Foods in Hebrew – Recipe Vocabulary You Need to Know

If you’ve found your way to this post, chances are you recognize the power of using hands-on language learning techniques and are ready to take the challenge of cooking and using recipe vocabulary in Hebrew.

By engaging with a foreign language in real-life contexts, such as you are by learning recipe vocabulary, for example—you’re not just studying; you’re experiencing the language.

This approach, known as active learning, not only helps your brain grasp and retain new vocabulary more effectively but also adds a delightful dash of authenticity to your language journey.

So hats off to you for embracing this rewarding approach!

With consistent practice and a pinch of patience, you’ll soon break down language barriers, unveiling a whole new world of culinary treats waiting to be explored and savored right from your kitchen.

So, let’s take a look at some of the common foods in Hebrew and master some essential recipe vocabulary together!

Your Journey to Mastering Hebrew Cooking Vocabulary:

Follow these simple steps to make the most out of your foods in Hebrew adventure:

Step 1: Choose an enticing Hebrew recipe to try

There are many to be found on the internet by professional chefs and food bloggers.

Keep in mind that food blogs tend to adopt an informal, conversational tone. And while this could be great to learn the local lingo, occasionally bloggers lean towards trendy terms, local humor, and cultural references. This might be a little hard to understand at first, but don’t be disheartened! My tip? Focus on the recipe itself, where the language is usually more straightforward.

I’ve included several simple recipes below, complete with translations and transliteration for your convenience.

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Step 2: Compare and contrast with the vocabulary in this article

Once you have your recipe, review it first, and search for definitions of the words you don’t know. Try to match the vocabulary with the words found in this article. If you notice any essential words that are missing from my list? Let me know!

And while you do that read the text out loud. Doing so will improve your pronunciation, fluency, and confidence in speaking Hebrew. Remember – we learn to speak with our lips, not with our eyes.

Step 3: Reinforce your learning with WordTap games

In order to cement these new words in your memory, I’ve included a WordTap game in each section. These games offer a fun, interactive way to practice the vocabulary in your downtime, ensuring you’re ready for your next cooking adventure in Hebrew. (Watch the video below to see how to play.)

Measurement Vocabulary

Mastering a recipe begins with understanding measurements. Therefore we’ll start with them. Here’s the key vocabulary you’ll need:Step 3: Reinforce your learning with WordTap games

לפי הטעםto tastelefi ha-ta'am

Wordtap game with measurement vocabulary

Instruction Vocabulary

Cooking is an art, but it’s also a process. These words will help you navigate the recipe’s instructions:

לערבב mix l'arvev
לבשל cook levashel
לטגן fry letagen
לקלות roast liklot
לשים בתנור put in the oven laseem betanoor
לכסות cover lechasot
להסיר מהאש remove from the heat lehaseer meh ha'esh
להקפיא freeze lehakpy
לחתוך cut lachtoch
לקלף peel lekalef
לגרוס grate ligross
למרוח spread limro-ach
להכין prepare lehacheen
להגיש serve lehageesh
לקשט garnish lekashet

Wordtap game with instruction vocabulary

Spices Vocabulary

Spices, which undeniably add flavor and character to any dish, are a vital part of cooking. Therefore, it’s beneficial to familiarize yourself with these essential Hebrew terms:

פלפל pepper pilpel
מלח salt melach
כמון cumin kamun
כורכום turmeric kurkum
זעתר za'atar za'atar
פפריקה paprika paprika
כוסברה coriander cusbara
שום garlic shum
בצל onion batzal
צ'יליchili pepperchili

Wordtap game with spices vocabulary

Breakfast foods for recipe in Hebrew

Breakfast Foods in Hebrew

Firstly, let’s start by familiarizing ourselves with these breakfast-related words and a simple yet delicious recipe.

ביצים Eggs beitzim
לחם Bread lechem
גבינה cheese gevina
יוגורט yogurt yogurt
קפה coffee kafe
תה tea teh
חלב milk chalav
דבש honey dvash
פרי fruit pri
דגני בוקרcerealdeganey boker
שיבולת שועלoatmealshibolet shual

Wordtap game with breakfast vocabulary

Sample Breakfast Recipe: Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a popular breakfast dish in Israel, and it’s as fun to say as it is to eat. It’s a simple dish with eggs, tomatoes, and spices. Not surprisingly, the name Shakshuka is Hebrew for “mixture”, which is exactly what this dish is.


