Dubai style shawarma

shawarma is an arabic pita wrap overflowing with shaved chicken or lamb. a crunchy tabooleh or fattoush salad accompanied by either tahini or hummus completes this middle eastern street food.

Baba gannoujh middle eastern eggplant spread

this is a delicious and very simple recipe if prepared in a food processor or blender. a wonderful spread to serve with pita bread, kalamata olives, feta, and tomatoes. this recipe calls for japanese eggplant,...

Couscous basics

this is a easy basic recipe for couscous making it light and fluffy, not gummy. be sure to allow the couscous to absorb the water. it's a tiny pasta made of ground semolina flour. add spices, fruits,...

Cypriot pumpkin soup

not all pumpkin soups are american - some versions come from cyprus, too! try this on a cold winter night, or any time of the year, really.

Turmeric tea

recipe from and they adapted it from a recipe found on this week our organic fruit box has fresh turmeric so i am going to try this out in the morning!

Dajaj salona

from ya salam cooking blog for name game oman a chicken curry dish with pumpkin potatoes and lots of other veggies , i think you would not need to add chicken if you are not a meat eater or need something...

Cream kunafa

delicious cream filled middle eastern sweet. this kunafa receives tremendous compliments on its sweet & savory combination and is requested very often. you may use 2 1/2 - 3 "small" cans plain keshta for...

Cinnamon saffron coffee

this is my current favorite coffee. i created it for my taste inspired by the amazing spices and flavors of north africa and the middle east. it's a bit indulgent and something that you can very easily...

Middle eastern semolina and saffron bread

saffron, turmeric and semolina flour give a lovely golden color to this crusty, dip-ready bread. prep time includes rising

Cranberry applesauce

a wonderful compliment to many dishes. also a great side for the "2013 thanksgiv-ukkah", as it goes very well with recipe #509834. super easy to make and yummy. i hope you enjoy this recipe.

Dubai lemonade

i was reading about this refreshing drink and not having had it, and needing some drinks for na* me game, here we go. it is a blender drink without alcohol.

Turkish beef casserole

you can prepare it in advance and heat before serving!

Creamy indian lentils and rice

this is a recipe from cooking light. it doesn't say what kind of lentils to use, but from the picture, i'd say brown, or puy.

Ma amoul

these are delicious arabic biscuits / pastries, they can be made with a variety of fillings, including pistachios, walnuts or dates. they are often eaten in the middle east as a celebratory food, for example...

Iraqi qeema stew of chickpeas and diced meat

qeema in the iraqi culinary lingo is a traditional stew of finely diced meat (and hence the name qeema, which, etymologically is an ancient akkadian word, which means 'chopped into small pieces) with split...

Dilly fish

a very tasty recipe for fish and a way for me to use all the dill in my garden. this is from a non-cooking friend, who found this recipe for a potluck dinner she attended. she got raves for this and i...

Crunchy noodle kugel a la great aunt martha

posted and developed by melissa clark, in the new york times on 9/12/2007, for rosh hoshana. not at all for the health conscious.

Egyptian red lentil soup

this soup is considered to be a tradition for breaking the ramadan fast in egypt and is a traditional "middle eastern peace recipe". i got this from a middle eastern living blog and decided to share it...

Dajaj fe ga3ateh chicken at the bottom bahrain

delicious and easy! "a traditional bahraini recipe originally posted for welcome to bahrain tag game! modified from a recipe on

Israeli halva

flaky, creamy, sweet sesame (tahini) goodness. this recipe uses the proper temperatures to achieve the perfect texture of halva.


a turkish variation on a much-loved middle eastern dish said to have been invented by the ladies of the sultan's harem - to win his favours!from one of my favourite cookbooks the complete meze table.

Dajaj ma jawz

a nice chicken and walnut dish from arabia. (i increased the spices and that made it more appealing to me, at least)


when i would visit palestine during the summers, we would walk down the street to our favorite restaurant samer's in the morning and get a plate of msabbha to go along with our fresh falafel and pickles....

Traditional bahraini chicken machboos machbous

machboos is a dish of rice & meat, popular in many gulf countries & across saudi arabia. here is a version which is traditionally made in bahrain. if you don't have any buharat / baharat spice mix, there...

Couscous tabbouleh

tabbouleh is one of my favorite salads, we eat it all summer long. some times i use couscous instead of the cracked wheat normally called for in tabbouleh, it makes for a lighter salad. normally, tabbouleh...

Drstevers filipino stir fry

i developed this recipe for my wife: a labor and delivery nurse. she is on her feet for 12 hours a day and must eat on the

Cucumber and tomato salad in garlic yogurt dressing

posted in response to a request for a turkish recipe.

Turnip pickles lebanese style

in response to a request. these are great with a falafel and a beer!

Carol's hummous

a recipe i learned from two lebanese friends. this is my family's most requested dish at get-togethers.

Turkish pilaf

did you know that authentic turkish rice pilaf is supposed to be a bit sticky? well, it is. so, for a nice change of pace, give this one a try. posted for zwt 6.

Easter tartlets

this is my adopted recipe, i haven't made it yet.

Dried fruit salad

a lovely mediterranean recipe often used to break the daily fast during the month of ramadan. can be prepared in advance.

Spinach stew

a favorite of mine. i grew up eating this and thinking that i should be as strong as popeye :). if the allspice is too much for you, use half the quantity.

Cream of wheat cake

strange as it may sound, this cake tastes wonderful. i fell in love with a cake called basbousa while staying in jordan, and couldn't find semolina anywhere here back home in the states, so i made up my...

Saudi champagne

i know i know.....'saudi' and 'champagne' are 2 words that do not go together, but this drink is totally non-alcoholic, a popular favourite in saudi arabia and featured on the menu of every restaurant...


greek easter soup.

Persian dainties

pure natural ingredients and soooooo good. no baking. i usually include them in my christmas goodie boxes. don't make them too big they are very rich.

Couscous curry

this recipe is really a good main dish,kinda exotic :-) it came from cooking light magazine

Yemen rub

from eipcurious. good on vegetables and meats. good as part of a gift basket if labelled and put in an attractive jar or tin.

Eggplant and pomegranate stew with beef or lamb

adapted from may s. bsisu's fantastic book, "the arab table," this recipe for a hearty and exotic stew features classic arab flavor combinations and is very filling and healthful. note: ground beef may...

Turkish scrambled eggs menemen

also known as italian frying peppers, cubanelle peppers are large and blocky. they are light green in appearance and they mature red. the thin walls of this pepper make it an excellent choice for frying....

Sfiha arab pizza

these delicious, exotic pizzas are traditional in lebanon and syria. they make perfect appetizers or entrees.

Biram ruz egyptian rice casserole

from saad fayed, birum ruz is a rice casserole served with chicken or lamb. it is full of flavor and makes an easy alternative to plain white rice.

Easma kufta

i was given this recipe by a former coworker who was armenian. whenever i bring the leftovers to work for lunch, everyone is popping into the breakroom to see what smells so delicious!

Stuffed grape leaves persian

serves six as a meal or 12 as an appetizer.

Delicious hummus

this is so creamy and yummy! adapted from my cuisinart food processor book.

Shish tawook

this is my favorite recipe for grilled chicken on skewers.

Falafel with tahini and cilantro sauces

this is a great vegetarian dish for lunch or dinner!! crisp on the outside, tender in the middle. add more pepper flakes to the cilantro sauce is you like more bite.

Fried gefilte fish

an alternative to the old standby this is quick and easy