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After a good meal, leave room for the country's most traditional dessert.

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Halva for dessert

And for dessert…

Israeli cuisine brings together a great mixture of cultures and influences, all under the guidance of Judaism's primary holy book the Talmud, which establishes dietary guidelines for the religion's followers. This tradition has given rise to tasty dishes like the country's most popular dessert, halva. Most often based on sesame paste, it can be prepared in a large variety of ways (in fact, it's common not only in Israel but elsewhere in the Middle East and even in places farther afield like India, Pakistan and other countries). Here in Tel Aviv you'll most typically find it filled with nuts such as pistachios or even vegetables or beans. As crafted by hand in Tel Aviv's quality kosher restaurants, halva is a must-try!



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