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Kibbeh Labanieh (Meat Croquettes in Yoghurt)!

Kibbeh Labanieh Meat Croquettes in Yoghurt Kibbeh Labanieh is like most other Kibbeh dishes, this is a recipe involving a delicate mixture of Habra (lean meat paste) and burgher wheat. The Kibbeh torpedoes or balls are boiled in yoghurt. Boiled yoghurt is common in the Middle East, it is done to create Shakriyeh and Sheikh al-Mahshi, and of course there is […] Continue reading

Kibbeh Bil Saniyyeh (Layered Meat Pie)

Kibbeh Bil Saniyyeh-Layered-Meat Pie Kibbeh Bil Saniyyeh means ‘kibbeh in a tray’ and is one of the easiest kibbeh dishes to make, yet full of kibbeh's delicious nutty flavour. In the Middle East, it is served as a main meal with lentil soup or it’s eaten with Arabic flatbread and a salad, the kibbeh pie then being garnished with […] Continue reading

Habra (Lean Meat Paste for Kibbeh)

Habra (Lean Meat Paste for Kibbeh) The base of all nearly all kibbeh recipes is Habra, a fat-free meat paste. Traditionally Habra is made using the mortar and pestle, a time consuming process, so sometimes all women of a family or village would work together in making a large batch. Nowadays Habra can easily be made at home using a food-processor Continue reading

Stuffed courgette yoghurt stew recipe (Sheikh al-Mahshi)

Sheikh al-Mahshi stuffed courgette Courgettes (also known as zucchini, baby marrow, or baby squash) are beautifully tender vegetables with a fresh, delicate flavour. For this recipe you will want to use the small, slightly bulbous, pale green variety often sold as Lebanese courgette, or Mexican grey zucchini in the US. Look for firm, heavy-feeling courgettes with unblemished bright and glossy skins. In this stuffed […] Continue reading

Shakriyeh (yoghurt stew recipe)

Shakriyeh yoghurt stew The people of the Middle East love their yoghurt. A bowl of yoghurt is often on the table as a side dish at dinner, and at breakfast and supper labaneh yoghurt cheese is never missing. Shakriyeh is a dish in which the yoghurt is boiled with meat to make a tasty yoghurt stew. To Westerners […] Continue reading

Stuffed Courgette (Kousa Mahshi)

Stuffed-courgette-recipe-Kousa mahshi Courgettes (known as zucchini to Italians and Americans) are beautifully tender vegetables with a fresh, delicate flavour. Courgettes are usually marrows harvested at a young age, although the mature fruit of certain varieties of squash may also be sold as courgettes. For this recipe you will want to use the small, slightly bulbous, pale green […] Continue reading

Stuffed cabbage rolls recipe (Malfouf Mahshi)

Stuffed cabbage rolls Stuffed cabbage rolls make a delicious dish for the colder months! In the Middle East they are often eaten garnished with pomegranate molasses, with some roast meat on the side. Some people like to eat them as they are; others like them with Arabic flatbread or sliced potatoes. In some houses this recipe is prepared […] Continue reading

Yabrak (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Yabrak stuffed grape leave This stuffed grape leaves recipe is, unlike its vegetarian sister Yalanji, a main dish. In the Levant it is commonly consumed with Arabic flatbread and yoghurt. Because stuffing is time consuming, many household prepare Yabrak together with other stuffed vegetable dishes, such as stuffed courgette or stuffed cabbage. It is not uncommon then to have these stuffed Middle […] Continue reading

Maldoum (aubergine and tomato bake)

Maldoum  Maldoum is a recipe from the north Syrian city of Aleppo. Spiced minced meat patties are alternated with slices of aubergine and tomato, and then baked in the oven to let all flavours come together – delicious!  As with all traditional dishes, recipes may differ from house to house, each family creating slightly different flavours. […] Continue reading