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Palestinians in Santiago, Chile, share their flare for cooking 05/26/2012

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Palestinian Food Confiscated at Israeli Checkpoints 05/26/2012

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As Palestinians await to pass through an apartheid checkpoint, they arrive with their lunches for the day.. Most work in construction, on the Israel side of the apartheid wall. But sadly, they are not allowed to take much of their nourishment with them, only small portions are allowed. Cold water is seized, so is candy, and hummus. Food, as well as land, is seized.

Afteem Restaurant:Serving Peace and World Famous Falafels in Palestine 05/26/2012

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Watch how hummus is made, and more. Displaced in 1948, the manager’s grandfather had to leave Jaffa for Bethlehem. The first restaurant was opened serving all vegetarian food Palestinian style.
Afteem is the first traditional restaurant in Bethlehem since the mid 1900s, and has become a part of the sacred city’s heritage.

Hummus VIDEO: Easy Vegan Palestinian Style 05/26/2012

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GoodHousekeeping.com comes to Palestine for the best hummus recipe.

Lunch: Falafel with Vegan yogurt sauce made of soya yogurt, cucumber, parsley 05/19/2012

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Falafel with vegan yogurt sauce made of soya yogurt, cucumber, parsley 

Roasted chickpea and tomato salad with Arab Bread 05/19/2012

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Serves 1-2

400g tin chickpeas, drained (240g when drained)
2tsp paprika
1/2tsp chilli powder
2tbsp oil
150g cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 small handful fresh parsley, chopped
2 spring onions (scallions), finely chopped

Heat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F). In a bowl, combine the drained chickpeas, oil, paprika and chilli powder, and spread the mixture out in a single layer on a baking tray. Roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway, or until slightly browned and crispy.

Meanwhile, combine the quartered tomatoes, parsley and chopped spring onions in a bowl. Add the roasted chickpeas and stir to combine.

Serve with warmed arab bread.



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This recipe is not Palestinian, but it makes use of the most wonderful bread ever, arabic bread, which is the staple food of Palestine.  This is a fusion recipe of middle eastern flavors, with Indian curry and Asian tofu.
  • 1 (12-15ounce)carton firm tofu
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 lime, juice of
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped gingerroot
  • 1 jalapeno chile orserano serano chile , seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds , crushed
  • 2 onions , finely diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 roma tomatoes , seeded and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro , chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon masala


  1. Crumble tofu onto a cloth towel, then gather the ends and twist firmly to get rid of any excess moisture. The tofu needs to be fairly dry. Turn crumbled tofu into a bowl and toss with half of the turmeric, the lime juice, and a few pinches of salt (to taste). Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in saute pan and add ginger, chile, and garlic. Saute over medium-high heat for 2 minutes or less, if the garlic begins to color. Add cumin, onions, remaining turmeric, and cayenne and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft (about 5 min.).
  3. Add tomatoes and raise the heat, stirring and cooking until the juices have just disappeared, then lower heat and add tofu. Season dish with 1/2 tsp salt and more to taste, and cook until tofu is heated through, 3-5 minutes. Stir in cilantro, sprinkle with the masala, and turn into serving dish or pitas. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Mlokhiya, A prisoners first food after 9 years in Isolation 05/18/2012

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On twitter today we hear about political prisoner Abdullah Barghouti, and that for the first time in 9 years, the Israeli prison authority let him call his family.  Imagine the emotion of that moment!  He tells his family he is back in human contact, and that prisoners cooked mlokhiya for him.  So, as a tribute to ALL prisoners in isolation, who are still awaiting that call & that welcoming meal of Mlokhiya, I urge you to try it if you have not.  Just look for the bags of frozen mlokhiya (almost always prepared from fresh leaves in Palestine) at your local Arab grocers.  This is the vegan version:

Ingredients (5-6)

  • 2 packets of frozen or fresh finely chopped mlokhiya (molokhia leaves) (Frozen molokhia is almost always sold finely chopped, but double check the package to make sure)
  • 6 cups of vegetable broth, canned or freshly made
  • 1 yellow onion, cut in fourths
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of organic grass-fed ghee or pastured butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground organic coriander
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 bay leaves, broken into pieces
  • 4-5 cardamom pods, crushed to release flavor
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • First bring stock to boil, and then add the frozen leaves in small pieces to the broth. Boil for 10 minutes. Chop onion and garlic very fine and saute in a pan with the olive oil and the spices. Add this mixture to the boiling soup and stir. Cook for 10 more minutes until it becomes thick. Serve warm with hot cooked rice.  Swirl lemon juice over top.

