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Middle Eastern Food: Most Popular Articles

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How to Make Homemade Falafel
Falafel is a worldwide recognized Middle Eastern food. Learn how to make authentic falafel from this classic recipe.
DIY Hummus With Tahini
Recipe for hummus, a very popular Middle Eastern dip that is used as an appetizer and served with pita bread. This recipe is for hummus made with tahini, a sesame seed paste that can easily be bought or made at home. Learn how to make hummus the easy way, while still being authentic!
How to Start From Scratch: Soak and Cook Your...
Learn how to properly soak and cook dried chickpeas.
Make Chicken Shawarma at Home
Learn how to make chicken shawarma, just like at your favorite Middle Eastern restaurants!
6 Tips to Telling If Your Watermelon Is Ripe
Watermelon is one of the most popular summer foods. When shopping for watermelon at the supermarket, how can you tell if the melon is ripe? Follow these tips for picking the best watermelon.
How to Make Pita Bread at Home
Pita bread is a staple in Middle Eastern food. This pita bread recipe is simple, quick, and makes perfect pita bread everytime! Learn how to make pita bread the easy way!
Make Your Own Za'atar Spice Mix and Knock the...
Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice mixture used in many meats and even vegetables. Learn how to make your own za'atar with this simple recipe.
How Do Lamb and Mutton Differ?
Lamb and mutton are two meats that are commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking. Both are sheep, but what is the difference?
Fresh Garlicky Tahini Sauce
Recipe for tahini sauce, a sauce used in sandwiches, marinades, and dips.
7 Steps to Spice Up Your Favorite Mideast Menu
Harissa is a hot red pepper paste used in North African cooking. It is added to many recipes for increased flavor. This harissa recipe is easy to make, with ingredients that are simple to find.
Basic Enough for Beginners: How to Make Kibbeh
Easy recipe for kibbeh, a Lebanese food containing ground meat or lamb with spices. Kibbeh is very popular among Westerners.
4 Things You Need to Know About Shwarma (Beyond...
Tips for making the popular shawarma sandwich.
How to Steam Veggies in the Microwave
Steaming vegetables is one of the most healthy ways to cook! Learn how to perfectly steam vegetables on the stovetop and in the microwave!
Why Do People Eat Dates During Ramadan?
A look into the significance of dates during Ramadan.
4 Sauces to Top Your Favorite Shawarma Recipes
Learn what types of sauces can be used on shawarma, a Middle Eastern fast food that is much like a gyro.
Tabouleh Salad Makes a Zesty Meal
Recipe for tabouleh, a popular Middle Eastern salad containing many vegetables, olive oil and spices. It is a great vegetarian salad that can be eaten as an appetizer, side dish or main course.
Make the Hummus, Skip the Tahini for a...
Recipe for hummus without tahini, the perfect hummus recipe for those who don't like tahini. Tahini is a sauce made from sesame seeds. This recipe is perfect with those with sesame seed allergies or don't like the flavor of sesame.
Beef Shawarma...the World's Best Fast Food...
Recipe for beef shawarma. Shawarma is very difficult to replicate without a shawarma cone, but this recipe comes close.
What is Halal Food?
An introduction to halal foods and halal ingredients.
What is the best type of beef for making shish...
Having a barbecue at your house? Learn what is the best beef for kebabs and other recommendations when grilling meat.
10 Middle Eastern Recipes Simple Enough for...
New to cooking or Middle Eastern cooking? Try out these easy Middle Eastern recipes for beginners.
How to Make Basic Tahini
Recipe for tahini, a Middle Eastern paste made of sesame seeds and olive oil. Tahini is served in popular Middle Eastern dishes like hummus.
What Is the Difference Between English and...
Are English cucumbers worth the extra cost? Check out the differences between English cucumbers and regular cucumbers. Cucumbers are common in Middle Eastern cooking.
How to Make Basbousa (Semolina Cakes With Syrup)
Basbousa are small cakes that are covered with syrup. The are perfect with coffee or tea. This basbousa recipe is very easy.
