Algerian Kefta (Meatballs)
jacqueline senouci

Algerian Kefta (Meatballs)

This simple meatball dish is delicious, rich, and fresh. It was taught to me by my Algerian husband, one of his favorites from home. The tomato sauce can be used for anything and the amounts of flavors can be adjusted. I like a lot of garlic and pepper. I have also found halal hamburger to be much leaner and lighter than regular. You can find it at international food stores and halal butcher shops in bigger cities. Serve this dish with a French baguette.

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 Al Kabsa - Traditional Saudi Rice and Chicken
EmiratiWife2010

Al Kabsa - Traditional Saudi Rice and Chicken

This was the first Arabic dish I ever made and it turned out extremely delicious, a new favorite! Serve Al Kabsa with a fresh mixed cucumber, carrot, lettuce, and tomato salad -- preferably with a little lime vinaigrette. Some fresh pita bread on the side would be nice also. Saudis like their Kabsa with a hot sauce called 'Shattah'. Enjoy!

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 Afghan Beef Raviolis (Mantwo)
amanda1432

Afghan Beef Raviolis (Mantwo)

This is a time consuming recipe, but it's worth it! This dish always sells out at a well-known Afghan restaurant nearby.

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 Veggie Bulgur Salad (Kisir)
ahilgaz

Veggie Bulgur Salad (Kisir)

I got this recipe from a friend, it is a very popular Turkish/Middle Eastern salad.

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 Chef John's Falafel
Chef John

Chef John's Falafel

Unlike most of America's other favorite fast foods, falafel is rarely attempted at home, which is a shame, since it's very simple to do, and even a relative novice like me can get some very decent results. One word of warning: you do need to know you're going to have a craving for this a full day before you actually want to eat it.

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 Roasted Red Pepper Salad
Asli Ocak

Roasted Red Pepper Salad

This is a stuffed pepper salad, light and delicious!

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 Chakchouka (Shakshouka)
Ben

Chakchouka (Shakshouka)

Chakchouka (also called shakshouka) is a Tunisian and Israeli dish of tomatoes, onions, pepper, spices, and eggs. It's usually eaten for breakfast or lunch, but I think it's tasty anytime. And it's easy to make. It is similar to the Turkish dish 'Menemen' and to the Latin American breakfast dish 'Huevos Rancheros.'

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 Moroccan Spicy Carrot Salad
malak

Moroccan Spicy Carrot Salad

Carrots are cut into thin, round pieces and cooked with the spices.

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 Dukkah
rosichops

Dukkah

An Egyptian spice blend that is wonderful. The more you eat it the more addictive it becomes. Serve with toasted crusty bread (Turkish bread is great for this), and olive oil. Dip bread into olive oil, then into the hazelnut mixture and enjoy this unique and addictive mix.

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 Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)
Melissa Mueller

Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)

This may sound like a plain recipe, but believe me, it's wonderful! It is an easy-to-make Middle Eastern comfort food that combines lentils, rice and delicious fried onions. The yogurt really gives it a super flavor!

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 Ash-e-jow (Iranian/Persian Barley Soup)
Autumn Leaves

Ash-e-jow (Iranian/Persian Barley Soup)

I've seen a lot of recipes for this soup; however, my mother-in-law adds tomato paste for a bit of a different flavour and she doesn't add any lentils or beans. It's thick, filling, and delicious, and you could make it vegetarian by using vegetable stock.

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 Bazlama - Turkish Flat Bread
sharwna

Bazlama - Turkish Flat Bread

Bazlama is a simple and delicious village bread that I learned to prepare after moving to Turkey. Normally it is cooked in an outdoor oven but it works just as well on the stove top. It's best served warm.

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 Kuwaiti Traditional Tea
MERKA2125

Kuwaiti Traditional Tea

This is the typical tea you will find in regular housed in Kuwait. Its deliciously aromatic and the spices give it a rich taste.

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 Pakistani Spicy Chickpeas
Komal

Pakistani Spicy Chickpeas

Chickpeas appetizer eaten often during Ramadan at Iftar.

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 Tastira (Tunisian Fried Peppers and Eggs)
Asma Khalfaoui

Tastira (Tunisian Fried Peppers and Eggs)

I learned this recipe from my mother-in-law in Tunisia. Serve it on four separate plates or on one large platter. Serve with sliced French bread.

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 Kofta Kebabs
SRKELZ

Kofta Kebabs

These kebabs have 6 different kinds of spices; the first time I smelled them I knew immediately that I had to find the recipe. The most affordable way to purchase the spices is in bulk at either a health food store or an Asian or Middle-Eastern market. They are very good! Serve with yogurt, flat bread, lettuce, tomato and cucumber.

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 Chicken Biryani
Nazia

Chicken Biryani

This is a delicious Pakistani/Indian rice dish which is often reserved for very special occasions such as weddings, parties, or holidays such as Ramadan. It has a lengthy preparation, but the work is definitely worth it. For biryani, always use long grain rice. Basmati rice with its thin, fine grains is the ideal variety to use. Ghee is butter that has been slowly melted so that the milk solids and golden liquid have been separated and can be used in place of vegetable oil to yield a more authentic taste.

