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Fish
Fish Kofta Tomato Stew

White fish fingers in a spicy tomato and bell pepper stew

Turkish
Turkish Yogurt Chicken Stew

Chicken stew yogurt with potatoes and carrots

Egyptian
Egyptian Onion Rice

Rice with onion

Egyptian
Egyptian Molokhia with Beef

Molokhia over rice with tender diced beef

Kofta
Kofta Balls

Middle Eastern syle meat balls

Ful
Ful Mudammas Soup

Fava beans with cumin garlic and chilli

Qatar
Qatar Karak Tea

Tea made with condensed milk and cardamom

Chickpea
Chickpea Soup

Chickpeas with cumin, lemon and fresh coriander

Moroccan
Moroccan Pumpkin and Tomato Soup

Creamy pumpkin and tomato soup with nutmeg and cinnamon

Fish
Fish with Tahini Sauce

Fish baked in lemon, onion, garlic and tahini

Butter
Butter and Herb Couscous

Couscous with butter, herbs and garlic

Spicy
Spicy Chicken Puff Pastry Rounds

Pastries with spicy, garlic, ginger, bell pepper and chicken mince filling

Egyptian
Egyptian Fytir with Syrup

Egyptian crispy fried fytir in a sugar, lemon and honey syrup

Lebanese
Lebanese Onion Soup

Spicy onion soup with basil and oregano

Moroccan
Moroccan Batbout Bread

Moroccan flour and semolina pita

Pea
Pea and Carrot Tomato Stew

Peas and carrot in a tomato stew with onion, garlic and spice

Kahk
Kahk Biscuits

Date stuffed ginger biscuit sprinkled with icing sugar

Couscous
Couscous with Butter and Raisins

Sweet couscous with butter, cinnamon and raisins

Tunisian
Tunisian Kofta

Tunisian style Kofta with honey, lemon, ginger and spice

Tunisian
Tunisian Egg and Potato Omelette

Omelette made with hard boiled eggs, potatoes, tomato and cumin

Middle Eastern Spices The Middle East was the site of many great ancient civilizations. Over the millennia, the spread of different cultures has played a big part in the culinary development of the region. Middle Eastern dishes are traditionally influenced by the Arab culture of hospitality and generosity, the historical spices trade, social customs and what produces are locally available.

Middle Eastern dishes commonly have olive oil, garlic and spices such as cumin, cinnamon and ground coriander combined with the freshest of vegetables and herbs served with rice, couscous, bulgur or legumes. Desserts can be delicate yet simple that commonly uses nuts, syrup and orange blossom water.

During the month Ramadan fasting in the Islamic calendar, usually falling in mid-summer or when the crescent moon is sighted (ninth month). Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. Traditional foods eaten at sufoor (dawn) and after iftar (sunset) are light meals containing breads and grains, low-fat dairy products, fruits, halal meats, legumes and fresh vegetables. Dates usually break the fast at sunset, after which can follow appetizers, desserts, entrees, juice, salads and water. Some of the typical foods consist of chicken or lamb with rice and vegetables, along with sticky pastries and nuts.

Middle Eastern recipes tend to be uncomplicated, yet distinctive there is a huge variety of recipes, that can be nutritious, appealing and enjoyable to bring together family, friends and guests. Meals are often taken in a communal fashion with people choosing food from a large plate in the center of a table. Instead of using utensils pita bread is frequently used to scoop food up for consumption.

People can use their fingers to eat although the right hand is often used rather than the left as the left hand is considered unclean in some Arab cultures. However, the left hand can be used to hold a drinking glass when greasy food is offered. It is considered the height of bad manners not to try every dish offered and the host must always be complimented on their hospitality.




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