5 Delicious Ramadan Desserts
Ramadan is an Islamic holy month of fasting. When the fast is broken each day, special desserts are served. Check out these desserts that are commonly served during Ramadan.
How to Prepare Couscous
Learn how to make coucous. This recipe for couscous is very basic and foolproof!
Can You Freeze Hummus?
Learn whether hummus can be frozen in this FAQ about freezing the tasty dup made from chickpeas. Hummus is a tasty alternative to dips made from sour cream or mayonnaise.
5 Minutes to Your Own Universally-Useful Yogurt...
Recipe for yogurt garlic sauce that is often used for shawarma or for meats. It makes an excellent alternative to mayonaise.
How to Make Basic White Rice
White rice is so important in Middle Eastern cuisine. Although this is a very basic recipe, many beginner cooks or those who don't cook at all may not know how to make white rice. Learn how to make white rice in this super easy recipe.
Cut Down On Prep Time wIth This Easy Falafel...
This recipe for falafel contains few ingredients which cuts down on preparation time. Perfect for those who want an easier version of falafel.
10 Most Commonly Used Spices In Middle Eastern...
A list of the most common spices and herbs used in Middle eastern Cooking and quick tips about each spice.
No Food Processor? Don't Worry, You Can Still...
Hummus is easy to make, even without a food processor. Learn how to make hummus without a food processor in this easy tutorial.
Easy Qatayef with Nuts Recipe - Arabic Stuffed...
Qatayef is a special dessert, commonly served during Ramadan . Sometimes called "arabic pancakes", qatayef
How to Make Umm Ali, A Delicious Egyptian Bread...
Umm Ali, also called Om Ali, is an Egyptian version of bread pudding. Made with puff pastry and a few other key ingredients, this dessert is heavenly.
10 Recipes to Help You Make the Best Kebabs
Explore how to make the perfect kabobs everytime with different kabob recipes, meats, vegetables, and skewers. These kebab recipes are foolproof! Learn how to make kebabs with meat, seafood, poultry, and vegetables.
Do You Know Where to Buy Rose Water?
Rose water is a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking. Learn where to buy rose water and what to do if you cannot find it.
What Is a Falafel? (Other Than the National...
Recipes and tips for making falafel.
English Cucumber
An English cucumber is a variety of cucumber that differs from your common cucumber.
Countdown the 10 Most Popular Middle Eastern...
A lisitng of the most popular Middle Eastern foods with their recipes.
32 Delicious Hummus Recipes
Everything you ever wanted to know about hummus but was afraid to ask! Learn the history of hummus and search a collection of hummus recipes. Recipes include jalepeno, roasted red pepper, garlic and lemon, peanut butter hummus, and more! Hummus is a tasty and healthy appetizer that can easily be made at home!
Hummus: Greek or Middle Eastern?
There has been a longtime debate as to whether hummus is from Greece or the Middle East. Learn more about the origins of hummus here.
What Is the Difference Between White and Yellow...
A reader asks what the difference is between white cheddar and yellow cheddar cheese.
Your Dishes Are Only as Good as the Garlic You...
Learn the proper way to store garlic and keep it fresh.
Perfect for Dipping, Naan Is a Middle Eastern...
Recipe for naan, a flatbread found throughout the Middle East and India. Naan is easy to make at home and this recipe for naan is perfect for any skill level.
Ramadan Recipes
Food plays a big part in the celebration of Ramadan. Featured are several Ramadan recipes and meal ideas.
How can I make beef shish kebabs more tender on...
Want to make tender shish kebabs? Check out how to make any cut of beef tender when making shish kebabs.
Shish Kebab
You may hear shish kabob quite frequently when learning about Middle Eastern cooking. Find out what it is here.
9 Online Stores for Buying Middle Eastern Foods
A few ingredients in Middle Eastern food may be hard to find for some, but there are Middle Eastern food stores online to shop from. This highlights the best online Middle Eastern food stores.
Kofta Is a Fantastic Alternative To Boring...
Recipe for kofta, a spiced ground beef kabob. Also known as kufta or kefta.
