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Middle Eastern Food: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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!
Falafel
Falafel is a worldwide recognized Middle Eastern food. Learn how to make authentic falafel from this classic recipe.
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.
How to Steam Vegetables
Steaming vegetables is one of the most healthy ways to cook! Learn how to perfectly steam vegetables on the stovetop and in the microwave!
Pita Bread
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!
Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste)
Recipe for tahini, a Middle Eastern paste made of sesame seeds and olive oil. Tahini is served in popular Middle Eastern dishes like hummus.
Basic Couscous
Learn how to make coucous. This recipe for couscous is very basic and foolproof!
Tahini Sauce Recipe
Recipe for tahini sauce, a sauce used in sandwiches, marinades, and dips.
Halal Food
An introduction to halal foods and halal ingredients.
Harissa
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.
Hummus without Tahini
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 allergie or don't like the flavor of sesame.
Naan Recipe
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.
Chicken Shawarma Recipe
Learn how to make chicken shawarma, just like at your favorite Middle Eastern restaurants!
How to Soak and Cook Dried Chickpeas
Learn how to properly soak and cook dried chickpeas.
Picking Ripe Watermelon
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.
Za'atar Recipe: Middle Eastern Spice Mixture
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.
Baked Falafel
Deep fried falafel not in your diet? Try it baked! Baked falafel is still crunchy on the outside and delicious on the inside!
Easy Falafel Recipe
This recipe for falafel contains few ingredients which cuts down on preparation time. Perfect for those who want an easier version of falafel.
Yogurt Garlic Sauce
Recipe for yogurt garlic sauce that is often used for shawarma or for meats. It makes an excellent alternative to mayonaise.
Shrimp Kebab Recipe
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!
Tabouleh - Wheat and Herb Salad
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.
Picking a Ripe Cantaloupe
Learn how to choose the perfectly ripe cantaloupe everytime with these tips.
Cooking Oils
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.
Top 10 Middle Eastern Recipes for Beginners
New to cooking or Middle Eastern cooking? Try out these easy Middle Eastern recipes for beginners.
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!
A Simple Kibbeh Recipe
Easy recipe for kibbeh, a Lebanese food containing ground meat or lamb with spices. Kibbeh is very popular among Westerners.
Shawarma 101: What You Need to Know to Make...
Tips for making the popular shawarma sandwich.
Beef Shawarma
Recipe for beef shawarma. Shawarma is very difficult to replicate without a shawarma cone, but this recipe comes close.
Lamb vs Mutton: What is the Difference Between...
Lamb and mutton are two meats that are commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking. Both are sheep, but what is the difference?
Turkish Coffee
Learn how to make Turkish coffee with this simple recipe. Turkish coffee is very popular worldwide for its unique way of preparation and taste.
Olive Oil
Explore the many types of olive oil and how they can be used in your kitchen and also to boost health!
Top 10 Recipes Using Tahini
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.
Top 10 Most Popular Middle Eastern Foods
A lisitng of the most popular Middle Eastern foods with their recipes.
Chicken Pita Sandwich
Recipe for chicken pita sandwich. A grilled chicken pita is the ultimate lunch food or fast dinner recipe!
How to Make Hummus without a Food Processor
Hummus is easy to make, even without a food processor. Learn how to make hummus without a food processor in this easy tutorial.
Shawarma Sauces
Learn what types of sauces can be used on shawarma, a Middle Eastern fast food that is much like a gyro.
Kebab Recipes: How to Make the Perfect Kebab
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.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
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.
How to De-Seed a Pomegranate
Learn how to properly and easily remove the seeds from a pomegranate.
Easy Rice Pilaf Recipe
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.
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.
Fattoush Recipe
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.
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.
Roasted Garlic Hummus Recipe
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.
How to Make Falafel
Recipes and tips for making falafel.
Quick and Easy Way to Judge the Temperature of...
