Middle Eastern

A collection of recipes from all over the Middle East regardless of political and geographical boundaries. A major characteristic of the Middle Eastern cuisine is its overall simplicity; simple to prepare and simple to digest.  The Middle East is rich in vegetables and fruits of exceptional quality. There is hardly any vegetable or fruit that does not grow in the region and the few exceptions are mainly those that prefer a tropical habitat. Vegetables and fruits are often dried for winter use and olive oil is the most popular cooking ingredient.

Lamb Kofta
Middle Eastern, Mutton and Lamb

Lamb Kofta

The word Kofta is derived from the Persian verb “koftan” which means “to grind”, referring to the meatballs made from ground meat. Koftas are meatballs made with beef, chicken, lamb or pork. Its origin lies in the Middle East but it has been cooked in various ways in different parts […]

Shakshouka
Egg, Middle Eastern, Tomato

Shakshouka

Shakshouka (or Chakchouka) is a popular Middle Eastern breakfast dish made of tomatoes, capsicums, onions, eggs and spices. This dish is a staple dish of Tunisian, Egyptian and Israeli cuisine. Ingredients: Eggs – 4 Olive Oil – 2 tblsp Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp Garlic – 4 to 5 cloves, […]

Grilled-Lamb Chops
Middle Eastern, Mutton and Lamb

Grilled Lamb Chops

A quick and easy to make dish for lunch, dinner or a weekend party, these grilled lamb chops are best served with cucumber tomato salad and mint sauce. Ingredients: Lamb Chops – 6, one inch pieces Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1 tblsp Dried Oregano – 1/4 tsp Thyme – […]

Spicy Meatballs
Chicken, Middle Eastern, Mutton and Lamb

Spicy Meatballs

These simple and easy to make meatballs with either chicken or lamb makes a great party appetizer. They are also great for any meal and can be paired with most gravies. Serve them with a gravy/main dish of choice or with a pita bread, salsa and salad. Ingredients: Minced Chicken […]

Shish Taouk (Skewered Chicken Kebabs)
Chicken, Middle Eastern, Ramadan

Shish Taouk (Middle Eastern Chicken Kebabs)

Shish Taouk (or Skewered Chicken Kebabs) is a traditional Middle Eastern dish, especially in Lebanon. Skinless and boneless chicken pieces are marinated and then grilled. These are then served with pita bread, salad and sauce of choice. Ingredients: Chicken Breast – 450 gms, skinless, boneless Lemon Juice – 2 tblsp […]

Fried Eggplant Salad
Brinjal, Middle Eastern, Salad

Fried Eggplant Salad

A classic Greek style salad with fried brinjals, capsicum & spring onions with an optional crumbled cheese on top. Ingredients: Eggplants (Brinjals) – 300 gms, chopped Cheese – 2 tblsp, crumbled (optional) Capsicums – 2, small, chopped Spring Onions – 2, finely sliced Garlic Paste – 1 tsp Extra-Virgin Olive […]

Lebanese style Chicken Wraps
Chicken, Middle Eastern

Lebanese Chicken Wraps

The Lebanese cuisine is a mix of European cuisine and Middle Eastern flavours. They are not only delicious but also has a rich variety because of its varied influence.  As the weather is getting warmer, enjoy the summer with this easy to make Lebanese style Chicken Wraps. Serve with a […]

Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad
Middle Eastern, Salad

Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad

Ingredients: Cucumber – 2, diced Tomatoes – 6 to 8, deseeded, chopped Spring Onions – a small bunch, finely chopped Carrot – 2, peeled, grated Chickpeas – 750 gms, soaked, drained Baby Spinach Leaves – handful Mint Leaves – handful, chopped Coriander Leaves – handful, chopped Black Pepper Powder as […]

Baba Ganoush
Brinjal, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Baba Ganoush

A classic Mediterranean/Middle Eastern eggplant dip. Ingredients: Eggplant (Brinjal) – 1, halved Juice of 1 Lemon Sesame Paste – 1 tblsp Garlic – 1 clove, minced Parsley – 1 tblsp, finely chopped Olive Oil as required Salt – a pinch White Pepper Powder as per taste Method: 1. Heat little […]

Iranian Grilled Saffron Chicken
Chicken, Middle Eastern

Joojeh Kabab

This is the famous Iranian Chicken Kababs with Saffron and Lime. Ingredients: Chicken Breasts – 500 gms, boneless, skinless, chopped Onion – 1, grated Plain Yogurt – 1 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – 1 1/2 tblsp Zest of 1/2 Lime Lime Juice – 2 tblsp Juice of 1/2 Lemon Butter […]