Middle Eastern Cuisine & Foods & Grocery
Cuisine in the Middle East is diverse as its
people and changes depending on the country you are in. Some of the common ingredients in
its cuisine are olives, chickpeas, wheat, sesame seeds, rose water, orange blossom water,
pomeganate and tamarind. Chicken, beef and lamb are popular meats and yogurt and feta
cheeses are common. Lentil and bean soups and stews flavored with lemon omani and side
dishes made with lentils, beans, peppers or other vegetables are often served with a main
course. Middle Eastern food is flavorful and aromatic, and it uses spices to achieve
flavorful dishes that are unique to the cooking of the region.
The Middle East consists of: Algeria,
Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco,
Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and
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wide array of Middle eastern food choices in our ethnic food store will inspire you to
make multifaceted Middle Eastern meals, Mediterranean kibe of fava beans, hummus, and
orange scented rice pudding. You will be able to fuse fresh meat, veggies, and spices into
sizzling aromatic kabobs and shawarma, and mouth watering cous cous meals drizzled with
Tzatziki sauce with helpings of lentil and bean soups and rice flavored with herbs and
dill on the side.
the following Essentials to Cook Middle Eastern dishes.
Spices in Middle Eastern
Arabic and Middle Eastern food is known for its fragrance,
flavor from the wonderous spices making it one of the most tantalizing cuisine on earth..
Arabic traders shipped in spices from India to trade with Europe. They also added these
spices to add aroma, lovely flavor making it some of the most delicious and appetizing
food dishes in the world from hummus to kababs to spiced rice dishes. Middle Eastern teas
are served with meals and now flavored with such aromatic spices as cardamom, cinnamon, or
cloves. Mint tea is is also popular.
Allspice Bihaar Hilou Allspice is
used in many types of food, not just desserts. You will find it is used to flavor meats
and stews, as well as sweets.
Citric Acid Mileh Laimoon
Caraway Caraawya - Caraway is sharp, spicy, yet sweet with a dill flavor. Popular in North
Aniseed Habbat Hilwa - Aniseed is one of the world's oldest spices. It is popular in
sweets and has many medicinal purposes. Anise is also used often as a spice for rice
Nutmeg Jose Boa - nutmeg is used primarily in dessert dishes,
however in the Middle East it is used in meat dishes also.
Cinnamon Kirfah , Cinnamon Darseen
Citric Acid Mileh Laimoon
Parsley Bakdounis, Parsley Maadanose
Thyme Za'tar Zaatar
Tamarind is also used in Middle Eastern cookery. It is known for its tart, tangy flavor
and is absolutely delicious in soup, or on chicken or fish. Lamb is also delicious broiled
in a tamarind sauce.
Nutmeg Jauz il Teeb
Black Caraway Habbat Soda
Middle Eastern Spice Boharat, Middle Eastern Spice (Boharat) is a
popular spice is made from blending and grinding several aromatic spices which gives the
Middle Eastern food its distinctive taste and aroma. It includes allspice, nutmeg,
Cardamom Hale - Cardamom is used in many beverages. It is used mostly ground, however the
pods are sometimes used. Cardamom give Arabic and Turkish coffee it's unique flavor.
Cardamon is used in teas, soups, and in rice dishes to add a spicy exotic flavor.
Cayenne Filfil Ahmar
Paprika Filfil Hiloo
Black Caraway Habbat Soda
Nutmeg Jose Boa
Oman Lemon Noomy Basrah
Paprika Filfil Hiloo
Mint (Naanaa): Mint Naanaa is an aromatic plant enhances many recipes from this region
Oman Lemon Noomy Basrah ; Oman Lemon (Noomy Basrah) is a special variety of the lime
family, this plant is unique to the Middle East region. It looks like a small brown
dehydrated lime and has a strong tangy aroma. It can be found in Middle Eastern stores
under a variety of names, such as Basrah Lemon or Oman Lemon. Sometimes you may find it in
plastic bags without a label.
