Mutabbaq

Every country has street food that it is known for and today’s dish is one of Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s most famous street food known as mutabbaq. It originated in the area known as Al-Hejaz, located in the western part of today’s Saudi Arabia. After living in Saudi Arabia for almost four years, I can confidently say that this is the dish I miss the most! The crispy dough and meaty filling are the perfect late night snack after a long day. Mutabbaq has also spread around Southeast Asia, where it is called murtabak, it can be found all over Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei. Made with either a savoury or sweet filling, this dish is delicious! The name mutabbaq […]

Muhalabiyat amardeen

Apricots are one of my favourite fruits, but unfortunately the season to get sweet juicy ones is way too short for my liking. This is where amardeen comes in handy. This fruit leather made from apricots in their prime allows me to enjoy apricots any time of year! While amardeen is a great snack on its own, it is even better when added to a traditional Middle Eastern dessert known as muhalabiya. Muhalabiya is a milk pudding very similar to Italian Panna Cotta. It is such a cool and refreshing dessert and is usually eaten topped with nuts. But when muhalabiya is topped with a layer of amardeen, it is magic! It instantly becomes summer in my house. The silky […]

Tashreeb

Tashreeb is the name given to any dish with broth-soaked bread topped with meat or vegetables. This is because the word “tashreeb” in Arabic means “to soak”, making it a very fitting name! It is a very rustic Iraqi concept that started out as a dish made by the poor who were able to put whatever they had to hand in the stew and then serve it over bread in order to make it filling. Nowadays, it has become a staple in many Iraqi and Middle Eastern households and for good reason; it is absolutely delicious! This dish has many variations and differs from one family to another. This recipe was given to me by my husband’s aunt who was […]

Aish Al-Saraya

Aish Al-Saraya literally translates to the royal court’s bread; basically meaning this dessert is fit for a king! This is no ordinary bread, as it is soaked in simple syrup, topped with cream and bejeweled with pistachios! In case you were wondering how it tastes, it is absolutely delicious! Aish Al-Saraya is a very old and traditional dessert made mainly in the Levant. It is traditionally served warm in a large tray, but more modern recipes serve it cold, which is how I prefer to serve it in the summer. The warm version isn’t as firm as the cold version, but is equally delicious especially during the colder months. I recommend serving them in individual bowls to make it easier […]

Sayadiyah

Serves 4 Growing up, whenever my great aunt would invite us over for lunch, our request was always the same: Sayadiyah! Everyone loved her sayadiyah and til this day, no one makes it as good as her. It doesn’t matter how hard we try and how closely we follow her recipe, it never comes out the same. But alas, I have made my peace with the situation and have managed to make my own tasty version. Sayadiyah is a dish with few ingredients but big flavour. It is mainly made of white fish, rice and onions. Versions of the dish are made in several Middle Eastern countries, but today I am making the Levantine version. The main flavour comes from […]

Baklawa

I doubt there is anyone who isn’t familiar with baklawa, or as most call it, baklava. It has gained popularity all over the world. Variations of this crispy dessert are made in a number of countries, including in the Middle Eastern, Turkey, Greece, Iran, Armenia and even the Balkans. This dessert may look impressive and complicated, but it is honestly one of the easiest and quickest sugary treats out there. The only tip I would give people making it is if you want to use a food processor to chop your nuts, make sure you only pulse them and don’t over chop because you’ll end up with nut butter! Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with different spices, flavourings and fillings. My favourite is […]

Malfouf

Middle Easterners have managed to stuff almost every vegetable you can think of but I think malfouf, or stuffed cabbage, is their most genius creation! Malfouf is my absolute favourite stuffed dish, which is why I made sure to master it and it is now one of the most requested dishes by my family and guests. Various versions of the dish are made across the Middle East, including in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq and Turkey. Like many Middle Eastern dishes, each country, city and family has its own way of making the dish, and today I’ll be making my interpretation of the Levantine version. Malfouf has two meanings in Arabic, “cabbage” and “rolled”, and both words describe the dish perfectly. […]

Tamr hindi, fattoush and kubbeh bil siniyeh

Tamr hindi, a drink that is very popular in Ramadan across the Middle East, is the Arabic word for tamarind which is the main component. This drink reminds me of my hot summer days in Amman, where I’d trek all the way up to a steep hill just to have an ice cold cup of tamr hindi! Funnily enough, the shop I went to was called Ramadan and my family always said, the first cup is to quench your thirst and the second cup is to enjoy! Tamarid is pretty easy to find in slabs that still have the seeds and some of the pods in them, so it is important to run it through a fine sieve after soaking […]

Laymoun o na’na, Sambousa, and Atayef

We’ve been observing Ramadan in the summer for the past few years and if there is anything I’ve learned from fasting in the heat, it’s that we need to stay hydrated. My goal with this Ramadan’s videos is to provide recipes that are hydrating, light and quick to make. Laymoun o na’na Lemon and mint are known to be best buddies and they complement each other perfectly, which is why this drink is always a winner and is made in most Middle Eastern countries. It is refreshing and delicious and doesn’t require many ingredients or planning, so it is great for last minute preparation. If you want to make this very Middle Eastern, add a splash of orange blossom water […]

Maklouba

I honestly don’t know anyone who doesn’t like maklouba. Do you know why? Because you can personalise it to suit any taste. Maklouba is a Palestinian dish whose name comes from the Arabic word meaning “inverted” and if you’ve ever seen maklouba being served, you’d know why. Maklouba is usually served to guests upside down on a serving platter, and if you are confident enough, you can flip it over at the table and give your guests a show! Some say Salahuddin Al-Ayyubi named the dish when he captured Jerusalem and the Jerusalemites served it to him. He loved the dish so much that he wanted to ask about it, and referred to it as the inverted dish. Nowadays, many […]