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Falafel

Falafel has become a common street food in the Middle East, and rightly so. This falafel recipe is gluten free, crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, and full of flavor from the cilantro, mint, coriander and nutty sesame seeds. —Nithya Narasimhan, Chennai, Alabama

10 Middle Eastern Cookbook Titles We Recommend

This collection of cookbooks is your window into the beautiful world of Middle Eastern cooking. The list includes books with...


Festive Pumpkin Falafel

My pumpkin falafels are a healthy twist on the classic. Pumpkin adds a light sweetness to the vegan falafel while...


Lebanese Street Sandwiches

2 reviews

Arayes are grilled Lebanese-style sandwiches that are stuffed with a seasoned meat mixture. They're commonly found throughout the food stalls...


What Is Tabouli and How Do I Make It?

What is tabouli, you ask? This easy-to-make grain salad is about to earn a permanent place in your recipe rolodex.

Fattoush Salad

Fattoush salad is very popular in the Middle East. It uses sumac, which is a unique spice that adds an...


9 Essential Middle Eastern Spices and Pantry Ingredients

Add these Middle Eastern spices and other pantry items to your kitchen so you'll be ready to whip up dishes...

How to Make Ma’amoul, a Date-Filled Cookie from the Middle East

Learn how to make ma'amoul, the beloved Middle Eastern butter cookie, made aromatic with flower waters and filled with dates.


Cumin-Spiced Lentil Burgers

1 review

My lovely Turkish daughter-in-law has shared many recipes with our family. I transformed her original lentil log recipe (a traditional...


Malfouf

4 reviews

Malfouf, also known as Lebanese cabbage rolls, is a delicacy in the Middle East. Not only are cabbage rolls delicious,...


Rose Water Rice Pudding

Rose water rice pudding is a popular Middle Eastern treat. Pomegranate seeds and chopped pistachios add a simple yet elegant...

Tabouleh

1 review

Tabouleh, also known as tabbouleh, is a classic Middle Eastern salad. The fresh veggies and mint leaves make it light...


Israeli Malabi with Pomegranate Syrup

Malabi is a very famous, easy sweet milk pudding from Israel. For this recipe I learned from a friend, you...


Feta-Stuffed Kibbeh with Harissa

There are countless versions of kibbeh recipes throughout the Middle East. This is our adaptation of this delicious dish. You...


What is Za’atar and How to Use It in Your Cooking

Seen za'atar on the shelves of your local grocer or in a Middle Eastern recipe and wondered what it was?...


What Is Sumac? Learn More About This Mediterranean Spice

Prized for the sharp citrusy flavor it brings to dishes, sumac has been used around the world for thousands of...

Best Hummus

2 reviews

Hummus is my go-to appetizer when I need something quick, easy and impressive. Over the years I've picked up a...


Syrian Green Beans with Fresh Herbs

This is how my mom always made green beans. She got the recipe from a neighbor when we lived in...


Indian-Spiced Beefy Lettuce Wraps

2 reviews

Since I love the flavors of Indian food, I almost always have coconut milk, a jar of mango chutney and...


How to Make Hummus, Step by Step

Once you learn how to make hummus from scratch, you'll never want to go back to store-bought dip!


Cauliflower Tabbouleh

This cauliflower tabbouleh recipe is super easy and fast to make. I love that I can offer it to my...


Baklava Thumbprint Cookies

11 reviews

The topping on my sister-in-law's peach cobbler was so delicious that I asked for the recipe, then decided to use...


Quinoa Tabbouleh

7 reviews

When my mom and sister developed several food allergies, we had to modify many recipes. I substituted quinoa for couscous...


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Quick and Easy Baklava Squares

1 review

I love baklava but rarely indulge because it takes so much time to make. Then a friend of mine gave...

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Baklava

9 reviews

Many ethnic festivals are held in my city throughout the year. One in May is the Greek Hellenic Festival. My...