Curry Karry Curry (Karry): many Middle Easten cuiisnes have developes their own blends of
spices that are mainly Indian but to local tastes. Curry is used in rice curry dishes, as
well as scrumptious fish and meat curries, often many other spices are used with curry as
Rose Water My Warid - Rose Water is heavenly aromatic rose water to flavor desserts, rice
Saffron (Zaafaran): Saffron is the deep-orange, aromatic, dried stigmas of a
purple-flowered crocus. It is used to colour and flavour foods such as rice. Saffron is
very expensive and is therefore sold in small quantities. Saffron is also a popular spice.
It is used to color rice and give some flavor. The flavor is very delicate, but the color
varies varies from a light pale yellow to a bright orange.
Garlic Thoum - Although not considered a spice, garlic is a main ingredient of Middle
Easter fare. It is often used in most any kind of main dish or appetizer.
Ground black cherry seed Mahlab
Jew's Mallow Meloukhiya
Orange Blossom Water - Flavor Mazaher
Sumac Simmak Sumac Simmak Sumac is sour and is sometimes substituted for lemons
in recipes.. Sumac is also extremely well-liked. It is a reddish-brown spice that adds a
tangy yet aromatic flavor to many dishes and is sprinked on hummus, rice and kabobs for
color and taste.
Thyme is a wonderful spice that I like to use in almost anything. It has a delicious taste
and brings out the flavor in any meat or other recipes as well. I like the Zattar, which
is thyme and sesame seeds combined. It is delicious mixed with a small amount olive oil,
then spread on a pita.
Arabic meats are always flavored with baharat or spices, such as allspice, sumac, and
parsley. Arab people also love trose water in their rice and semolina and wheat cereals
and puddings to give it delicate flavor.
Middle Eastern Grains
Bulgur (Birghil): or Cracked Wheat. It is made from wheat that has been cracked. It is
available in three sizes: large, medium, and small (fine). The small variety is used in
this book as the ingredient for recipes such as Tabuli and Kibba. Bulgur is available in
our online store
Cardamom (Hale): Due to the Arabic trade with India this spice is a common ingredient in
recipes from the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Bulgur, also known as cracked wheat, is
used in such recipes as Tabouli (salad) and Kibba (hamburger and bulgar shell with a meat
and spice filling). It is readily available in most health food and Middle Eastern
Couscous: Couscous is a Moroccan
staple. It is eaten with many meals, and almost every day. It is made from durum-wheat
semolina with salt and water.
Semolina, Cream of Rice is a staple ingredient in many middle Easten Cuiinses
Cream of Wheat: it is made of ground-up wheat pearls.
Middle Eastern Lentil & Beans
Fava Beans (Bajilla): Fava Beans Bajilla is a bean variety can be found in health-food and
Middle Eastern stores in a dehydrated or canned form. Fresh Fava Beans can sometimes be
found in supermarkets during the summer season.
Garbanzo Beans (Himmus): Garbanzo Beans Himmus are beans are also known as channa beans
and Chickpeas and is a must for a Middle Easten pantry. The Middle Eastern wonderful and
popular dish hummos is made with garbanzo beans and garlic, cumin, sprinkled with lemon or
lime or sumac, then drizzled with olive oil. It is traditionally eaten with round flat
pocket breads, called Pita.
Whole Brown Lentils Adas Hab
Tahini & Ghee
Tahini (Rashi): This tan-coloured substance, made from sesame seeds, is thick in
consistency. The seeds are first toasted and then ground with peanut oil. Because no
emulsifiers are used, the Tahina will separate with time. This is normal; just stir before
using. Its most popular use is in the Hummus Be-Tahina dish. Tahini is an extremely
popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine. It is made from crushed and ground sesame
seeds mixed with peanut oil. It is used for a variety of recipes, including fish, salad,
and sauce for other dishes.
Clarified Butter Zibdy Saafi
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