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Falafel is an ancient dish that has been popular in Egypt and now the rest of the Middle East. The history of falafel goes back to the days of the pharaohs. The name most likely devise from the Arabic word for spicy, Mefelfel. The Copts, an Egyptian Christian sect, also claim to have invented the ta’amia, the fava-bean fritter that is parent to the falafel. It is believed that falafels were invented in Alexandria. Since Alexandria is a port, sailors from all over took the delicious little patties home, and eventually falafel became popular fasts food all over the Middle East. Accordingly, Middle Eastern Jews overwhelmingly favored chickpeas solo in their falafels. An early Middle Eastern fast food, falafel was commonly sold wrapped in paper, but not served in the familiar pita sandwich. Beginning in the 1950s, Yemenite immigrants in Israel took up making falafel to earn a livehood, utilizing the chickpea version common in the Levant and transformed this ancient treat into the Israeli national street food. It’s hard to come by authentic, good quality, healthy Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine. Falafel’s not only pioneered the segment but remains the leader even today! 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 palate, while retaining all the original flavours. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian fares come in a wide variety of flavours that will leave you spoilt for choice. All dishes at Falafel’s are priced sparingly so that healthy food is always available to you without burning a hole in your pocket.The focus remains on good food and quick service so that you never have to wait long for your meal. One of the fastest growing quick service meal chains in the country, Falafel’s is the nourishing answer to all your food cravings!

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Speaking of “Chasing Challah in Mumbai,” another one in the series that is archived in the Museum of Jewish People’s library archives in Tel Aviv, Israel. Read the story on my site. Many challah recipes for Rosh Hashanah are on my site. Even one Indian inspired. Link in profile. 📷©ShulieMadnick (Nikon) ...

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How A Mumbai Cook Prepares For Rosh HaShanah story is now published on my site. Link in profile. Watch the video in the article. I am curating all High Holidays articles and recipes I have published in various newspapers and magazines over the years in one space on my site. Stay tuned for more as we approach the Jewish New Year on September 18. Copyright ©️ShulieMadnick (Nikon) Ah & going back to no crop format. ...

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Halwa (AKA Indian malabi/milk pudding). This time I made it with coconut milk (the original version). We flavor it with cardamon (m), not rose water. Next time I will thicken it with chik (wheat starch). I added natural beta carotene based food coloring. Ah & churned it with an old hand mixer for the first time instead of stirring with a large spoon by hand. It creates a bit of a mess but easier though it doesn`t shorten the churning time. I didn`t add blanched and sliced thin pistachios and almonds due to tree-nut allergies. Need to cool down and refrigerate. We cut it into diamonds and serve..We usually make it for Rosh HaShanah, but Sagie is here, and before he heads back, I made this. It`s his favorite, and he hadn`t had it in years. However, he had malabi in Israel. BTW, the milk halwa recipe is on my site, but FYI, it`s not an easy recipe. (iPhone) ...

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On the third day of our trip through Jewish India danielndennis takes us to a Malida ceremony.

Malida is a ceremony only observed by the Bene Israel community, and not by Cochin Jews, Bene Ephraim or Baghdadi Jews (other communities of Jews from India). It is dedicated to giving thanks. The ceremony is performed by the community before or during any happy occasion such as weddings, bar-mitzvahs, engagements, naming ceremonies, birthdays, and house-warming ceremonies.

The traditional ceremony involves praying over and eating a plate of rice, dried coconut, sugar, and dried fruits, (at least one of the fruits being seasonal).

Since the prophet Elijah is considered the guardian prophet of the Bene Israel community, (it is said that he rescued the Jews who escaped the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and were washed ashore right outside today’s Mumbai), Malida has become synonymous with celebrating Elijah and giving thanks to him. Families sing Eliyahu Hanavi and say blessings over the fruits.

Wherever Bene Israel Jews live today, whether in Israel, India, or elsewhere, Malida is still observed and considered highly important.

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Indian halwa, milk or coconut milk-based custard, traditional for Rosh Hashanah. It’s sort of similar to malabi if you are looking for a point of reference. Happy Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, to you all! I didn’t add nuts here due to an allergy. Copyright © ShulieMadnick Traditional Indian pastries for break the fast on Yom Kippur, are featured on IG Stories. ...

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