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Fool, Falafel, and Tehina (Ful Medemas)- The Syrian Way!

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Fool, Falafel, and Tehina (Ful Medemas)- The Syrian Way!

7 Comments 06 February 2013



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When Nina Mustacchi tagged me on Instagram with her Fool Medemas recipe, I was intrigued to know more about her, and the exact details involving this Allepian flavor infused side dish. (click HERE to see it on Insta- and if you are not on Instagram yet, then please do so because you are missing out on a lot of Jewish Hostess fun!)

Of course, an authentic dish always tastes so much better when you get the background the the food and the real chef behind it, so Nina happily shared her story with me for all of my Jewish Hostesses to enjoy.

Born in Aleppo, Syria in 1970, 15 year old Nina Maleh knew that Syria was not a welcoming  place for her her and the Syrian Jewish community that had lived there for 3,000 years. Travel restrictions, business limitations, jail time, and Nazi-type beatings inflicted by the Syrian government were commonplace among all innocent fellow community members. One by one, the Syrian Jewish community began to escape the country. Most of them trudged perilously by foot to Israel, Turkey, and Lebanon. Nina’s parents had decided to escape Syria the year before so that they could set up a home in Brooklyn for when Nina and her two brothers would be able to escape to Brooklyn.  In 1985, Nina and her two young brothers fled the country by walking 12 hours through mountainous roads to get to freedom in Turkey. Soon after, they finally  reunited with their parents in Brooklyn, N.Y. The day that 17 year old Nina stepped into her new Brooklyn home, she met her future husband, who coincidentally happened to be visiting her parents. Nina told me that the minute that he set eyes upon her, he proposed on the spot! (phew-what a trip!!)

Nina told me that every Shabbat lunch she now serves at least 15 salads- Halaby style. (Halab-meaning milk, is the Arabic word for Aleppo, known as the place where Abraham our forefather rested and fed  his camels on his journey). The Halaby Jews are known for the abundant variety of salads and mazza that they serve with every Shabbat meal. Here is the Halaby version of fool, hummos, and falafel, which is also made Egyptian style by Egyptian Jews and Arabs alike. Pita bread is usually used to scoop up this flavorful concoction.

There are 3 components to this dish:

2-The tehina- The Syrian style tehina is thicker and more lemony than the traditional more watery Israeli style of tehina. The tehina is the bottom layer.

2-  The fool- (fava beans)- The Halaby or Allepian version of fool is much more lemony than the Egyptian method. Here Nina recommends using canned fava beans as opposed to the more time consuming task of boiling dried fava beans. This is the second layer.

3- The falafel patties- made with dried chick peas, soaked overnight. The falafel patties top this dish.

Falafel, Fool,and Hummos- The Syrian Way!

Falafel, Fool,and Hummos- The Syrian Way!


  • A jar of raw tahina
  • water
  • salt
  • lemon
  • garlic,
  • cumin to sprinkle on top.
  • Fava Bean or Fool Mixture:
  • 1 can of Fava beans
  • 2-3 heads of garlic, mashed
  • salt
  • lemon
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • olive oil
  • chopped tomatoes
  • parsley
  • Next:Top dish with falafel patties:
  • 1 bag of dried chick peas
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • salt, pepper


    Tehina (bottom layer)
  1. Mix all ingredients together to taste. Should be thick like yogurt consistency.
  2. Fool (fava bean salad mixture- goes on top of tehina layer)
  3. Boil can of Fava beans for 10 minutes only.
  4. Mix with 2- 3 mashed fresh garlic,
  5. salt,
  6. lemon
  7. cumin,
  8. paprika
  9. olive oil
  10. chopped tomatoes
  11. top with chopped parsley.
  12. Add olive oil and a sprinkle of chopped parsley on top.
  13. Make the falafel patties:
  14. Soak the dried chick peas overnight.(You can't use canned chick peas)
  15. Should be soft enough to break with your nail- not soft enough to smash.
  16. Grind chick peas in Cuisinart with parsley and cilantro.
  17. Grind with 2-3 cloves of garlic with each pulse using total 1 head of garlic. Add 2 tbsp flour or a little more till you can press into firm patties.
  18. Pan fry with vegetable oil or:
  19. bake it by rolling each ball in flour, dip in olive oil, fry it lightly to keep its' shape, and then spray with Pam and bake in a cookie pan.


