Traditional Arabic food in Arabic cuisine


traditional arabic food

Traditional Arabic food is characterized by its flavor and spices. It is influenced by the climate and geography of the region, which results in a unique cuisine.

Some of the most popular traditional Arabic dishes include hummus, falafel, tabbouleh, shawarma, and baklava. All of these dishes are packed with flavor and spices that make them uniquely Arabic.

If you’re looking to try some delicious traditional Arabic food, be sure to check out a local restaurant or cafe that specializes in Arabic cuisine. Here are a few traditional Arabic foods available in Arabic cuisine at different famous restaurants.

1. Shawarma

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Shawarma is a dish that originates from the Levant region and is made with chicken, lamb, or beef that is cooked on a rotisserie. It is then thinly sliced and served in pita or wraps. Shawarma is often topped with vegetables and sauce, making it a flavorful and filling meal.

Ingredients:

-2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

-1 red onion, quartered

-1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

-1/4 cup olive oil

-3 cloves garlic, minced

-2 teaspoons ground cumin

-1 teaspoon smoked paprika

-1 teaspoon salt

-1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the sauce:

-1/2 cup tahini paste

-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

-3 tablespoons water

-1 clove of garlic, minced

-1 teaspoon salt

Directions to cook:

1. In the bowl of your slow cooker, combine the chicken thighs, red onion, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.

2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

3. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the slow cooker and thinly slice it.

4. To make the sauce, combine the tahini paste, lemon juice, water, garlic, and salt in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

5. To assemble the shawarma bowls, layer hummus or tabbouleh on the bottom of a bowl followed by some chicken slices and then the sauce. Serve with pita bread or wraps if desired.

2. Hummus

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Hummus is a popular dip or spread that is made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, and garlic. It is often served with pita bread or vegetables for dipping.

Ingredients:

-1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

-1/4 cup tahini paste

-3 tablespoons lemon juice

-3 tablespoons water

-1 clove of garlic, minced

-1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the chickpeas, tahini paste, lemon juice, water, garlic, and salt.

2. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.

3. Serve with pita bread or vegetables for dipping.

3. Falafel

Falafel is a popular dish made from ground chickpeas, herbs, and spices. The mixture is formed into balls or patties and then deep-fried. Falafel is often served with tahini sauce or hummus.

Ingredients:

-1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight

-1/2 onion, quartered

-3 cloves garlic

-1 teaspoon salt

-1 teaspoon cumin

-1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

-1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

-3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

-Vegetable oil, for frying

Directions:

1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the soaked chickpeas, onion, garlic, salt, cumin, parsley, cilantro, and baking soda. Blend until the mixture is finely ground.

2. Add the flour and pulse a few times to incorporate.

3. Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the falafel mixture into the hot oil and press down lightly to form a patty. Fry on both sides until golden brown and crispy. Repeat with the remaining falafel mixture.

4. Serve with tahini sauce or hummus.

4. Tabouli

Tabouli is a popular Middle Eastern salad that is made with bulgur, tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs. It is often served as part of a mezze platter or as a side dish.

Ingredients:

-1 cup uncooked bulgur wheat

-1/2 cup boiling water

-1/2 cup diced tomatoes

-1/2 cup diced cucumber

-1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

-1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

-3 tablespoons olive oil

-3 tablespoons lemon juice

-1 clove of garlic, minced

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine the bulgur wheat and boiling water. Let sit for 15 minutes to allow the wheat to soften.

2. Add the diced tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, mint, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.

3. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

5. Baklava

Baklava is a sweet pastry made from layers of phyllo dough filled with nuts and syrup. It is popular in many Middle Eastern countries and is often served as a dessert or snack.

Ingredients:

-1 pound package of phyllo dough

-1 cup unsalted butter, melted

-1 cup chopped walnuts

-1 cup chopped pistachios

-1/2 cup sugar

-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-1/4 cup honey

Directions:

1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In a large bowl, combine the chopped walnuts, pistachios, sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.

3. Unroll the phyllo dough and brush with melted butter. Layer 10 sheets of dough in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan, brushing each sheet with butter. Sprinkle 1/2 of the nut mixture over the dough. Top with 10 more sheets of buttered dough, and sprinkle with the remaining nut mixture. Top with 10 more sheets of buttered dough.

4. Cut the baklava into diamonds or squares before baking. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown.

5. Drizzle the honey over the top of the baked baklava and let cool before serving.

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