Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Indo-Pak etc
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Middle Eastern - Lebanese, Egyptian, Jordanian, Iranian/Persian as well as farther east - Indian, Pakistan, etc. - Most of these I have EATEN at restaurants, some I have made, or I want to try to make the recipes. Some Greek Israeli Italian, Turkish etc. I'm not particular!! It's good!!
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Flatbreat (Man'ooshe) recipe from:
These meat pies can also be made with ground Lamb instead of beef :)
Meat recipe from:
http://www.mamaslebanesekitchen.com/meats/lebanese-meat-pie-recipe-sfeeha-lahm-bi-ajeen/Submitted by SQUIRRELLYONE
Zaatar is to Lebanon what Peanut Butter is to America. The word “Zaatar” (aka Zatar or Za’tar) refers to wild thyme herbs that grow in Lebanese and Middle Eastern wilderness. It is also used to refer to the herbal mix that will be featured in this recipe and which is found in every Lebanese kitchen.
I recall childhood memories when we used to go out with our cousins and friends in the woods of villages in Koura, Lebanon every spring looking for wild thyme and marjoram. Our mothers would then dry the herbs and mix them with spices to prepare our yearly stock of the Zaatar mix.
The Zaatar mix can be consumed in a variety of ways, the most common one being to mix it with olive oil, and then use it as a spread on a sandwich or spread it on dough and bake it into a “Man’oosheh” (plural “Mana’eesh”). Mana’eesh bakeries are to the streets of Lebanon what Starbucks is to the streets of America (and now the World). They are extremely common and are crowded mostly in mornings with people picking up Zaatar or other kinds of Mana’eesh and gourmet baked pies on their way to work
Lebanese Nights, aka “Layali Lubnan” is an amazingly aromatic dessert that is quite refreshing in summer time. It has a rich complex taste stemming from subtle hints of Mastic (aka Mistika, or Mastika in Greek, or “Arabic Gum” (not to be mistaken with “Gum Arabic”) , orange blossom water and rose water. The bottom layer is made of the actual pudding, topped with a layer of whipped cream and a layer of coarsely ground fresh pistachios and sugar syrup.Submitted by LEBANESEKITCHEN
This recipe is from my sister, whose husband is from the Middle East and is a wonderful cook. I love Tabbouleh, it’s one of my favorite foods with hummus and pita bread, of course. For the best pita bread, go to a local Mediterranean stores.Submitted by JLBARNEY
This is a thick soup that you could put over rice. It has tons of herbs and green veggies. the more you slow cook it the better it tastes. The quantities you add can be varried and it's very versatile, like basil add some, can't stand dill omit it.... it's a soup so anything goes.Submitted by VIVALARAZA
This soup, based on a Turkish recipe given to me by a friend, is incredibly filling. (It is called Bride Ezo Soup.) Submitted by STEPFANIER
I have this recipe from a relative who lives in the north of Greece. She lives in a town called Alexandria, which is half an hour's drive from the royal palace at Pella and the tomb of Alexander the Great's father and son at Vergina, but because of the dispute over the name Macedonia I've chosen to call this salad Alexandrian. She always has a big tub of this ready chopped in the fridge, and at each meal she puts some in a serving bowl and adds extra virgin olive oil. She also adds a tsp of citric acid as a preservative. I've asked Husband, who is a chemist, and he says it's harmless but if you prefer you could use the fresh juice of one lemon instead (our relative says it goes dark that way, I haven't tested this because I use the citric acid). It will keep a week, refrigerated. With two salads a day it will be gone before then.
In Constantinople they have a similar salad called Politiki, with the addition of garlic. Submitted by SUNNY112358
My mother was married to a wonderful man, Bart Shishmanian. He was a great father figure, and a wonderful Grandfather. He taught me how to fix this wonderful Rice Pilaf the first year they were married. My kids absolutely love it. I haven't tried to make it substituting a lesser fat product. If you do, please let me know.Submitted by ZFISHPOND
Gluten-free and dairy-free, but full of great taste! This is an Armenian cake that will quickly become a new sweet staple for you and your family. It will become a tradition in your home if you give it a chance and I can tell you that even those who can eat gluten will thank you for it. You can bring it to parties and people will rave about it. It’s moist and the citrus taste is light and refreshing. Submitted by JULIEG108