Which of These 7 Oils Are the Right Fit for...
There are so many cooking oils on the shelves, it may be hard to determine what type of oil you really need to be cooking with. Learn more about cooking oils.
4 Tips to Making the Perfect Cup of Turkish...
Learn how to make Turkish coffee with this simple recipe. Turkish coffee is very popular worldwide for its unique way of preparation and taste.
5 Tips to Picking a Ripe Cantaloupe
Learn how to choose the perfectly ripe cantaloupe everytime with these tips.
A Quick and Easy Way to Judge the Temperature...
Quick and easy tips to tell if your cooking oil is hot enough to cook with.
Steep
Steeping is a commonly used cooking term. What does steeping mean?
Hummus With Sesame Oil Gives a Milder Taste...
Hummus with sesame oil is regular hummus without the use of tahini. Some people find tahini to have too much of a strong flavor. Sesame oil is the perfect substitute for hummus without tahini.
Lebanese Rice Is a Unique Take On Traditional...
Recipe for the lebanese style of preparing rice.
The Most Popular Middle Eastern Foods Photo...
A collection of photos of the most popular and recognized Middle Eastern foods worldwide.
Try Baked Falafel to Skip Calories, Not Flavor
Deep fried falafel not in your diet? Try it baked! Baked falafel is still crunchy on the outside and delicious on the inside!
How to Make Halva, a Favorite Middle Eastern...
This recipe for halva comes from Iran. There are many variations, such as Jewish halva or Greek halva. It is a sweet pastry served with tea or coffee. Learn how to make authentic halva.
There's a Good Reason Falafel Pita Sandwiches...
Recipe for a falafel stuffed pita sandwich with veggies.
Tarator Sauce: Delicious On Veggies, Seafood,...
Learn how to make tarator sauce with this easy recipe.
Beef Shish Kebab Recipe
Recipe for beef shish kebab with a marinade that will make the meat as tender as the vegetables! Learn how to make the best beef shish kebab with this recipe.
4 Tried and True Boxed Falafel Mixes for When...
There are many different types of falfel mixes on the market and some just aren't as good as others. Find out which past my test for the best trasting boxed falafel.
Tahini and Tahini Sauce
Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds, used in hummus and several other Middle Eastern foods. Tahini sauce is made with tahini.
From 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'...
Turkish Delight is a candy that originated in Turkey in the 1700's. The candy was featured in "The Lion,
Use This Lavash Recipe to Make Your Own Thin,...
Recipe for lavash, a thin, soft flatbread popular in Turkey, Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries.
Did You Know There Are Different Kinds of Olive...
Explore the many types of olive oil and how they can be used in your kitchen and also to boost health!
Moutabel - Spicy Eggplant Dip
Recipe for moutabel, a spicy Lebanese dip made from eggplant.
Should I Soak Wooden Kebab Skewers in Water...
Should I soak kebab skewers in water before grilling? Learn the answer and more in this FAQ about kebab skewers.
Spinach Fatayer
Spinach fatayers are small triangular pies stuffed with spinach and other ingredients. They are perfect served as appetizers.
Skip the Tahini In This Simple Roasted Garlic...
This roasted garlic hummus recipe is perfect for those who don't care for the tahini taste in hummus. The garlic adds a rich flavor that really compliments the chickpeas.
Do You Know What Mutton Is?
A look into what mutton is and how it is used in cooking.
Quatayef with Cheese
Qatayef is a special dessert, commonly served during Ramadan . Sometimes called "arabic pancakes", qatayef
Hibiscus Tea Recipe: How to Make Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea is a drink made from dried Hibiscus petals and has been consumed for thousands of years. It is easy to make and has many health benefits. You can serve this hot or cold. This is a longer version of how to make hibiscus tea. There are shorter versions, but this one really allows the drink to have a full flavor.
7 Simple Steps to Deseeding a Pomegranate
Learn how to properly and easily remove the seeds from a pomegranate.
Awamat - Crisp Doughnut Balls
These crisp, doughnut balls are coated in simple syrup and the perfect dessert for any occassion.
