Middle Eastern

Falafel (Chickpea Fritters)

a middle eastern delicacy, of blended chickpeas with fresh herbs, fried to perfection with a crisp outside and soft tender center Falafel originated in Egypt, being made with a combination of fava beans among various spices and herbs. Other countries throughout the Middle East, including Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, adopted the recipe and… Continue reading Falafel (Chickpea Fritters)

Middle Eastern

Pickled Turnips and Beets (Turshi)

a crunchy, bite of earthy, zesty pickled turnips and beets Turshi, or pickled vegetables, is a popular side dish or sandwich addition to many Middle Eastern cuisines. Here we simply have turnips, usually white fleshed, that have been pickled with beets so they’ve picked up their beautiful magenta color. Both beets and turnips are root… Continue reading Pickled Turnips and Beets (Turshi)

Middle Eastern · Savory

Matchstick Za’taar Fries

oven-baked, yet still crispy, crunchy, and tasty, everything you’d want your fries to be Za’taar is a spice blend that is common in various Middle Eastern foods. It is made by combining dried ingredients like basil, thyme, toasted sesame seeds, marjoram, and sometimes sumac. There are many different blends to zataar and each has it’s… Continue reading Matchstick Za’taar Fries

Dressings, Dips, & Condiments · Middle Eastern

Lemon Garlic Tahini Sauce

a nutty smooth yogurt sesame dip, full of essential vitamins and minerals Tahini is a paste that is made from ground sesame seeds that is common in Middle Eastern cooking. It’s rich in minerals phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron. It is a great source of calcium, protein, vitamin E, and many B vitamins. It… Continue reading Lemon Garlic Tahini Sauce

Middle Eastern

Eggplant Casserole (Fatteh Betnjan)

Eggplant Casserole here! This dish is called ‘Fatteh Betnjan‘ in Arabic. One of my favorite dishes of my childhood.  Made with layers of toasted pita bread, seasoned meat in a rich tomato sauce (traditionally used with ground beef, I used chicken here), roasted eggplant, garlic tahini yogurt sauce, fresh herbs like parsley and the best… Continue reading Eggplant Casserole (Fatteh Betnjan)