By Jenna Jolie
Also referred to as Kabsa, this is a mix of rice dishes on a platter. It is considered as a national dish of some countries in the GCC. This dish constitutes of meat and vegetables along with rice.
An Arab meat pie pastry that can alternatively be stuffed with spinach (sabanekh), or cheese (jibnah) such as Feta or A'kawi. It is part of Arab cuisine and is eaten in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and other Arab countries in the region.
This deep fried ball or patty is made from ground chickpeas and fava beans. It is preferred with dips like Tahina. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, commonly served in pita bread, which acts as a pocket. It is also wrapped in a flatbread known as lafa. Falafel, frequently, refers to a wrapped sandwich consisting the patties and is commonly eaten across the Middle East. The fritters are now found around the world as a replacement for meat and as a form of street food.
Ahh! One amongst my favorites! The word originates from a Turkish name meaning ‘turning’. A rotating or turning spit is used where a block of meat is placed, heated and pieces of the meat are shaved off to fill it in a grilled wrap along with other sauces and stuffing like pickled vegetables.
This is an Arabian vegetarian dish. It is considered as a salad at times. It is traditionally made of tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur and onion. Then, seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Some variations add garlic or lettuce.