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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!
Top 10 Lebanese Food
An all-time favourite Lebanese
dish, Falafel can classify as a sumptuous snack or a meal in its own right depending on when you have it!
Here, unleavened pita bread is lined with tongue-tickling garlic chutney, topped with a tangy curd dressing and packed with scrumptious deep-fried ‘bullets’ made of a kabuli chana batter.
This Middle-Eastern delight 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.
Do try other recipes like Paneer and Broken Wheat Patties in Whole Wheat Pita Pocket
or Mediterranean Pizza
Delectably different, Fattoush is a Lebanese
salad made by combining toasted and chopped pita bread with the choicest of veggies and herbs.
The texture of this salad is truly out-of-the-world, as it combines the crispiness of toasted bread with the juicy crunchiness of veggies. A simple but flavourful olive oil based dressing adds to the charm of this salad, making it an incomparable treat.
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.
A popular bread from Mediterranean cuisine, Pita Bread can be had as it is with Hummus
or used to make tasty dishes like Falafel
Take care to dissolve the yeast well in warm water, because it will not get activated if you use cold or hot water. At the right temperature, yeast will get activated and you will see tiny bubbles on top of the water after you let it rest for a few minutes.
Likewise, it is also important to use olive oil to make Pita Bread, as it gives a mild but characteristic aroma to the bread.
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.
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
Hummus has a unique flavour of chickpea, olive oil and parsley. Very healthy to eat just with cucumbers or carrots and great for weight loss and Endurance Athletes
An inseparable part of lebanese cuisine, tahini basically means a paste of roasted sesame seeds. The paste is widely used to make salad dressings, dips and sauces. In the given recipe it is combined with curds which results in a unique bitter-sour product.
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!
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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