Sfouf (Almond Semolina Cake)
Sfouf is a sweet almond cake from Lebanon. This sfouf recipe is easy and delicious!
Try Hummus Made With Yogurt for a Figure-Friend...
This easy hummus recipe replaces most of the traditional tahini with yogurt. This is a great alternative for those who are watching their weight.
10 Ways to Use Tahini Other Than In Hummus
Tahini is a Middle Eastern pantry essential. It is the basis for many traditional Middle Eastern recipes such as hummus and baba ghannouj. Tahini can be used in so many other recipes, as found in this 10 best recipes made using tahini.
Arak: Middle Eastern Alcoholic Beverage
Arak is an alcoholic beverage made in several Middle Eastern countries. Learn more about this unique drink!
Marinade Your Chicken Kebabs With This Simple...
Recipe for shish taouk, grilled chicken on skewers.
Can I Freeze Falafel?
Can you freeze homemade falafel? Learn more about freezing falafel in this reader FAQ.
Falafel Hot Sauce
Recipe for falafel hot sauce. Falafel hot sauce can be drizzled into a falafel pita sandwich or used for dipping.
How to Make Your Own Fresh Baklava
Baklava, or baklawa in many Middle Eastern countries, is a delicious pastry that is known worldwide. There are many variations to baklava, depending on where in the Middle East you are, but this is by far the most popular.
How to Make Your Own Chocolate Milk at Home
Learn to make your own chocolate milk at home with this easy recipe. No chocolate syrup required!
Turkish Cacik - Yogurt and Cucumber Dip/Salad
Cacik is a yogurt and cucumber dip/sauce. It can be eaten with kebabs or alone.
Sigara Boregi - Turkish Cigar Pastry
Sigara boregi is a Turkish cigar shaped pastry made with feta cheese and phyllo dough. This fried pastry is perfect with coffee, but can be eaten as an appetizer or side dish.
A Beginner-Friendly Recipe for Shrimp Kebabs
This shrimp kebab recipe is perfect for beginners. It requires very few ingredients, but is bursting with flavor. Shrimp kebabs are very easy to make, but the taste will make your guests think you have been working all day!
Maamoul Recipe
Recipe for maamoul, a nut filled cookie-like pastry that is sweet, yet nutty. Maamoul is served in celebrations in the Middle East.
Give Your Hummus a 'Kick' With Roasted Red...
Recipe for a spicier version of hummus made with roasted red peppers. Roasted red pepper hummus makes an excellent appetizer. Hummus is a tasty alternative to snack foods like chips and dip. This recipe is simple and can be made in under 10 minutes.
5 Interesting Tips on Chickpeas (Plus, How to...
Learn more about chickpeas, a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking, including recipes that contain chickpeas.
Lokma (Fried Sweet Dough)
Lokma is a Turkish fried sweet dough that is covered in a simple syrup. Served as a dessert, lokma is a popular coffee accompaniment. This lokma recipe is foolproof!
Garlic Yogurt Sauce
This super easy garlic sauce is perfect for veggies or meats like chicken. It is simple to make, has few ingredients and can be stored for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Easy Stuffed Grape Leaves
This recipe for stuffed grape leaves is easy and requires very few ingredients.
What Exactly Is a Lamb Shank?
Learn what a lamb shank is and how it is used in cooking.
What is couscous?
What is couscous? Learn more about what couscous is and discover dozens of couscous recipes that will tempt your taste buds.
Mezze
Definition of mezze, a word you may hear quite frequently in Middle Eastern cooking and dining.
How to Make Roasted Watermelon Seeds
Roasted watermelon seeds are the perfect snack food! Try roasted watermelon seeds in place of sunflower seeds or peanuts for your next snack.
Served With Pita Bread, Baba Ghannouj Is a...
Recipe for baba ghannouj, a Middle Eastern dip made from eggplant.
5 Hummus Recipes Your Kids Will Love
Try these great hummus recipes - perfect for your children!
Popular In Lebanon, Fattoush Salad Is Flexible...