Quick and easy tips to tell if your cooking oil is hot enough to cook with.
Where can I 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.
Lavash
Recipe for lavash, a thin, soft flatbread popular in Turkey, Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries.
Top 9 Online Middle Eastern Food Stores
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.
Hummus with Yogurt
This easy hummus recipe replaces most of the traditional tahini with yogurt. This is a great alternative for those who are watching their weight.
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.
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.
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!
Halva
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.
Shish Taouk - Chicken Kebobs
Recipe for shish taouk, grilled chicken on skewers.
How to Store Garlic and Keep it Fresh
Learn the proper way to store garlic and keep it fresh.
Super Easy Leg of Lamb
This really simple roast leg of lamb recipe is perfect for those who have never cooked a leg of lamb. You don't need many ingredients, but the taste is amazing!
Top 10 Commonly Used Middle Eastern Spices and...
A list of the most common spices and herbs used in Middle eastern Cooking and quick tips about each spice.
Kofta
Recipe for kofta, a spiced ground beef kabob. Also known as kufta or kefta.
Lebanese Rice
Recipe for the lebanese style of preparing rice.
Ancient Egyptian Foods And Recipes
Learn what the ancient Egyptians ate and how to make the same foods at home! Many ancient Egyptian recipes are still served today!Learn more about the diet of ancient Egyptians and learn some recipes that are still used today!
Top 10 Food and Recipe iPhone Apps
Take your love of food on the go with these top 10 iphone apps for foodies.
Mutton
A look into what mutton is and how it is used in cooking.
All About Chickpeas
Learn more about chickpeas, a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking, including recipes that contain chickpeas.
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.
Falafel Pita Sandwich
Recipe for a falafel stuffed pita sandwich with veggies.
Cooking with Prawns
When looking for a tasty seafood dish, you can never go wrong with prawns. Check these tips for buying prawns, how to remove the shell and devein, and some fabulous prawn recipes!
Dukkah - Egyptian Spice Mixture
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.
Fun Ways to Eat Pita Bread
Pita bread is a staple in the Middle East and there are many ways to eat it. Explore the different ways to eat pita bread in this list.
Shashlik
Recipe for lamb shashlik, a type of kebab.
English Cucumber
An English cucumber is a variety of cucumber that differs from your common cucumber.
5 Hummus Recipes Your Kids Will Love
Try these great hummus recipes - perfect for your children!
How to Make a Bread Bowl
You have seen them in your favorite restaurants - bowls made from bread and filled with piping hot stews and soups. Here you will find how to make your very own bread bowls - the easy way!
Hummus with Sesame Oil
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.
Alcohol Substitution in Cooking
Listing of alcohol substitutions for cooking. This is very helpful for Muslims who are forbidden to consume alcohol, even in cooking.
What is couscous?
What is couscous? Learn more about what couscous is and discover dozens of couscous recipes that will tempt your tastebuds.
White Cheddar vs. Yellow Cheddar Cheese
A reader asks what the difference is between white cheddar and yellow cheddar cheese.
Is 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.
Easy Grilled Prawns with Dipping Sauce
Prawns are delicious when grilled. Try this great grilled prawn recipe with a tasty dip to accompany it.
Pita Bread Pizza
Learn how to make the most delicious pizza appetizers or snacks using pita bread!
Baklawa - How to Make Baklawa
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 Grill Vegetables
Learn how to master grilling vegetables like eggplant, zucchini, squash, and onions in this tasty grilled vegetable recipe.
Baba Ghannouj - Eggplant Dip
Recipe for baba ghannouj, a Middle Eastern dip made from eggplant.
Tarator Sauce
Learn how to make tarator sauce with this easy recipe.
Tah-Dig Recipe
Tah-dig is a Persian rice dish that is absolutely delicious! It is crusted rice that is found at the bottom of the pan after rice cooks. It is served alone or with stews and other dishes.