Palestinian Vegetarian Sesame Cookies (Barazek) البرازق 05/16/2012

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Very good with Strong Arab Coffee

Sesame Cookies (Barazek)


1 cup butter
½ cup sugar
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup milk
3 tablespoon pistachios, chopped
1 egg white
3 tablespoon sesame


– Preheat oven to (180 – 350) degrees.
– Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
– Add egg and vanilla, continue beating.
– Mix flour, salt and baking powder.
– Stir flour mixture gradually into butter mixture alternating with milk.
– Knead dough on lightly floured surface, divide into two.
– Roll each piece out into a circle, cut into rounds.
– Place a small amount of pistachios on a cookie sheet, top with the dough rounds and press lightly.
– Beat the egg white, and then brush the top of the cookies.
– Sprinkle with sesame.
– Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden.


1 كوب زبدة
1/2 كوب سكر
1 بيض
1/2 ملعقة صغيرة فانليا
3 كوب دقيق
1/4 ملعقة صغيرة ملح
1 ملعقة صغيرة بيكينج باودر
1/2 كوب حليب
3 ملعقة كبيرة فستق مجروش
1 بياض بيض
3 ملعقة كبيرة سمسم


– تخفق الزبدة جيداً ثم يُضاف السكر وتخلط المواد حتى تصبح هشة كالكريمة.
– يُضاف البيض والفانليا مع الاستمرار في الخفق حتى يندمج الخليط.
– يخلط الدقيق والبيكنج باودر والملح.
– يُضاف خليط الدقيق تدريجياً إلى خليط الزبدة.
– يُضاف الحليب إلى الخليط وتخفق المكونات حتى يتشكل عجين متماسك.
– يُمد العجين علي سطح مرشوش بقليل من الدقيق ويقطع بالقطاعة إلى دوائر صغيرة.
– يُقسم الفستق المجروش (حوالي 4/1 ملعقة صغيرة) في صاج على مسافات متباعدة.
– تُوضع الدوائر فوق الفستق المجروش ويضغط عليها قليلاً حتى يلتصق بها الفستق من اسفل.
– يُخفق بياض البيض وتدهن به البرازق من أعلى وترش بالسمسم.
– تُخبز البرازق في فرن حرارته 180 درجة مئوية لمدة 15 دقيقة.

يستحسن أن يوضع الصاج في الرف الأوسط حتى لا تحرق البرازق من اسفل.
ويجب استخدام فستق غير مملح وان يكون السمسم المستخدم غير محمص.

How Israel’s apartheidists are appropriating Palestinian Hummus 05/16/2012

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How Israel’s apartheidists are (1) appropriating middle eastern cuisine (2) attempting to rebrand Nakba Day with their vile cultural appropriation. From Kim Marie: ‘Seriously disgusting Zionist hasbara – Happy Hummus Day, which has been designated May 15, is being promoted on the web and FB. After seeing this on Sol’s FB page and his comment pointing out what “distasteful timing” it was, I started to do quick search – within in 3-5 mins it became clear that this part of a Zionist Hasbara campaign to rebrand Israel. If you look at the bottom left hand side of the Hummus Day website you will find the words “Innovation Israel Hackathon” – click on them and it takes you to a website by this name which states: “Innovation Israel Hackathon – Making Israel Go Viral! The Innovation Israel Hackathon is an initiative aiming to gather Israel’s brightest talent to make Israel go viral”. Everytime I think Zionist can’t get any more disgusting, I am always proven wrong – not only do they steal Arab culture/cuisine and trying to claim for themselves, they do so on a day that marks the destruction of Palestinian society by Zionism. Seriously how is this any different to Holocaust denial? ‘