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    Middle Eastern Recipes

    Passing, passing, the blossom gives way to the fruit; both are necessary. One passes into another. Bread exists to be broken to sustain its purpose. The grape on the vine is wine in the making. Crush it and it becomes alive. ~ Rumi
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    Found this recipe while looking for an Iraqi chicken and potatoes dish requested in the NA/ME forum. (From chicken to cookies, yes my mind wanders.) Saw this and thought it would be a great addition to 'Zaar for all my cardamom loving friends. The original recipe is from "The World of Jewish Cooking." Posting for some future ZWT.

    Recipe #187849

    Adapted from the oh-so-useful The Healthy Kitchen cookbook by Andrew Weil and Rosie Daley, which especially focuses on the healthy Mediterranean cuisine. I omit or reduce the olives (too much sodium), reduce the cheese (same reason) and omit the extra salt. People who don't have to watch their blood pressure probably don't have to follow these restrictions. I do use plenty of pepper. I also add a bit of minced bell pepper (any color, because I love it). Sometimes I add oregano, basil or rosemary. It's a great lunch stuffed into a whole wheat pita. The passive "cooking" time is actually the chilling time. P.S. The original recipe only has 1 clove garlic.

    Recipe #184706

    I adapted this recipe given to me by a Lebanese friend. The amounts shown are only suggestions - adjust them to suit your taste. I did not include lettuce or mixed greens in the ingredient list - sometimes I make the salad with them and sometimes without them. When I don't have fresh mint leaves, I tear open a teabag (of organic peppermint tea) and use part of the contents. Re the sumac: it is a characteristic spice but is sour, so start with a small amount to see if you like it.

    Recipe #188650

    Fritters are very popular in the Middle East. They are eaten hot or at room temperature as a vegetable side dish or a meze. It couldn’t be simpler to make, but you can dress it up with optional garnishes of black olives, tomatoes, or hard-boiled egg. The perfect use for small, sweet new zucchini. Serve alone or with a creamy garlic-lemon yogurt sauce for a perfect complement to any spicy or grilled foods that call for a cooling accompaniment.

    Recipe #127269

    This dish is sweet and peppery, delicious served with basic pilaf. The original recipe called for whole quail, yet they are hard to come by!! So here it is with chicken. I have only made this with fillets, but chicken pieces with bones would work equally well, even better perhaps.

    Recipe #185994

    Wonderful flavors! Great for a barbeque, picnic, or party! Adapted from Food Network Special, courtesy of Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh. They won the competition and now have their own show!

    Recipe #185976

    6 Reviews |  By Elmotoo

    Although the vibrant pink color of this Middle Eastern dip is startling, the flavor is superb. There are many versions. Sometimes the beets are puréed and blended into the yogurt; other times, they are simply sliced or cubed; still other times, a little tahini is blended in for a deeper, richer flavor. In this recipe, the beets are simply grated with the shredding disk of a food processor, then folded into thick, creamy yogurt. Serve as a dip or an accompaniment to fish. Cook time includes chilling time.

    Recipe #185756

    I saw this in a magazine and tore it out but don't remember what magazine. Was in a doctor's office. I'll post the ingredients as they were written but I made a couple of changes when I made it. For the jalapeno and tomato.. I used a 10 oz can of Rotel which I drained. I added some canned Manderin Orange slices at the end. I also added a couple of tablespoons of ginger syrup (recipe #123111). The end result was outstanding. I served it with shrimp scampi.

    Recipe #183719

    An Iranian omelet made with greens. May be halved. If you just slice the lettuce thinly, it can then be pulled apart into strips.

    Recipe #184430

    Different from the "cookies" we are used to making. Seems like a bit of work, but my neighbor makes them and they are yummy!

    Recipe #184339

    THIS is the recipe that shocked me!! In any normal flipping through a magazine or cookbook, I would have passed the recipe by without a second thought. BUT, I LOVED IT!!! Serve this with the Spicy Tomato Sauce that is also in this cookbook. Just a wonderful appetizer. A bit lengthy....yet worth the oooohhs and aaahhhhs!!! **NOTE: Rolls can be assembled (but not coated or cut) 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. They can also be assembled and cut (but not coated or baked) 2 weeks ahead and frozen, wrapped well in plastic wrap. Cut frozen rolls, then bake (do not thaw) in a preheated 350ºF oven for about 20 min.

    Recipe #182157

    Posted for Zaar World Tour 2005. Try whole wheat couscous for nutritional boost. Can be used to top polenta or pasta. Quick and easy and very low-fat. Saffron is very good but very expensive and some grocery stores only sell it from behind a counter. From Vegetarian Times Cooks Mediterranean. Have not made this yet.

    Recipe #135077

    Another delectable entry for the Zaar World Tour from the enticing World Vegetarian Cookbook by Madhur Jaffrey. This is simple enough to prepare midweek and comforting as the first cold air of fall arrives.

    Recipe #140836

    I had this marvelous dish in a Mediterranean Cafe. The fragrance is wonderful and the taste sublime. There has been quite a bit of discussion on this recipe. I would like to clarify that I have had this dish only twice at one restaurant and that I have never actually made the dish. I enjoyed it so much I searched and found this recipe online, it is not original by me. I do not find the one star review helpful. That it doesn't taste like grandma's does not mean it is a bad recipe. As for the use of Garlic, I know nothing of regional Iranian dishes, but I love garlic in most anything!

    Recipe #91809

    Doesn't sound like much but these are very tasty. Kids like it because they can eat it with their fingers. My maid, in Iran, taught me to make this.

    Recipe #25718

    3 Reviews |  By Mirj

    I got this from my friend Debbie Yakobian, who will always make these for me if I ask her nicely.

    Recipe #13180

    It is a very simple yet decadent dessert. Traditionally, fet-ta is made with Yemeni flat breads like Qamata or Khubz, but tortillas can be used. Before making fet-ta, warm the tortillas directly on the the gas burner. This recipe calls for Semn, which is also known as ghee. You can substitute it for melted butter, but flavor will be different. Ingredients aren't exact.

    Recipe #137502

    A passed-down family recipe. Serve over my Orzo Pilaf, or rice. Add some hummus and taboleh, and bring on the belly dancers!

    Recipe #65836

    5 Reviews |  By Sue Lau

    A lovely, healthy, Persian dish, which can easily be made with cuts of beef. Try it in place of your usual stew some evening! :)

    Recipe #28142

    4 Reviews |  By Babulee

    This is one of my favourite eggplant dishes. My mom made this but not too often since it does have a bit of oil. It is very easy to make too, so enjoy!

    Recipe #103688

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