7 Middle Eastern Dishes You Need To Try Before You Die

7 Middle Eastern Dishes You Need To Try Before You Die

Time to get a little more adventurous with your dining.

By Candice Jackson | 30th August 2016

There’s so much more to Middle Eastern cuisine than hummus, kebabs and grilled haloumi, and by how much we (and probably you) absolutely love those foodie delights, we thought it was worthwhile highlighting more of the Middle Eastern dishes you should be eating. Like, ASAP.We’ve listed seven foodie wonders from the Middle Eastern world to add to your bucket list now. In other words, you haven’t lived until you try these seven Middle Eastern dishes:

1. Tabbouleh

Delicious and healthy, this classic Middle Eastern dish is always made fresh and has become a ‘global salad’ of sorts. We’d be shocked and surprised if you haven’t already had the pleasure of eating this, but nonetheless it HAD to go on the list.  

2. Tagines/Marqa

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If you like Spanish paella, you’re going to love this Middle Eastern dish. The traditional dish, named after the pot it is cooked in, boasts an incredible aroma of fragrant flavours and spices. The hearty slow-cooked stew includes spiced meats and vegetables.

3. Lamb Kofte

Lamb Kofte

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Personally, I’m a sucker for anything that I can dip into a mint and garlic yoghurt sauce, so it should come as no surprise that I would highly recommend lamb kofta/kofte to anyone who is willing to take my advice (hopefully you). They can be consumed as kebabs or as bite-sized canapés. Delish!

4. Spiced-cauliflower salads

Middle Eastern cuisine is known for making many delicious salads on a roasted and/or spiced cauliflower base. Perfect for vegetarians, these combinations can include pomegranates and pistachios, chickpeas and tahini or lentils and dates.

5. Falafels

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We’re going to look past the deep-fried cooking method of these traditional Middle Eastern balls, because the taste is worth it. They’re made from chickpeas and flava beans and can be placed in a pocket, wrap, burger or pita. No matter which way you have it, you’ll be in foodie heaven.

6. Lahmacun

If you need a dish to dip your toe into Middle Eastern cuisine, you should definitely order a lahmacun, a.k.a a Turkish pizza. It’s basically an oval-shaped flatbread topped with spicy lamb or beef mince with vegetables, spices, herbs and cheeses, baked in an oven.

7. Baklava

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Image: Pinterest

This Middle Eastern dish is the perfect mix of sweet and savoury, with a rich, sweet pastry stacked with honey and nuts. The perfect end to any meal or as a welcomed 3pm snack!

 

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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.

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