Moutabel - Spicy Eggplant Dip
Recipe for moutabel, a spicy Lebanese dip made from eggplant.
How to Remove Garlic Smell from Hands
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.
Hookah 101
Learn more about the hookah, a type of water pipe smoking that hails from the Middle East.
Umm Ali Recipe - Bread Pudding
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.
Turkish Delight - Lokum
Turkish Delight is a candy that originated in Turkey in the 1700's. The candy was featured in "The Lion,
How to Make Muhammara - Spicy Red Pepper Dip
Muhammara is a spicy appetizer dip that is served with pita or veggies for dipping. This recipe for muhammara is a classic and you really can't go wrong with it.
Shish Kebab
You may hear shish kabob quite frequently when learning about Middle Eastern cooking. Find out what it is here.
Steep
Steeping is a commonly used cooking term. What does steeping mean?
Black Bean Hummus Recipe
Recipe for black bean hummus, a tasty alternative to traditional hummus. This black bean hummus recipe is made with traditional hummus ingredients and black beans instead of chickpeas.
Kalamata Olive 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.
English Cucumbers versus Regular Cucumbers
Are English cucumbers worth the extra cost? Check out the differences between English cucumbers and regular cucumbers. Cucumbers are common in Middle Eastern cooking.
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.
How to Steam Squash
Steamed squash makes a great side dish for any meal. Try it with chicken and other poultry dishes.
Parsley 101
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.
Lamb Shank
Learn what a lamb shank is and how it is used in cooking.
Spinach Hummus
Recipe for spinach hummus, a healthy variation of traditional Middle Eastern hummus.
Turkish Cacik - Yogurt and Cucumber Dip/Salad
Cacik is a yogurt and cucumber dip/sauce. It can be eaten with kebabs or alone.
How to Devein Shrimp
Learn how to devein shrimp the simple and easy way! Here you will find a simple way to devein shrimp to prepare for delicious recipes. Once you learn how to properly devein shrimp, your cooking possibilities are endless!
How to Steam Broccoli
Learn how to steam fresh broccoli in this tutorial about steaming fresh broccoli. Broccoli is chock full of nutrients we need for optimum health.
Lemon Garlic Hummus
Hummus gets some kick with lemon and garlic! The sweet, pungent flavor of lemon combined with garlic makes for a hummus you won't be able to tear yourself away from! Pair it with pita and you have a quick and easy appetizer or snack.
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.
Easy Stuffed Grape Leaves
This recipe for stuffed grape leaves is easy and requires very few ingredients.
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.
Basmati Rice
Basmati rice is a type of rice that is very common in Middle Eastern cusine. Learn more about basmati rice here.
Pita Chips
These pita chips are perfect for dipping! Try them with dips like hummus and baba ghannouj, or with salads like tabouleh. Ot eat pita chips by themselves!
White Bean Hummus Recipe
This hummus recipe uses white beans instead of traditional chickpeas. Try this for a tasty alternative to chickpea based hummus.
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.
Pasta Salad
This pasta salad is great anytime of year. Crumbled feta cheese over mixed veggies and tri-colored pasta make this dish as pleasing to the eye as it is to the stomach.
Top 4 Best Boxed Falafel Mixes
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.
What is the best type of beef for making shish...
What's the best beef for kebabs? Learn more in this reader FAQ about best meats for making kebabs.
Washing and Soaking Rice Before Cooking - Is it...
Answer to an age old question about washing and soaking rice before cooking.
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!
Sun Dried Tomato Hummus Recipe
Recipe for sun dried tomato hummus, a delicious variation of traditional Middle Eastern hummus. Hummus is simple to make at home and only takes about 10 minutes with this easy recipe.
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.
How to Select the Best Cut of Lamb
Can you tell fresh lamb from lamb that has been sitting for a few days? Learn how to select the the best cut for what you are cooking and how to determine if the lamb is fresh.
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.
