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 10 Best Lebanese Recipes

  Last Updated : Jul 13,2018

Top 10 Veg Lebanese Food Recipes

Lebanese cuisine, once considered exotic and premium, is now available in plenty and enjoyed by all. Dips and Falafel are all-time favourites, enjoyed by people of all nationalities. Garlicky dips, especially the Hummus made with chickpeas, are quite popular, and so are the sumptuous and unique salads and breads.

Lebanese cuisine uses a lot of starchy ingredients, veggies, whole grains and fruits, not to forget olive oil and garlic. Dates being common in that region, it is used frequently not just desserts but also savory dishes. Lebanese salads also contain ingredients like broken wheat, which makes them sumptuous enough to be a small meal. From snacks like the Lebanese Roll and Falafel , to dips like the Red Capsicum and Walnut Dip and the Tzatziki Dip, salads like Tabbouleh and breads like Pita Bread, Lebanese cuisine has varied dishes to offer, across all the courses of a meal. The Lebanese repertoire also has some traditional desserts like Baklava, and unique beverages like the Apple Tea and Ayraan.

Lebanese cuisine is popular as it can be easily prepared at home. The methods are simple and the ingredients are also commonly available in India, so you don’t have to think twice before picking a Lebanese dish to prepare today. If you have decided that is what you are going to do, then these recipes will give you quite a few interesting choices to pick from. Happy Cooking!