Fattoush is a salad made up of vegetables and pieces of toasted pita bread. The recipe can be changed according to taste. This fattoush recipe is a popular variation.
Bamia - Meat and Okra Stew
Bamia is a stew with lamb or beef cubes and okra in a tomato sauce base. This recipe for bamia is very simple. You can make it vegetarian by omitting the meat.
Can't Get Rid of the Odor After Handling...
A quick tip on how to remove the garlic smell on your hands after chopping it. Garlic has a very persistant odor that can be difficult to remove from hands.
Easy Macaroni Bechamel
This is probably the most delicious pasta dish on the planet. Macaroni bechamel is very popular in Egypt and is exactly what the name says it is: macaroni in a bechamel sauce. Some people like to use elbow noodles for this recipe, however, I like to use ziti or rigatoni. This is a very easy and simplified version of an Egyptian favorite.
When to Use Olive Oil, When Not to Use Olive Oil
A reader asks if olive oil can be use in the same was as other oils. Read the answer here.
3 Steps to Make Your Own Simple Spinach Hummus
Recipe for spinach hummus, a healthy variation of traditional Middle Eastern hummus.
Ful Medames - Egyptian Fava Beans
Ful Medames is a common breakfast dish in Egypt. It is served with an egg and pita bread. It makes a very hearty breakfast! Ful Medames is a national dish of Egypt. This recipe is thousand of years old.
How to Make the National Dish of Iran: Chelo...
Chelo kebabs are the national dish of Iran. These kebabs are made with different types of meat. In this chelo kebab recipe, ground beef or lamb can be used.
Labneh
Labneh is a very popular Middle Eastern cheese. Learn what labneh is and how to eat it.
Chicken Pita Sandwich Is the Ultimate Lunchtime...
Recipe for chicken pita sandwich. A grilled chicken pita is the ultimate lunch food or fast dinner recipe!
How to Make Marinated Lamb Kebabs, Shashlik
Recipe for lamb shashlik, a type of kebab.
What Is Inside a Falafel Ball or Patty?
What is falafel? Discover what falafel is and how to make it at home!
Labneh - Strained yogurt
Labneh is a soft cheese made from yogurt. It is commonly served in the Middle East. It is also known as laban.
Middle Eastern Style Lemonade
Learn how to make lemonade Middle Eastern style. The recipe isn't quite as sour as traditional Western lemonade, but the taste can't be matched.
Knefe Recipe
Knefe is a traditional Lebanese dessert made with phyllo and cheese.
How to Keep Lamb Fresh
Proper storage is a necessity when handling any type of meat, including lamb. Learn how long lamb keeps in the refrigerator and freezer and to minimize bacteria growth.
Kabsa Spice Mix
Kabsa spice is a blend of spices used to make al kabsa or al kabseh, a Saudi chicken dish.
How to Steam Squash
Steamed squash makes a great side dish for any meal. Try it with chicken and other poultry dishes.
4 Tips to Using Parsley in Your Cooking and...
One of the most versatile herbs used in Middle Eastern cooking is, without a doubt, parsley. It is commonly used as a garnish, but more popularly used as a spice. Learn more about this inexpensive and flavorful herb.
Middle Eastern Cheese Varieties
Explore what cheeses are commonly eaten in the Middle East! Cheese is a very important staple in many Middle Eastern regions.
How Is Basmati Rice DIffer From Other Varieties?
Basmati rice is a type of rice that is very common in Middle Eastern cusine. Learn more about basmati rice here.
No More Tears! How to Avoid Crying While You...
Learn some easy tips to avoid crying while chopping onions.
Flavorful Fasulia: Middle Eastern Green Bean...
Fasulia is a green bean and meat stew. Lamb or beef stew meat is used with a tomato stew base. The spices make this a delicious stew, especially on cold days.
Pita Pizza Is Kid-Friendly and Perfect for...
Learn how to make the most delicious pizza appetizers or snacks using pita bread!
How to Grill Vegetables
Learn how to master grilling vegetables like eggplant, zucchini, squash, and onions in this tasty grilled vegetable recipe.
