For our most recent match on The World Cup of Food, pitting Afghan cuisine against Israeli, we tested the merits of each with a meatball soup. Afghan mashawa is a stew of legumes and small beef or lamb meatballs spiced subtly with cinnamon. Israeli gondi is a chicken soup with chicken and garbanzo bean flour dumplings, with a flavor a little like hummus. We liked one soup more than the other and have chosen one cuisine to advance in our competition at the other’s expense.
Israeli cuisine is a combination of foods popular throughout the Middle East region, like falafel, ful medames, baklava, hummus, or baba ganouj, and of foods brought to Israel by Jewish populations from around the world as part of the Zionist movement, like kugel, gefilte fish, latkes, or gondi (recipe follows), a chicken soup with garbanzo bean and chicken meat dumplings brought to Israel originally by Persian Jews.