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falafel recipe | Lebanese falafel | Lebanese falafel stuffed in pita bread | homemade falafel in pita bread | with 41 amazing photos Falafel is a middle eastern deep fried snack (Lebanese snack). It is an Arab food. falafel are great source of protein as they are made with kabuli chana. Falafels are usually fried but if you are looking for healthier option you can also bake them! Falafel bullets are made with soaked overnight and drained kabuli chana (white chick peas) , garlic (lehsun) ,onions, parsley, coriander (dhania), mint leaves (phudina) and cumin seeds (jeera) powder all ground together in a food processer. And the mixture is then taken out in a bowl and green chilli paste + baking powder are added to it and mixed together. Small balls are equally shaped out of the mixture and fried. Further to make Lebanese falafel stuffed in pita bread we have made a dip using curd, garlic, spring onion and sugar. Then the unleavened pita bread is lined with tongue-tickling garlic chutney, topped with a tangy curd dressing and packed with scrumptious deep-fried Lebanese falafel ‘bullets’ made of a kabuli chana batter. I would like to share some important tips to make the perfect falafel recipe. 1. Mix well and our falafel bullet mixture is ready. If making falafel for the first time and you are afraid of the falafel disintegrating, then add 1-2 tbsp of refined flour for binding. 2. You can make the tahini dip in advance and store in the fridge. This Middle-Eastern falafel is quite filling, and looks and tastes exotic as well, so you can serve it with tea or at a party too. Serve the Falafel as soon as you assemble it, because it will get soggy if you let it soak in the dressing for too long. Enjoy how to make falafel recipe | Lebanese falafel | Lebanese falafel stuffed in pita bread | homemade falafel in pita bread | with detailed step by step photos below.
 by Tarla Dalal
fattoush salad | middle eastern fattoush salad | vegetarian fattoush salad | lebanese fattoush salad | with 21 amazing step by step recipes and video. Fattoush is a Lebanese salad made by combining toasted and chopped pita bread with the choicest of veggies and herbs. The texture of this Middle Eastern Fattoush salad is truly out-of-the-world, as it combines the crispiness of toasted pita bread with the juicy crunchiness of veggies. A simple but flavourful olive oil based dressing adds to the charm of this Fattoush salad, making it an incomparable treat. To make Fattoush salad healthy, you can use whole wheat pita bread and toast it, instead of pita bread made with plain flour. We have used regular pita bread to make Fattoush salad as this is readily available in bakery stores and supermarkets across India. At home, we serve Fattoush salad with some hummus and lavash or falafel. Enjoy how to make Fattoush Salad recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.
 by Tarla Dalal
Tabbouleh is a popular Middle Eastern vegetarian recipe, made by tossing together veggies like tomatoes and onions with herbs and lemon juice. A seasoning of freshly ground black pepper enhances the flavours of all the other ingredients making this salad super tasty. Sometimes, cooked broken wheat is also added to this salad, to make it more filling. Serve this salad with pita bread , to make a tasty meal.
pita bread recipe | Indian style pita bread | healthy whole wheat pita bread | pita bread on tava | with 22 amazing images. pita bread is a famous Lebanese flat bread sold all over the world and we show you the Indian style pita bread recipe. A popular bread from Mediterranean cuisine, pita bread can be had as it is with Hummus or used to make tasty dishes like Falafel. Our pita bread recipe is yeast leavened bread made with whole wheat flour. The pocket in the bread is created because of the steam. pita bread recipe is traditionally baked but we have here shared a pita bread on tava recipe where we have cooked it on a non-stick pan making it easier and quicker! This is an Indian style pita bread. Notes on whole wheat pita bread. 1. The yeast will feed on the sugar and starches and release CO2, which will cause the dough to rise. 2. The frothy layer on top indicates that the yeast is activated. If the mixture doesn't foam, discard and start over with new yeast. 3. In a deep bowl, take the whole wheat flour. Ensure you make use of a big bowl as the dough will rise and you do not want it to get messy. 4. Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and allow it to prove for 30 minutes or till the dough rises almost till double. Covering also prevents the dough from forming a dry layer on top. See why this is a healthy whole wheat pita bread? Whole wheat flour used in making pita bread is excellent for diabetics as they will not shoot up your blood sugar levels as they are a low GI food. Whole wheat flour is rich in phosphorus which is a major mineral which works closely with calcium to build our bones. We have used very little sugar in the recipe. Likewise, it is also important to use olive oil to make pita bread, as it gives a mild but characteristic aroma to the bread. Learn how to make pita bread recipe | Indian style pita bread | healthy whole wheat pita bread | pita bread on tava | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.
The Red Capsicum and Walnut Dip is a delight to put on the table, because of its vibrant colour, mind-blowing flavour and exquisite texture. Red capsicum adds spicy notes to this tasty dip, while walnut improves the texture and gives an exotic flavour too. Bread crumbs are added to stabilise the dip, and lemon juice is used to enhance the flavour further. This Lebanese treat is a perfect match for Sesame Lavash.
 by Tarla Dalal
Hummus recipe | Lebanese dip | Indian style hummus | healthy hummus dip | with amazing images. I have been making hummus Lebanese dip in my Indian kitchen for over 20 years. This is an easy, simple Indian style hummus recipe to follow for Indians, as we always have chickpeas in our kitchen. Hummus has a unique flavour of chickpea, olive oil and parsley. Very healthy to eat Indian style hummus with cucumbers or carrots and great for weight loss and Endurance Athletes. Notes on hummus Lebanese dip. 1. overcooked chickpeas work great too. If you want the chickpeas to go soft, you can add a pinch of cooking soda while pressure cooking so that the chickpeas cook properly. 2. Wait for the pressure to drop naturally before opening it. If you open it in a haste, the chickpeas will not have cooked properly. 3. Drain the kabuli chana. Tip: Keep aside some cooking water of the chickpeas to add to the blender if required. This liquid will give a smooth consistency to the hummus. 4. Finally add curd to the mixer. This might seem unusual but a few middle-eastern countries replace tahini with yogurt in their hummus for a tangier taste. If you want, you can avoid the curd and put tahini instead. Hummus, the famous traditional Lebanese spread, has a creamy chickpea texture. It tastes fantastic when served as apart of a mezze platter with Pita Bread or vegetables. Learn to make Hummus recipe | Lebanese dip | Indian style hummus | healthy hummus dip | with step by step photos and videos below.
 by Tarla Dalal
tahini dip recipe | tahini sauce | how to make tahini | tahini yoghurt dip | with 17 amazing images. tahini dip recipe | tahini sauce | how to make tahini | tahini yoghurt dip is an attractive and aromatic sesame seed based dip. Learn how to make tahini. An inseparable part of Lebanese cuisine, tahini sauce basically means a paste of roasted sesame seeds. These tiny seeds along with curd add in some protein and calcium too, which are necessary for bone strengthening. The paste is widely used to make salad dressings, dips and sauces. To make tahini dip, first make the tahini paste. For that, Roast the sesame seeds in a non-stick tava (griddle) on a medium flame for a few seconds. Allow it to cool completely, transfer to a bowl and add the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Blend to a coarse paste. Keep aside. Then to make the dip, combine the curds and the prepared tahini paste in a bowl and mix well using a whisk. Serve the tahini dip chilled with pita bread or lavash. In the given recipe of tahini yoghurt dip it is combined with curds which results in a unique bitter-sour product. The lemon juice balances its flavours with slight sourness which is quite acceptable. The olive oil in how to make tahini lends the necessary smoothness to the paste and in turn to the dip. What’s going to make its taste lingering on your taste buds for days is it being served with authentic accompaniments like pita bread and lavash. With 46 calories per tbsp. of tahini dip, it’s a dip to be added to your health menu. However, for a complete health package, serve it with vegetable sticks like those of carrot and cucumber. It can then be enjoyed by diabetics, heart patients, women with PCOS and those aiming weight loss too. Tips for tahini dip. 1. Roast the sesame seeds very carefully. Roast for a few seconds and keep a close watch as they tend to burn easily. 2. Curd should be thick. Thin curd will make it runny and not have dip like consistency. Enjoy tahini dip recipe | tahini sauce | how to make tahini | tahini yoghurt dip | with step by step photos and video below.
 by Tarla Dalal
We always gain a deep satisfaction from preparing exotic, international foods in our own kitchen, isn’t it? Here is your chance to make Lavash, the all-time Mediterranean favourite. With mild scents of olive oil and the strong aroma of toasted sesame, Lavash is a bread par excellence. Bake them fresh, allow them to cool and turn crispy, then serve with a cheesy or tangy accompaniment. The taunting aroma of freshly baked bread is sure to make one overeat!
 by Tarla Dalal
Muhhamarra means ‘reddened’ in Arabic, and that hints at the nature of this recipe. Hailing from Syria, Muhhamarra is typically a hot and spicy dip made with dry red chillies. Here, we have modified the recipe to moderate the spiciness, so it would appeal to all. In this version, walnuts, garlic and red chillies team up with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds for aroma and bread crumbs for volume and texture. The Muhhamarra is an unusual dip, with a texture similar to hummus. Use a small mixer jar to ensure proper grinding, and serve fresh with pita strips.
The Middle Eastern name for this dip is Baba Ganoush which is eaten with warm pita bread as an appetiser or a snack. While may not sound very appetising to have a brinjal dip…, trust me you will not even realize that you are eating brinjal. Brinjals are a rich source of iron which is an important component of our blood. Today a variety of readymade dips are available in the market. But it is wiser to make one at home since it will be free of preservatives as well as more nutritious. You can even use it as a sandwich spread as it is healthier as compared to a calorie laden cheese or mayonnaise based sandwich.
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