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Tavlin Pizza (Israeli Pizza Spice Mix)


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Tavlin Pizza (Israeli Pizza Spice Mix)


  • Prep Time : 5 min
  • Ready Time : 5 min


about 1/4 cup


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

OPTIONAL – for the spicier red version:

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or paprika charifa/hot paprika)


Combine all ingredients in small bowl or shaker bottle, crushing the dried herbs between your fingertips as you add them to the mixture. Mix well. Sprinkle on your pizza slice. This can also be used to season homemade pizza before it’s baked. B’tayavon!


About Dvora Rotter


After making aliyah in 2006, Dvora, a former teacher, reinvented herself as a home baker. A serious obsession with cookie baking blossomed into a reputation for delicious, inventive, and beautiful baked goods. Dvora now runs a successful cake and cookie business and relishes the opportunity to help enhance people's happy occasions. Her husband and four children enjoy the leftovers. To see more of Dvora's desserts, visit the Dvora's Cookie Creations blog.




8 Responses to Tavlin Pizza (Israeli Pizza Spice Mix)

  1. avatar says: chanie

    can i leave out the sugar & salt?

    • Sure; while the flavor may be a little less well rounded, it will be a nice addition of herbs and spices.

  2. avatar says: M. Livneh

    Fun idea! Never though of making my own spice mix or sauce.

  3. avatar says: elana

    we make our own pizza at home all the time. it’s a great family activity, and then you get to eat something wonderful. my son always likes to add spices to the piece on his plate to “make it more delicious”. who knew that he was following an Israeli custom!! yasher koach to my son! todah for this bit of information!

  4. Awhile ago I asked what a substitute for sour cream in cake recipes would be I am still waiting for an answer. My daughter in law says apple sauce but not sure of the amount Can you help? Thank you in advance

    • Hi, Sheri. Sour cream substitutes are a challenge for any pareve baker. The most straightforward replacement is soy sour cream or yogurt. Another option is soured pareve milk (use 1 tablespoon lemon juice pluse soy milk or pareve creamer to equal one cup) or a combination of 3/4 soured pareve milk plus 1/3 cup oil for every cup of sour cream. Applesauce is an interesting suggestion – it classically is used as a low-fat replacement for oil, though I am not sure if it will offer the same chemical properties as sour cream. I would love to know how it comes out if you try it.

  5. Hi Dvora,
    It’s Judy’s niece, Rachel! We use this every time we have pizza and it reminds us of our year in Israel. :) Hope all is well,

    • Hi, Rachel!! Hope you and Todd are well. You are definitely missed around here! I am glad you like the recipe, and I hope you will get to enjoy pizza spices here in Israel again sometime soon. But in the meantime, so happy to help you have a happy food memory!

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