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Homemade Hummus With Sumac

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Homemade Hummus With Sumac

No Comments 15 January 2011

Usually at superbowl parties you find the same assortment of greasy fingerfood. While I would never tell you to get rid of the obligatory hot wings, I do have suggestions for alternative foods that will entice the vegetarians and the health concious crowd. These recipes are also great to use as appetizers on Friday night.

All you need for this dish is a small food processor. It looks really impressive at the Shabbat table.

Sumac is a spice that is tasty on grilled meats and fish or as a seasoning for rice. It complements lentils and other beans as well as vegetables. Sumac is best known as a major ingredient in “za’atar.” This is a spice blend that also includes sesame seeds, thyme and salt. Za’atar is usually sprinkled on freshly baked flatbread. It is mixed into olive oil or yogurt for a zippy dip. Spellings for this mixture are as varied as that of sumac. It may be known as “zahtar,” “zather” or “zatar.”

Look for sumac or prepared za’atar at Middle Eastern markets, gourmet shops and some mail order sources.

I found kosher sumac HERE .

Superbowl Hummus with Sumac

  • 1 can Garbanzo beans
  • 2 teaspoons Tahini
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sumac

Rinse the Garbanzo beans and place in a food processor. Grind until smooth. Add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Add enough olive oil to make the Hummus smooth. Grind everything in the processor until everything blends together. Spoon the hummus onto a plate. Make an indentation in the middle of the hummus with a spoon. Pour in a small amount of olive oil in the indentation and then pour the sumac on top of the olive oil. Stick healthy chips into hummus in a circular pattern. Enjoy!

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Steamed Sweet Potato Hummus

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Steamed Sweet Potato Hummus

No Comments 09 December 2010

This recipe is an interesting variation of the typical hummus. Jewish women are always trying to dream up ways for the family to eat more vegetables. Serve with crudites or whole wheat  Pita chips when entertaining, or serve this healthy new side dish with a Shabbat lunch…

Makes 4 cups

  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 can (19.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Whole-wheat pita and crudites such as red pepper and broccoli
  1. Set a steamer basket in a large pot. Fill with enough water to come just below basket; bring to a boil. Add potatoes; reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a food processor.
  2. Combine chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, oil, cumin, and garlic in the food processor. Puree, about 1 minute; thin with water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper and let cool; refrigerate, in an airtight container, up to 1 week. Serve with pita and crudites.


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Healthy Kosher Chips and Dips for Super Bowl Sunday

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Healthy Kosher Chips and Dips for Super Bowl Sunday

3 Comments 01 December 2010

It’s that time of year again – when the whole family will gather around the TV Sunday afternoon – half to watch the game and half to watch the commercials. And while everyone has their own reasons for watching the Superbowl – they will all be in agreement about the need for great snacks. Whether you serve a full-course meal or a few things to nibble on, chips and dips are a Superbowl snacking essential. Here are some great kosher chips and dips that are exciting and different – when you get bored of the classic tortilla chips and salsa.

Baked Lentil Chips – in two different varieties – sea salt and cracked pepper and cucumber dill – these chips are totally gluten free and full of good things like fiber and protein.

Yummy-made out of lentils, adzuki and garbanzo beans!

Rice Works Whole grain Snacks – these crispy treats come in six delicious flavors – sea salt, sweet chili, salsa fresca, baked cinnamon, parmesan and tangy bbq – to satisfy the sweet and salty tooth in every member of your family. Plus they’re low fat, so you won’t feel guilty about your indulgence.

Sabra Red Pepper Hummus - there’s a reason Sabra hummus has the biggest share of the hummus market – it is just finger lickin’ good! Their red pepper variety is always a solid choice, or try the plain for a safe bet – or any of their other types!

Sonny and Joe’s Matbucha – this traditional Sephardic dish is just tomatoes and peppers cooked down and seasoned and spiced to perfection. When you don’t have the time to make your own, just pick up some from Sonny and Joe’s – a local New York company that started on the Lower East Side!

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