they celebrate Yom HaAtzma-ut,
Israel's Independence Day, they replied, "With a barbecue, of
course!" According to Sheila Mendel of Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet,
"People are barbecuing everywhere, even in the middle of the
street. Our kibbutz usually has a giant barbecue, with steaks, kabobs,
Israeli salad, hummous, tachina, pita and eggplant salad.
crowds feast on falafel, which is informally considered Israel's
national dish. Since falafel is deep-fried and very high in fat, here
is a great alternative. Try this delicious recipe for Grilled Falafel,
so you can feel culinarily connected with Israel! It comes from Faye
Levy's latest cookbook 1000 Jewish
Recipes. Serve it with Tahini Sauce from my cookbook Healthy
6 large cloves garlic
1/3 cup small sprigs fresh cilantro or Italian parsley
1 medium onion
3 cups canned or cooked chickpeas, well-drained
2 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp.ground coriander
pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tbsp.bread crumbs
1 large egg white
garlic and cilantro in food processor. Add onion to mixture in
processor and mince it by pulsing. Add chickpeas, cumin, coriander,
salt, pepper cayenne and bread crumbs. Process with brief pulses to a
chunky puree, scraping down sides occasionally. Add egg white and
process until blended. Transfer to a bowl. Mix well.
mixture into 8 smooth patties. Pack mixture firmly when shaping so
that falafel holds together.
grill and brush with oil. Grill falafel patties over medium heat about
5 minutes per side or until slightly firm on top, turning patties over
carefully with 2 spatulas. Serve hot.
Suggestion Serve these the Israeli way, inside a split,
very fresh pita with several spoonfuls of Israeli salad. Add pickles,
hot sauce and tahini sauce.
4 servings, 8 patties
1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
3/4 cup water
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice (to taste)
salt to taste
tahini in a jar. Add water and mix well. Add remaining ingredients and
shake until blended. Makes about 1 1/4 cups. Keeps about 2 weeks in
Secret! Instead of stirring tahini before you measure it,
pour off oil which has risen to the top of the jar and discard it.
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