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Middle Eastern Food: Most Popular Articles

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The easiest way to cut butternut squash
Learn how to peel and cut butternut squash in this easy tutorial.
Classic Homemade Falafel Recipe
Falafel is a worldwide recognized Middle Eastern food. Learn how to make authentic falafel from this classic recipe.
7 Simple Steps to Deseeding a Pomegranate
Learn how to properly and easily remove the seeds from a pomegranate.
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.
Halal Turkey
You can find a halal turkey this Thanksgiving. Here are some tips about what a halal turkey is, why it is important to followers of Islam, and where to find one.
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?
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!
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.
Fresh Garlicky Tahini Sauce
Recipe for tahini sauce, a sauce used in sandwiches, marinades, and dips.
Middle Eastern Stuffing
Recipe for a Middle Eastern inspired stuffing with sauteed onions, apples, almonds, fresh herbs and cardamom.
What is Halal Food?
An introduction to halal foods and halal ingredients.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 White and Yellow...
A reader asks what the difference is between white cheddar and yellow cheddar cheese.
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.
Make Chicken Shawarma at Home
Learn how to make chicken shawarma, just like at your favorite Middle Eastern restaurants!
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.
Turkey Brine Recipe
You'll never cook a turkey the same way again after using this brine recipe.
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.
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.
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.
10 Middle Eastern Recipes Simple Enough for...
New to cooking or Middle Eastern cooking? Try out these easy Middle Eastern recipes for beginners.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pomegranate Stuffing
Pomegranate stuffing is a nice twist on a traditional favorite! Great for stuffing a turkey or to accompany any poultry dish.
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.
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.
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.
Learn what it means to bring, a cooking term.
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.
Steeping is a commonly used cooking term. What does steeping mean?
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.
Your Dishes Are Only as Good as the Garlic You...
Learn the proper way to store garlic and keep it fresh.
Lebanese Rice Is a Unique Take On Traditional...
Recipe for the lebanese style of preparing rice.
Simple Tips for Selecting, Storing, and Cooking...
The pomegranate is one of the oldest, yet forgotten fruits. Learn how to pick the perfect pomegranate, store the fruit and some cooking tips. Includes fabulous pomegranate recipes.
How to Make Roasted Squash Seeds
Roasted seeds are a popular snack all year round, not just in the fall months. Try these roasted squash seeds for a change!
Quick and Easy Pumpkin Pancakes
These quick and easy pumpkin pancakes can be whipped up in a pinch for a flavorful start to your morning.
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.
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!
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,
All Home Cooks Should Know How to Parboil
Method of cooking a food in boiling water just until soft. The food is intended to be cooked further at a later time.
Savory Caramelized Onion and Potato Pastries
Recipe for savory pastry, using phyllo dough, and filled with a spiced mixture of mashed white and sweet potatoes.
How to Steam Squash
Steamed squash makes a great side dish for any meal. Try it with chicken and other poultry dishes.
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.
Shish Kebab
You may hear shish kabob quite frequently when learning about Middle Eastern cooking. Find out what it is here.
There's a Good Reason Falafel Pita Sandwiches...
Recipe for a falafel stuffed pita sandwich with veggies.
Sfouf (Almond Semolina Cake)
Sfouf is a sweet almond cake from Lebanon. This sfouf recipe is easy and delicious!
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.
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.
Spiced and Nutty Stuffed Apples
Recipe for baked apples stuffed with pistachios, walnuts, honey and spices.
The Most Popular Middle Eastern Foods Photo...
A collection of photos of the most popular and recognized Middle Eastern foods worldwide.
Kofta Is a Fantastic Alternative To Boring...
Recipe for kofta, a spiced ground beef kabob. Also known as kufta or kefta.
Definition of beat, a cooking term.
Arak: Middle Eastern Alcoholic Beverage
Arak is an alcoholic beverage made in several Middle Eastern countries. Learn more about this unique drink!
What are Truffles?
What are truffles? Learn more about this tasty ingredient in this FAQ about truffles.
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!
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.
5 Interesting Tips on Chickpeas (Plus, How to...
Learn more about chickpeas, a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking, including recipes that contain chickpeas.
Tarator Sauce: Delicious On Veggies, Seafood,...
Learn how to make tarator sauce with this easy recipe.
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.
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.
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.
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!
What is couscous?
What is couscous? Learn more about what couscous is and discover dozens of couscous recipes that will tempt your taste buds.
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.
Middle Eastern Christmas Recipes
Christmas is celebrates in many Middle Eastern countries by Arab Christians. Here you will find what you may find on a Middle Eastern Christmas menu.
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.
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.
Can I Freeze Falafel?
Can you freeze homemade falafel? Learn more about freezing falafel in this reader FAQ.
