Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lebanese Food - Lebanese Food Recipes

Lebanese cuisine includes an abundance of starches, whole grain, fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood; animal fats are consumed sparingly. Poultry is eaten more often than red meat. When red meat is eaten it is usually lamb on the coast, and goat meat in the mountain regions. It also includes copious amounts of garlic and olive oil, often seasoned by lemon juice.; olive oil, herbs, garlic and lemon are typical flavors found in the Lebanese diet. 

Lebanese Main Dish Recipes


Sheik al Mehshee

Sheik al Mehshee  or Sheikh El Mahshi means the sheikh of stuffing. So of all the vegetables that Lebanese stuff Sheik al Mehshee has the best taste. The eggplants give out wonderful flavors with the meat and pine nuts.



Chicken Koftas

Chicken kofta is perfect for those who don't eat red meat or are trying to cut back. The flavor of this chicken kofta recipe is great!





Shish Taouk - Lebanese Chicken Skewers

Shish taouk is a traditional Arabic and Turkish shish (brochette), which can also be found in Syrian, Palestinian, Lebanese, Egyptian and Iraqi cuisines, but is made in kabab houses in many cities around the world. The dish originates from the Middle East, namely Lebanese and Syrian cuisine.

 
Lebanese chicken pilaf

Finish off the week with some fantastically fragrant Middle-Eastern fare. This dish surprises with zesty lemon, punchy spices and sweet currants.




Lebanese stew with peas with rice (bazella w riz) 

This is a classic Lebanese recipe. It is a hearty, spiced stew that is easy to prepare, and you simply cannot enjoy it without the revered rice pilaf with vermicelli.


 
Lebanese lentils and rice

Lebanese lentils and rice (Mujadara) is a traditional vegetarian Lebanese dish made with lentils and rice, and garnished with caramelized onions.




Lebanese Makloubi with Meat

Maklouba, Makloubeh, Makloubi, Makloube Recipe is a Upside Down Rice dish with either beef or chicken or can be vegetarian if you prefer.



 

Lamb Shank Okra Tajine

A Classic Arabic dish which consists of ground cumin, ground coriander, Salt and pepper, lamb shanks, onion, Garlic cloves, tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken stock, frozen okra (thawed) or fresh (cleaned), ghee,





Arabic Chicken With Lemon & Thyme

Our favorite recipe from our favorite Syrian-Lebanese cookbook, "Foods from Biblical Lands."The actual name is Djaj ma' limoon wa za' tar, but the kids call it "Arabic Chicken" and ask for it frequently.




Stuffed zucchini (Koussa mahshi)

The best zucchini to use for this recipe is the small, slightly bulbous, pale green variety often sold as Lebanese zucchini.





Lamb Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Malfouf is a traditional Lebanese dish which involves rolling cabbage leaves with a stuffing of ground meat, rice, 7-spices (of course), then stacking them in a cooking pot in layers with garlic in between, and then simmering them on low heat in a sauce made with lemon juice, fried minced garlic, water and salt.






Lebanese Chicken and Potatoes

A traditional Lebanese dish of baked chicken and potatoes. Unbelievably simple, but ever so delicious.









Shish Barak with Yoghurt

Shish Barak is a traditional Lebanese dish, perhaps of Turkish/Ottoman origins (hence the name), which is basically made of tiny meat dumplings cooked in a plain yogurt stew.









Lebanese Desserts Recipes


Best Baklava Recipe

Baklava is normally prepared in large pans. Many layers of phyllo dough, separated with melted butter, are laid in the pan. A layer of chopped nuts typically walnuts or pistachios, but hazelnuts are also sometimes used is placed on top, then more layers of phyllo.




Sesame Halva

Sesame halva is a much loved sweet among the inhabitants of Balkans, Middle East and Poland. Apart from sesame or tahini paste, this oriental delight gets its share of subtle sweetness from the brown sugar and honey.


 
Lebanese Knafeh

Knafeh or Kunafeh Cheescake (its spelling variations are as endless as its recipe variations) is a dessert specialty of the Levant, especially in Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, Syria and northern Egypt. It is a first cousin of the Greek kadaifi and the Turkish künefe and ekmek kadayıfı.




Namoura with Yogurt

One Arabic dessert I could never tire of would be the ever so popular namoura. This cake is extremely easy to make and requires very little ingredients so even the kitchen newbie will get it perfect anytime.