How to Use Za'atar
Za'atar is seasoning traditionally used in the Middle East. it is commonly known for its use on flat breads like pita, but it has many other uses. Check out these ways to use za'atar in your everyday cooking.
In 10 Minutes, Make Your Own Easy Kalamata Hummus
Olives are the perfect ingredient to add to hummus. The flavors of this kalamata olive hummus recipe really compliment each other, making a delicious variation of traditional Middle Eastern hummus.
Falafel Salad
If you are a fan of falafel, you will love this salad. It has falafel and all of your favorite veggies. Don't forget the tahini and falafel hot sauce!
Beat
Definition of beat, a cooking term.
Buying Pita Bread
Pita bread is a popular bread in the Middle East. Here are some tips for finding it in the store.
What are Truffles?
What are truffles? Learn more about this tasty ingredient in this FAQ about truffles.
White Bean Hummus Is a Tasty Twist On the...
This hummus recipe uses white beans instead of traditional chickpeas. Try this for a tasty alternative to chickpea based hummus.
8 Steps to Make a Simple Cilantro and Lemon...
The smooth consistency of hummus is met with a sweet, pungent lemon flavor with a cilantro twist.
Pistachio Baklava Recipe
Try this nutty variation of a traditional classic Middle Eastern dessert. Baklava is made with layered phyllo dough, a crisp flaky dough.
Chicken Kofta
Chicken kofta is perfect for those who don't eat red meat or are trying to cut back. The flavor of this chicken kofta recipe is great!
Chorba - How to Make Moroccan Chorba
Chorba is like a minestrone. It is a tomato based soup with lentils and veggies. It hails from Morocco, so expect a burst a flavor with blends of spices. Chorba is a popular Ramadan food.
Toum Recipe
Toum is a traditional Lebanese dipping sauce that really packs a punch and goes perfect with everything from meat to bread. It contains only a handful of ingredients common to every kitchen and is quick and easy to make.
Black Lemons
Learn more about black lemons, an ingredient in many Persian and Middle Eastern dishes!
Lemon Juice: Fresh or Bottled?
Is using bottled lemon juice the same as fresh lemon juice in cooking? Learn more about cooking with lemon juice.
Lemon Chicken Recipe
What makes this recipe Middle Eastern is the spices used. Not to be confused with lemon pepper chicken, this recipe for lemon is savory and just so good. The spices used make it more of a Moroccan dish.
8 Favorite Appetizer Ideas Featuring Hummus
8 of the best appetizers that contain hummus. These hummus appetizer recipes are super easy!
Where Can I Find Couscous?
A look into where to find couscous in your local supermarket. Couscous is a very popular food, especially in the Middle East, specifically Northern Africa.
Top 10 Middle Eastern Easter Foods
Although Islam is the majority religion in the Middle East, there are Christians who celebrate Easter. Check out these great Middle Eastern recipes to celebrate Easter.
How Do I Freeze Pita Bread?
Learn the best way to freeze pita bread and thaw it out for maximum taste and freshness.
Coarse Salt Versus Table Salt
Some recipes call for table salt and some call for coarse or kosher salt. What is the difference? Learn the difference between coarse salt and table salt.
Top 5 Reasons to Try Middle Eastern Food
Want to try Middle Eastern food, but maybe feel a little wary? Look no furhter. Here are top reasons why Middle eastern food is good for everyone.
How to Make an Easy Rice Pilaf Side Dish
This easy rice pilaf recipe is a delicious side dish! It goes great with chicken or lamb! It is definitely one of my favorites to serve to my family and friends.
Konafah with Ricotta
Recipe for konafah, a Middle Eastern pastry that is made with phyllo dough.
Milk with Saffron
Milk with saffron is a drink that has been around for centuries. Popular all over the Middle East and India, it is also known for its medicinal properties.
Dukkah: An Egyptian Spice Mixture With Endless...
Dukkah is an Egyptian spice mixture used in Middle Eastern recipes. It has many uses, but is mainly used to dip bread that has been basted with olive oil.
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