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.
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.
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.
Falafel Hot Sauce
Recipe for falafel hot sauce. Falafel hot sauce can be drizzled into a falafel pita sandwich or used for dipping.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moutabel - Spicy Eggplant Dip
Recipe for moutabel, a spicy Lebanese dip made from eggplant.
Labneh is a very popular Middle Eastern cheese. Learn what labneh is and how to eat it.
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.
What Exactly Is a Lamb Shank?
Learn what a lamb shank is and how it is used in cooking.
Do You Know What The Ancient Egyptians Ate? You...
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!
Served With Pita Bread, Baba Ghannouj Is a...
Recipe for baba ghannouj, a Middle Eastern dip made from eggplant.
Pomegranate Chutney Recipe
Pomegranate chutney can be used in a variety of ways. Use at your breakfast table, or in chicken dishes.
Pomegranate Molasses
Pomegranate molasses is a staple in Middle Eastern cooking. It can be used in marinades, rubs, or glazes. Pomegranate molasses is also used in desserts.
8 Favorite Appetizer Ideas Featuring Hummus
8 of the best appetizers that contain hummus. These hummus appetizer recipes are super easy!
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.
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!
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.
Marinade Your Chicken Kebabs With This Simple...
Recipe for shish taouk, grilled chicken on skewers.
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.
Easy Stuffed Grape Leaves
This recipe for stuffed grape leaves is easy and requires very few ingredients.
Definition of scoring, a common cooking term used in culinary arts.
3 Minutes to Perfectly Steamed 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.
Pumpkin Hummus Recipe
Pumpkin hummus is the perfect appetizer for your Fall table. This super easy recipe uses canned pumpkin and ingredients commonly found in your pantry.
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.
Try This Simple Technique 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!
Cranberry Hummus
Celebrate the flavor of cranberries this season with this delicious cranberry hummus recipe.
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.
Where to Buy Shallots
What are shallots? Learn more about the vegetable in this FAQ about shallots.
How Do I Freeze Pita Bread?
Learn the best way to freeze pita bread and thaw it out for maximum taste and freshness.
What is a Turkey Brine?
Learn more about what a brine is and how it can increase the flavor of cooking poultry, especially turkey.
Sesame Halva
Halvah is a favorite dessert in the Middle East. This version includes sesame seeds for a twist on the traditional halvah.
Knefe Recipe
Knefe is a traditional Lebanese dessert made with phyllo and cheese.
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.
7 Pomegranate Recipes You Will Love
The pomegranate is one of the most healthy fruits, filled with rich antioxidants. Here are some delicious ways to get cooking with pomegranates to introduce them into your diet.
5 Hummus Recipes Your Kids Will Love
Try these great hummus recipes - perfect for your children!
Tips for Buying Middle Eastern Recipe Ingredients
Having trouble finding ingredients for your favorite Middle Eastern recipes? These tips will help you locate ingredients through local grocers and online Middle Eastern stores.
Learn more about cardamom, one of the most common spices used in the Middle East.
How to Toast Almonds
Learn how to toast almonds to use in salads and other recipes. Toasted almonds are a healthy snack that can easily be made at home.
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.
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.
Pumpkin Jam Recipe - A Perfect Fall Jam
This recipe for pumpkin jam is perfect for fall! Using fresh pumpkin, you can easily make a jam that is great for desserts and breakfast dishes.
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.
Pomegranate Syrup
Pomegranate syrup is perfect for breads, desserts, pancakes and other sweets. This pomegranate syrup recipe is both simple and delicious.
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.
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 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.
3 Steps to Make Your Own Simple Spinach Hummus
Recipe for spinach hummus, a healthy variation of traditional Middle Eastern hummus.
5 Tips to Make a Bread Bowl for Your Favorite...
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!
Definition of halal, a food preparation method in Islamic dietary law.
Chickpea Soup
The chickpea is practically a staple in Middle Eastern cooking. It most commonly used in hummus and falafel. There are also great in soup.
How to Make Marinated Lamb Kebabs, Shashlik
Recipe for lamb shashlik, a type of kebab.
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.
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.
Middle Eastern Beef Stew with Acorn Squash
Recipe for a beef stew, cooked with Middle Eastern spices, and served over roasted acorn squash.
What can I do with leftover hummus?
Have leftover hummus? Try these great idea using leftover hummus.
Honey Spiced Nuts
Recipe for walnuts, almonds and pistachios roasted with honey and spices.
Spinach Fatayer
Spinach fatayers are small triangular pies stuffed with spinach and other ingredients. They are perfect served as appetizers.
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.
What is Baharat Spice?
What can baharat be used for? What does it taste like? Is is spicy? Learn how to use it correctly, and with the right food.

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