Low Fat Mohallabiah

This is a traditional Arabic dessert that can be made in minutes.









Sesame Cookies (Barazek)

Barazek – Sesame Cookies barzak. Barazek is an Arabic dessert famous in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine that is served with Turkish coffee or hot tea.




Katayef

A traditional Ramadan treat served after the fast is broken. No home could ever hold their head up without a plate of these wonderful homemade Katayef treats.




Eish El-Saraya

This is a famous mouth watering Middle-eastern/Lebanese dessert, it's made in holydays and special occasions, the name "Aish Al-Saraya" means “the bread of royal palace" .







Mamool

Ma'amoul (Arabic: معمول‎) are small shortbread pastries filled with dates, pistachios or walnuts (or occasionally almonds, figs, or other fillings). They are popular in Palestine, Lebanon, and other Levantine countries. They may be in the shape of balls or of domed or flattened cookies. They can either be decorated by hand or be made in special wooden moulds.



Sfouf

Sfouf is a sweet almond cake from Lebanon. This sfouf recipe is easy and delicious!






Lebanese Appetizers & Sides Recipes


Falafel (Chick-peas Patties)

Falafel is a very delicious Middle-Eastern gourmet appetizer that has become popular in the West over the past several years.



Spinach fatayer

Spinach fatayers are small triangular pies stuffed with spinach and other ingredients. They are perfect served as appetizers.





Sfiha Recipe

These delicious, exotic pizzas are traditional in Lebanon and Syria. They make perfect appetizers or entrees.





Sambosa 

Sambosa or sambosak is one of the most popular and scrumptious appetizers in all Arabic countries, Pakistan, and India, especially during Ramadan, which is the fasting month for Muslims.




Manakish

Manakish, manakeesh or Manaeesh in Arabic it's called (مناقيش‎) is a Levantine food consisting of dough topped with cheese or thyme or ground meat, but used widely in many Levantine countries such as Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and palestine.





Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves (Warak Enab)

These flavorful lebanese stuffed vine leaves are a finger licking delicious meal. Apart from being very healthy, they are so easy to make. You could easily find the vine leaves at any lebanese market or if you have a vine, just pick up the green leaves!




Lebanese Kebbeh

Kibbeh is virtually the national dish of Lebanon and to call it a meat loaf does not quite raise it to the heights it deserves. Its traditional preparation is dramatic. It requires a stone mortar and a heavy pestle called the jorn and modaqqa. The meat is pounded with rhythmic motions until it is smooth and pasty. All the neighborhood knows the sound of kibbeh in the making.



Baba Ghanouj – Roasted Eggplants With Garlic and Tahini 

Baba Ghanouj is a Delicious Lebanese Appetizer Made With Roasted Eggplants, Garlic and Tahini Paste.









Mediterranean Hummus

Hummus (Arabic: حُمُّص‎) is a Middle Eastern and Arabic food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.Today, it is popular throughout the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa, Morocco, and in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe.




Lebanese Salad Recipes

Fattoush

Fattoush (Arabic: فتوش, also fattush, fatush, fattoosh,and fattouche) is a Levantine bread salad made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread (khubz 'arabi) combined with mixed greens and other vegetables. Fattoush belongs to the family of dishes known as fattat (plural) or fatta, which use stale flatbread as a base.



Lebanese Tabouleh Salad

Tabbouleh (Arabic: تبولة‎ tabūlah; also tabouleh or tab(b)ouli) is a Levantine Arab salad traditionally made of bulgur, tomatoes, cucumbers, finely chopped parsley, mint, onion, and garlic and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt, although there are various other variations such as using couscous instead of bulgur.





Lebanese Lentil Salad

Healthy lebanese sald dish. The lemon and mint are the secret to giving these basic lentils their middle eastern flavor.








Lebanese Potato Salad

Dressed with a tangy lemon vinaigrette and fresh mint, this invigorating—and dairy-free—potato salad makes the perfect summer potluck contribution.






 


Lebanese Soup Recipes


Lebanese-Style Red Lentil Soup

Delicious and healthy Lebanese recipes prepared using red lentils, chicken stock, olive oil, minced garlic, onion, cumin, cayenne pepper, chopped cilantro, and fresh lemon juice.








Lebanese Lentil Soup

This recipe is Easy, economical and supremely satisfying. This soup of lentils is great in cold-weather.





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