2 חצילים 2 eggplants chatzilim
4 ביצים 4 eggs beitzim
שמן צמחי vegetable oil shemen tzimchi
1 בצל גדול 1 large onion batzal gadol
2 גמבה 2 bell peppers gamba
3 שיני שום 3 garlic cloves shinei shoom
מלח ופלפל שחור salt and black pepper melach vepilpel shachor
2 כפות פפריקה 2 tablespoons paprika kafot paprika
1 כפית כמון 1 teaspoon cumin kapit kamoon
4 עגבניות 4 tomatoes agvaneeyot
כוסברה cilantro kusbara

Preparation instructions:

1לחמם את השמן Heat the oil lechamem et ha-shemen
2לטגן את הבצל והגמבה Sauté the onion and bell pepper letagen et ha-batzal ve-ha-gamba
3להוסיף את השום והתבלינים Add the garlic and spices lehoseef et hashoom vehatavlineem
4לטגן את העגבניות Sauté the tomatoes letagen et ha-agvaniyot
5לעשות בורות לביצים Make wells for the eggs la'asot borot lebeitzim
6לשבור את הביצים Crack the eggs lishbor et ha-beitzim
7להוסיף מלח ופלפל Season with salt and black pepper lehoseef melach oo-pilpel shachor
8לבשל עם מכסה עד השגת מידת בישול מבוקשת Cook covered until desired doneness is reached levashel eem mich-seh ad hashagat meedaht bishool mevukesheh
9לקשט עם כוסברה Garnish with cilantro lekashet eem kusbara

Lunch Foods in Hebrew

Ready for a midday meal? Here’s your guide to lunch vocabulary and a satisfying recipe to try:

עגבניה tomato agvania
מלפפון cucumber melafefon
תפוח אדמה potato tapuach adama
סלט salad salat
טונה tuna tuna
פסטה pasta pasta
עוף chicken oaf
דג fish dag

Wordtap game with lunch vocabulary

Sample Lunch Recipe: Sabich

Sabich is a traditional Israeli sandwich. The name might be a bit tricky to pronounce at first, but trust me, it’s worth learning for this delicious combination of eggplant, eggs, salad, and tahini sauce, all stuffed into a pita bread.


חצילים eggplant chatzilim
ביצים eggs beitzim
פיתות pita pockets pitot
חומוסhummus chumus
טחינה tahini techina
כוסברה cilantro kusbara
פטרוזיליה parsley petrozilia
עגבניות tomatoes agvaneeyot
מלח ופלפל שחור salt and pepper melach vepilpel
שמן oil shemen

Preparation instructions:

1לטגן פרוסות של חצילים fry slices of eggplant letagen prussot chatzilim
2להכין ביצים קשות hard boil the eggs lehacheen beitzim kah-shot
3 לחתוך את הירקות chop the vegetables lachtoch et ha-yerakot
4לפתוח את הפיתותcut open the pita pocketslifto-ach et ha-pitot
5למרוח חומוס בפיתה spread the hummus in the pita limroach chumus ba-pita
6לשים את החצילים בפיתהput the eggplant into the pitalaseem et ha-chazeeleem ba-pita
7להוסיף סלט לפיתהadd the salad into the pitalehoseef salat lepita
8להוסיף פרוסות ביצים לפיתהadd slices of egg into the pitalehoseef prussot beitzim la-pita
9להוסיף טחינה add tahini lehoseef tehina
10לקשט עם כוסברה ופטרוזיליה garnish with cilantro and parsley lekashet eem kusbara vepetrozilia
vegetables for recipe foods in Hebrew

Dinner Foods in Hebrew

Wind down your day with this essential dinner vocabulary and a comforting recipe to enjoy:

בשר meat basar
קציצות patties ktzitzot
קישואים zucchini kishuim
רוטב sauce rotev
פיטריות mushrooms pitriot
קינואה quinoa kinoa
בטטה sweet potato betata
פול fava Beans fool

Wordtap game with dinner vocabulary

Sample Dinner Recipe: Cholent

Cholent is a traditional Jewish stew that’s often eaten on the Sabbath. It’s slow-cooked overnight, so you wake up to a ready meal. The name itself, Cholent, is an interesting word to learn, with roots in Old French and Yiddish.


