Best Vegetarian Arabic Dishes which you should try

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One of the great perks of the internet is the ability to try and create dishes from various parts of the world; each country has its own special cultural disease and highlights and one of the greatest joys is trying to recreate it ourselves. Arabic dishes are known to be some of the most exquisite and still generally light enough to leave you craving more.

Vegan Arabic sandwich 

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You can never go wrong with a simple sandwich, they’re the perfect meal for during the day or for an outing. To prepare this you’ll need:

  • 3 pita bread
  • hummus/ any choice of spread
  • 3 ½ cup boiled chickpea
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tomato
  • lettuce
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp red turmeric powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Cut the eggplant into thin vertical stripes, drizzle some oil and put in an oven preheated to 392F for 35-40 mins or till cooked. Cut the strips further and set aside.

In a pan heat oil and add finely chopped onions along with garlic. Wait till onions are cooked and add in the tomatoes, salt, spice; after the tomatoes turn mushy, add the chickpeas and cook for a little longer

Cut your bread into two equal pieces and grill slightly. Take the bread pocket, apply the sauce of your choices and fill in with some chopped lettuce and your prepared vegetables. Serve. 


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Falafel has gained popularity over the past few years and rightly so, the dish is easy to cook and a delight to eat; to make falafel you’ll need:

  • 1 cup boiled (slightly firm chickpea)
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • Oil

First, combine your chickpea, onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt in a medium bowl and add the flour. Mash the chickpeas with all the ingredients together.

Form this mixture into balls and slightly flatten. Heat your oil in a deep saucepan over a stove and add in your balls after the oil is hot. Fry for 5-6 mins or until golden brown.

Serve hot.


Hummus is one of the most popular and versatile sauces out there, the sauce is delicious on its own and with a lot of dishes. To prepare hummus you’ll need:

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • ¼ cup water from chickpea can
  • Lemon juice, according to taste
  • 1 ½ tbsp tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 sliced chilli
  • Salt, to taste
  • Olive oil

Drain the chickpeas (setting the liquid aside) and add them into a food processor along with lemon juice, crushed garlic, chilli and salt. Add in the liquid from the canned chickpeas and blend until smooth.

Before serving, create a shallow depression in the centre of the dip and pour in 1-2 tbsp olive oil.


Not only Arabic foods are delicious, but they’re also extremely simple to make and don’t require too many complicated ingredients. They can be perfect for a mid-week meal or a lunch as well due to their short cooking time and effort.

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