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

Tabbouleh (tangy parsley salad)

Tabbouleh-salad-recipe Tabbouleh parsley salad is a common side dish in Middle East. Its spicy and tangy flavour goes well with meat dishes, particularly grilled and barbequed meats, and is also delicious with grilled cheese recipes. The dish is normally also served as part of a mazza. Authentic Tabbouleh contains about three quarters of parsley and one […] 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

Makdous Recipe (Stuffed Preserved Aubergine)

Makdous Makdous is a staple in the kitchens of Syria and Lebanon and widely known throughout the Middle East. It is normally eaten with Arabic flatbread as part of the breakfast or supper, or as a snack. You may find that makdous makes a tasty sandwich with labaneh yoghurt cheese, and that it is a delicious […] Continue reading

Yalanji (Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Yalanji Recipe Stuffed grape leaves are loved throughout the Middle East and beyond, and are consumed from Greece and Turkey up to Middle Asia. You may know these little treats by the name Dolma, which is Turkish for ‘stuffed’. Hence Dolma can actually refer to any stuffed vegetable. Yalanji is a vegetarian variation of the dish and […] 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