Category MIddle-East

Pork in sweet and sour sauce

Cultural background Maria Seppälä, 31 year-old, mother of two, from Philippines. Maria was born in Manila, the capital of the said country. For over 1,78 million people living in Manila, food is the main necessity. “In Philippines we eat three… Continue Reading →

Mantu

Cultrural background Afghan MANTU is perhaps the most popular dish from Afghanistan. It is a meat (Beef/Lamb) stuffed dumpling that is steamed in a multilayer steamer. Mantu is served on special occasions and large gatherings.  In Afghanistan, cooked MANTU is… Continue Reading →

Nargesi Esfenaj – Iran Spinach with Eggs

Cultural background for Iran Climate varies. In the northwest there is heavy snowfall and subfreezing temperatures while the winters are mild in the south. Summertime are hot and dry Earthquakes are frequent in Iran. Land: Iran is one of the… Continue Reading →

Lahma-bi-ageen – Syrian meat pizzas

Cultural background Population 18,389,000 people Damascus is the capital of Syria. It is the oldest continuously lived-in city in the whole world. Most people in Syria are Muslim. A few are Jewish or Christian. People in Syria speak Arabic, Armenian,… Continue Reading →

Loobia Polow – Rice with Green Beans

Cultural background –    Climate varies. In the northwest there is heavy snowfall and subfreezing temperatures while the winters are mild in the south. Summertime are hot and dry Earthquakes are frequent in Iran. Land: Iran is one of the most mountainous… Continue Reading →

Kheer (Pakistani Rice Pudding)

Cultural background Kheer or Firni is a pudding made by boiling milk and sugar with one of the following: rice, broken wheat, tapioca, vermicelli, or sweet corn. It is flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios, almonds or other dry… Continue Reading →

Maamoul cookies

Cultural background Maamoul are an ancient cookie from the Arab world. They are very popular in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine. Ma’amoul means “stuffed” in Arabic. These flavorful cookies can be stuffed with a number of different fillings such… Continue Reading →

Baba Ganoush

Cultural background The Oxford English Dictionary defines “baba ganoush” as “a Middle Eastern (originally Lebanese) dish of puréed roasted aubergine, garlic, and tahini.” Often other ingredients are added, like mint, onions, and various spices. It is a typical meze (‘starter’)… Continue Reading →

Shahi Chicken

Cultural background Shahi Chicken korma originated in 16th century with an experiment of Rajput cooks under the supervision of Mir Bakawal (chief cook) in the royal kitchen of Akbar (Mughal Emperor from 1542 to 1605). In Mughal era Shahi Chicken… Continue Reading →

Chicken karahi

Cultural background  Biryani is derived from the Farsi word ‘Birian’. Based on the name, and cooking style (Dum), one can conclude that the dish originated in Persia and/or Arabia. It could have come from Persia via Afghanistan to North India…. Continue Reading →

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