Fish with Tahini (Samak bi Tahini)
Fish with Tahini is easy and perfect for the seafood lover! It is called Samak Bi Tahini in Arabic and is a local favorite in many Middle Eastern regions.
Cilantro and Lemon Hummus
Cilantro - you either love it or hate it. But, if you love it, then this hummus recipe is for you! The
Peanut Butter Hummus
Peanut butter hummus is a kids' favorite. High in protein, peanut butter hummus is great for dipping veggies.
Spinach Fatayer
Spinach fatayers are small triangular pies stuffed with spinach and other ingredients. They are perfect served as appetizers.
Arak: Middle Eastern Alcoholic Beverage
Arak is an alcoholic beverage made in several Middle Eastern countries. Learn more about this unique drink!
Sfouf (Almond Semolina Cake)
Sfouf is a sweet almond cake from Lebanon. This sfouf recipe is easy and delicious!
When to Use Olive Oil, When Not to Use Olive Oil
: When to Use Olive Oil, When Not to Use Olive Oil “I have heard a lot lately about the benefits of using
How to Make Kisir - Turkish Tabbouleh
Recipe for kisir, a turkish, spicier version of tabbouleh.
Avocado Hummus Recipe
Learn how to make avocado hummus in this easy recipe.
Onion Rings Recipe
You have seen onions rings in Middle Eastern cooking served with shawarma, doner kebabs, and other "fast
Jalapeno Hummus
For some hummus with some kick, try jalapeno hummus! Whip up a bowl and serve with pita chips and you've got the perfect snack for your next party or get-together!
Calories in Hummus
Set aside your normal chip dip, and try hummus! Hummus is a healthier alternative. Learn the health benefits of eating hummus!
Hummus Sandwich
Check out this easy hummus sandwich recipe to learn how to make hummus sammies just like at your local hummus spot.
Spinach and Feta Hummus
Recipe for spinach and feta hummus, a variation of traditional Middle Eastern hummus.
Salad-e Shirazi: Tomato Cucumber Salad
Salad-e shirazi is a summertime favorite in Iran. Finely chopped tomatoes and cucumbers mixed with spices and lime juice make salad-e shirazi a hit.
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.
Ghee - Clarified Butter
Ghee is an ingredient in many Middle Eastern dishes. It is also called clarified butter. Ghee can be quite expensive in the stores; making it in your own kitchen is easy and inexpensive.
Lemon Couscous
With instant couscous, lemon zest, lemon juice, chicken broth and salt. Tastes good when you first make it, and left-overs are even tastier the next day
Tahini and Tahini Sauce
Want to know the difference between tahini and tahini sauce? This FAQ addresses the differences of tahini. Tahini is an ingredient used in hummus and several other Middle Eastern foods.
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!
Falafel Hot Sauce
Recipe for falafel hot sauce. Falafel hot sauce can be drizzled into a falafel pita sandwich or used for dipping.
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.
Broccoli with Tahini
Fresh broccoli served with a tahini sauce makes an excellent appetizer! It is perfect for vegetarians as it does not contain meat!
Koshari - Lentils and Rice with Tomato Sauce
Koshari is considered to be a fast food in the Middle East, especially in Egypt. It is almost like a chili. This koshari recipe is easy and inexpensive to make.
Cooking with Eggplant
Eggplant is one of the most versatile vegetables and can be made a variety of ways. Check out great eggplant recipes, tips for cooking with eggplant, and tips for selection and storage.
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.
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.
Simit
Simit is a fast food bread sold in the streets of Turkey by vendors. It is often eaten as a breakfast food with jam or yogurt. Simit is also great by itself! Simit is light and flaky, baked to a golden brown color, and topped with sesame seeds.
Tuna Salad with Tahini
Tired of the same old tuna salad? Check out this Middle Eastern version for a little variety and great taste! Tuna salad with tahini makes an excellent, healthy lunch.

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