1 קילו בשר כתף 1 kg beef chuckkilo basar katef
4 תפו"א 4 potatoes tapuach adama
2 בטטות 2 sweet potatoes batatot
3 גזר 3 carrots gezer
1 בצל גדול 1 large onion batzal gadol
1 כוס שעועית לבנה 1 cup white beans sha'uait levana
1 כוס שעועית אדומה 1 cup red kidney beans sha'uait aduma
1/2 כוס גריסים 1/2 cup barley greeseem
כוסברה Cilantro kusbara
מלח ופלפל שחור Salt and black pepper melach vepilpel shachor
1 כפית כמון 1 teaspoon cumin kapeet kamoon
1 כפית פפריקה 1 teaspoon paprika kapeet paprika
2 כפות שמן זית 2 tablespoons olive oil kapot shemen zayit

Preparation instructions:

1לטגן את הבצל Sauté the onion letagen et ha-batzal
2להשחים את הבשר Brown the meat le-hash-cheem et ha-basar
3להוסיף את השעועית והגריסים Add the beans and barley lehoseef et hasha'uait vehagreeseem
4להוסיף את הירקות Add the vegetables lehoseef et hayerakot
5למלא את הסיר במים Fill the pot with water lemalay et haseer bemayim
6להוסיף את התיבולadd the spiceslehoseef et hatibool
7להביא לרתיחהbring to a boillehavee le-re-tichah
8להוריד את החום ולהמשיך לבשל לילה שלם Lower the heat and continue cooking overnight lehoreed et hachom ve-le-hamsheech levashel laila shallem

Dessert Foods in Hebrew

Sweeten your language learning journey with these dessert-related words and a tempting recipe:

עוגה cake uga
שוקולד chocolate shokolad
גלידה ice cream gleeda
קרמל caramel karamel
עוגיות cookies ugiyot
מי ורדיםrose watermei vradeem
קינמון cinnamon kinamon
קצפת whipped cream katsefat
פירות יער berries peirot ya'ar
ריבה jam riba
סוכר sugar sukar
טרט tart tart

Wordtap game with desert vocabulary

Sample Desert Recipe: Malabi

Finally, we have Malabi. This is a sweet dessert made from milk and rose water, often topped with syrup and nuts. The word Malabi is fun to say and is a great addition to your Hebrew vocabulary, especially if you have a sweet tooth!


4 כוסות חלב 4 cups milk chalav
1/2 כוס סוכר 1/2 cup sugar sukhar
1/2 כוס קורנפלור 1/2 cup cornstarch cornflour
1 כפית תמצית ורדים 1 teaspoon rosewater mei veradim
פתיתי קוקוס לקישוטcoconut flakes for garnishpetitay kokoos lekishoot
אגוזים קצוצים לקישוטcrushed nuts for garnish egozim ketzutzim lekishoot
סירופ רימון לקישוטpomegranate syrup for garnish sirop rimon lekishoot

Preparation instructions:

1לערבב את החלב והסוכר Mix the milk and sugar me'arvim et ha chalav vehasukhar
2לערבב את הקורנפלור בקצת חלב קר Mix the cornstarch with a little cold milk me'arvim et ha cornflour be ktsat chalav kar
3לבשל את התערובת עד רתיחה Cook the mixture until boiling mevashlim et ha taaruvet ad reticha
4להוריד מהאש ולהוסיף את תמצית הוורדים Remove from heat and add the rosewater moridim mehaesh ulehoseef et tamtzit havradim
5למזוג לכוסותpour into cupslimzog lekossot
6לכסות בניילון ולקרר Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate lechasot benylon ulekarrer
7להגיש עם הקישוטים Serve with garnishes lehageesh eem hakeeshooteem
desert ingredients for recipe foods in Hebrew

Nutrition Info Vocabulary

Health-conscious or simply curious? Here’s the vocabulary you need to understand the nutrition info of your meals:

קלוריות calories caloriyot
פחמימות carbohydrates pach-may-mot
סיבים fiber siveem
סוכר sugar sookar
נתרן sodium natran
ויטמין vitamin veetamin
מינרל mineral minerahl

Wordtap game with nutritional info vocabulary

The Last Bite: Continuing Your Hebrew Language Journey

This should be enough to get you started on your foods in Hebrew cooking adventure. I suggest keeping a list handy that you can add to for all the new words you come across. You can use WordTap for free to make your own games with your own lists of words.

I hope this blog post has given you the tools and inspiration to dive into the world of Hebrew cuisine while learning the language. Remember, the more you use your Hebrew skills in real-life situations, the better you’ll become at the language. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and get cooking!

Beteyavon (בתיאבון) – Enjoy your meal!

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