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 Fereni Starch Pudding
Zahra

Fereni Starch Pudding

A delightful pudding that can be eaten hot or cold, during Ramadan, particularly on sohur or iftar. Adjust both the sugar and the rosewater to taste.

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 Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Mint
Jenna

Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Mint

This soup is divine and much like you will get at any authentic Turkish restaurant. It has dynamic flavors and a lovely mild heat. I make a big batch and eat it for lunch with crusty bread and salad the entire week. Optional: Serve with additional mint and lemon wedges.

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 Kanafa
Noura

Kanafa

A favorite Palestinian dessert! Crunchy shredded phyllo dough is baked with a layer of creamy sweet cheese and then drenched in rosewater syrup. It's simple yet impressive. The cheese filling is traditionally made from Nabulsi cheese that is desalted. The ricotta-mozzarella mix is a great substitute, and lower-fat products can be used. If you have access to a Middle Eastern grocery, you can probably find kanafa dye, which turns the dough into the orange or reddish color that is the signature of kanafa.

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 Shish Tawook Grilled Chicken
Noor

Shish Tawook Grilled Chicken

These are served in every restaurant in the Middle East. You can easily make them at home and make them taste just as good, if not better. Don't substitute sour cream for the yogurt, as the yogurt is a meat tenderizer.

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 Indian Fish Curry
Mantu

Indian Fish Curry

A very spicy dish. This recipe is inspired by my mother's Bengali fish recipe she used to make in India.

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 Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce
Sean

Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

This is a great recipe for falafel. Everyone that I have made it for loves it. Yum!

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 Kheer (Rice Pudding)
PATRICK7

Kheer (Rice Pudding)

This is a very flavorful Indian rice pudding. It's the best rice pudding I've ever had, and very easy to make!

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 Baba Ghanoush
Becky

Baba Ghanoush

A roasted eggplant dip or spread. Delicious served with pita or vegetables, alongside hummus or on its own!

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 Sambusa
SAFIYOSMOMMY

Sambusa

This is a Somali recipe. I learned it by watching my Somali friends around Ramadan and I was able to make my own variation. They are really good and I can't stop eating them. They are served during Ramadan, Weddings, Parties, or just because. Since I am married to a Somalian man, I learned to cook a few things, and there are some of my American dishes he loves as well. For a variation you can substitute shredded beef for ground beef.

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 Vermicelli Pudding
nausheen

Vermicelli Pudding

A traditional dessert specially made for Eid festivals. No Eid breakfast is complete without this tasty and easy dish.

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 Authentic Bangladeshi Beef Curry
Maisha Dewan

Authentic Bangladeshi Beef Curry

This spicy beef curry is best served with plain basmati rice or eaten with naan or pita bread.

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 Syrian Bread
Sue Litster

Syrian Bread

Mix the dough in your bread machine and bake in the oven. A versatile Middle Eastern style flat bread that you can serve with lunch or dinner.

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 Ayam Penyet Pedas (Indonesian Spicy Penyet Chicken)
deravi

Ayam Penyet Pedas (Indonesian Spicy Penyet Chicken)

Ayam Penyet (Penyet Chicken) is an incredibly spicy Indonesian dish that will make your tongue feel like burning... you will need to go to a special Asian grocery store to get some of the ingredients.

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 Balela Salad
sister5design

Balela Salad

This is a Middle Eastern-style bean salad that is full of flavor.

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 Middle Eastern Tomato Salad
mjkitty96

Middle Eastern Tomato Salad

This salad is a perfect side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet, or any other diet for that matter, and it's an incredible tasting summer treat for anyone, whether or not you're on a diet. I think it pairs wonderfully with any kind of grilled meat or fish.

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 Pasta with Yogurt Sauce
ALMA-LOU

Pasta with Yogurt Sauce

This is a Middle Eastern adaptation using any pasta--fusilli, elbow macaroni, penne, shells, etc. It is just as tasty eaten cold or warm, and is a quick fix for a hurry up meal. Sahtain!--to your health!

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 Butter Lamb Gravy
Trynewfood

Butter Lamb Gravy

Lamb is simmered in a spicy tomato and cream sauce. This is a very mouthwatering dish that is easy to make. Serve with hot cooked rice or your favorite bread. You can even make a variation with chicken, salmon or beef.

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 Om Ali
NANCY GIRGIS

Om Ali

This Egyptian dessert contains phyllo dough or puff pastry, milk and nuts. Use any kind of nuts that you would like and eat it with a spoon. Legend has it that Om Ali was the first wife of the sultan Ezz El Din Aybek. When the sultan died, his second wife had a dispute with Om Ali, resulting in the second wife's death. To celebrate, Om Ali made this dessert and distributed it among the people of the land.

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 Turkish Red Lentil 'Bride' Soup
Genevia Jensen

Turkish Red Lentil 'Bride' Soup

A wonderful and easy soup. Traditional Turkish soup. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint leaves.

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