|my favorite take-homes: peppers, |
eggplant, & sauerkraut
A falafel sandwich is a delicate balance of ingredients and if one is off or missing, my falafel experience feels incomplete. In the coming weeks I plan to teach you how to make many of the ingredients necessary to create you own falafel dinner. First, we'll see how the experts put together a great falafel pita.
Above: Toppings include bottles of hareef, tehina, amba, and ketchup. Right: My son partaking in his falafel-less sandwich.
Lets learn some Falafel and Shawarma vocabulary!
|falafel with "chips"|
פלאפל A falafel is a deep fried ball of ground chickpeas. Falafel can also refer to a sandwich with falafel balls in pita.
חצילים hatzilim - eggplants
חמוצים hamutzim - pickles
סלט salat - usually Israeli salad, primarily chopped cucumbers and tomatoes
כרוב kruv - cabbage, in this case, sauerkraut
|"salads" and sauces - most of the items are spicey and/or pickled|
חריף hareef - sharp or spicy, often referring to a spicy sauce
עמבה amba - spicey curries mango sauce
טחינה prounounced t'hina (with the guteral 'h') - Tehina (or tehini) is a sauce made from a paste of ground sesame seeds. It is usually drizzled into the falafel sandwich as a final topping
רוטב rotav - sauce or dressing
פטרוזיליה petrozilia - parsley
בצל betzal - onions, in this case thinly sliced and dusted with purplish red summac
פלפלים pilpellim - peppers
גזר gezzer - carrot
פלפל חריפ pilpel harif - hot peppers
שווארמה shawarma - layers of meat roasted on a spit, most commonly turkey or lamb. Can also refer to a shawarma sandwich.
הודו, עוף, כבש hodu, oaf, keves - turkey, chicken, lamb (shawarma meat options)
פיתה, לאפה, לחמניה pita, laffa, lahmania - pocket bread, large flat bread, bun (bread options)
מפיות mappiot - napkins, of which you will need a lot!
|I love that metal zig-zag thing used to hold the |
pita upright while you pay and take your salads.
In back - turkey shawarma and "baby chicken" shawarma
Thanks SHAWARMA HACOHANIM, 22 Hahistadrut, Petach Tikva, Israel, 03-9130351 ("Lemehadrin" Glatt kosher under Mishkoltz supervision.)
Note: I was not paid to write this post; the shop owner just patiently let me take pictures and video. He has been kind and helpful since the first week I arrived and has not chastised me about my lack of Hebrew two years later.