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Middle Eastern Food

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 Eastern dishes.

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 of vegetables.

Foul Meddamas
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.

Grilled Halloumi
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.

Kebab Karaz
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 or breakfast.

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
Shis Tawook is skewered chicken served with pure garlic paste.

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
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 milk.
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