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Do you know your Middle Eastern cuisine? If you’re
heading to a middle eastern restaurant anytime soon,
check out this breakdown of the most popular Middle
Baba Ghanoush (Moutabal)
Often put in the same family as hummus, baba ghanoush
is a dip that is made of fired eggplants. Similar to
hummus, it can be spread on a variety of dishes or it
can be enjoyed with pita bread as a dip.
Baklava is a buttery pastry that is made of filo dough,
nuts, syrup, and honey.
Dolma is a vine leaf that has been stuffed with lamb
Foul meddamas is a brownish mixture of olive oil, parsley,
onion, garlic, lemon, and main ingredient fava beans.
Falafel, which is popular in urban areas of the United
States, is round balls of chickpeas with herbs that
are deep fried. It’s popularly served on pita
bread with lettuce, white sauce and red sauce. It can
also be served without pita.
Fattoush is a salad that is comprised of lettuce, cucumbers,
onions, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, lemon, and crispy
bits of fried pita.
Halloumi is a cheese that’s made of sheep or goat
milk. It’s served in slabs. Halloumi is unlike
other cheeses because bacteria and acid are not used
while it’s being processed.
This chickpea-based spread or dip is extremely versatile
and can be eaten on just about anything. Popular in
the United States, hummus is made of olive oil, ground
chickpeas, and tahini. Flavorings such as red pepper
and garlic are often added.
This is a sweet kebab that is couples meat with cherries
and pomegranate pips, giving it a sweet red pop.
Koftka is a ball of minced lamb or beef. Seasoning gives
it a kick of onion and spices. Koftka can be served
as a patty or on a stick.
If there was going to be a food that’s most like
pizza, mankeesh is it. Manakeesh is cheese, ground meat,
or herbs spread on round bread. It’s a popular
daytime meal and is typically eaten for either lunch
Quwarmah Al Dajaj
A curry dish that is often also called “curried
chicken”. Made with a blend of common Middle Eastern
spices such as lime, ginger, turmeric, baharat, cumin,
cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and paprika.
Shanklish is a cheese that is made from either sheep
or goat milk. It is formed into balls that are about
1.5 inches in diameter and then is rolled in chili flakes
or zaatar herbs.
Shis Tawook is skewered chicken served with pure garlic
Shawarma is made of skewered chicken and garlic puree
and is served with salad wrapped in a pita.
Tabouleh is like a protein-filled pasta salad. It is
comprised of bulgur, parsley, mint, onion, and tomatoes.
Although it’s popular among vegetarians, tabouleh
is enjoyed by all.
Umm ali is a pastry that is similar in constancy to
bread pudding. Umm ali is made with stale croissant
pieces, raisins, pistachios, vanilla, and condensed