Middle Eastern Cuisine: Lebanese food & Spices.

Middle eastern cuisine is a  mixture of numerous regional Lebanese food from all across the Middle East. It is a cross of several cultures, but each of them has its own unique taste and style of cooking.

Basically, it is a fusion of several food cultures including Arabic, Turkish, Iranian, Iraqi, and Georgian cuisines.

An Overview of Middle Eastern Cuisine

Middle Eastern cuisine varies greatly from person to person, even from region to region. Some people refer to it as Islamic cuisine.

Islamic cuisine is considered to be traditional and middle eastern, using ingredients from plants, grains, roots, and herbs. Such as cumin, coriander, fenugreek, mint, cinnamon, and turmeric.

Middle east cuisine spices

The Branch of Middle Eastern cooking is in the middle east, using ingredients such as dates, garlic, fish, milk, barley, and butter. It is a culinary classic, much like the early Persian and Biblical civilizations.

Other cuisines that have their own unique form of Middle East Lebanese food include Haiti. Which uses rice and plantains, and Yemen, which uses an abundance of fruits, vegetables, meat, and spices.

The Best Foods From the Cuisine of Middle Eastern.

The most popular cuisine of Middle Eastern dishes includes the famous hummus, known for its use of Middle Eastern spices, honey, dates, and olive oil.

Another popular food of Lebanese is that a mix of rice and lentils made with ground almonds, saffron, and fresh dates.

Popular desert food in Middle Eastern cuisine includes tortilla soup called “taaba”. Which is made with chickpeas and flour, and lemon juice. The soup is then topped with chopped tomatoes and/or onions and served with dates.

Hummus

Lebanese cold mezze platter
HUMMUS

It is an appetizing Lebanese food dip, often spread, or hummus, a dish made with roasted, ground chickpeas mixed with lemon juice, tahini, and garlic.

The traditional garnish on the cuisine of the Middle Eastern is usually olive oil, some whole chickpeas, spices, and sometimes paprika. Usually served cold, it has a tangy lemony flavor.

Tabbouleh

Lebanese cold mezze platter
TABBOULEH

It is Parsley Salad is one of the simplest yet delectable salads that can be made at home. This is the most popular salad of middle eastern cuisine (Lebanese).

Prepared with Arabic parsley, mint leaves, burgal wheat, Chopped white onion, tomatoes, and olive oil. Season with lemon juice, and salt.

Stuffed Vine Leaves

Lebanese cold mezze platter
STUFFED VINE LEAVES

Arabic Mix Grilled

MIX GRILL MENU/ Chicken Fatteh Lebanese recipe
MIX GRILLED

One of the most exciting things about Mediterranean cooking over the last few decades has been the development of an entirely new style of Lebanese food.

The Arabic mix grilled is a bunch of grilled meat, which includes lamb, beef, and chicken. The best part is that, which is all the meats marinated with middle east spices, and herbs. It gives a unique flavor and great taste.

Lentil Soup

Lentil soup

Lentil soup has been a popular part of the diet of many people in many countries, and especially in Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries. Specially It is prepared with mashed lentils and some of the vegetable. Seasoning with lemon juice, roasted cumin powder.

So that the nutrients inside the vegetable stay intact, unlike the fiber-rich porridge or other dishes made with porridge. The lentil soup is a popular soup of middle eastern cuisine food.

Cheese Kunafa (Dessert of Middle Eastern cuisine)

Kunafa

A unique Middle Eastern dish, Cheese Kunafa is a spongy, soft dessert cheese that originated in the desert regions of Syria and Egypt.

baklava

baklava middle east cuisine dessert

Many people often wonder which is the most delicious Arabic dessert – Baklava or the tasty Turkish Baklava that fills their mouths.

Well, as a true lover of both deserts I can honestly say that the Turkish one wins the day every single time. To be completely honest, I have eaten many desserts from all over the cuisine of the Middle East.

Stuffed Bell pepper

Middle east cuisine food

It is a delicious and nutritional benefit recipe. Most of the important part is that it is served with steamed couscous. Stuffed Bell-pepper with couscous is my favorite dish and be it always.

Best Spices Used in Middle Eastern Cuisine.

The type of spices used in Middle Eastern cuisine is quite vast. The most commonly used spices include cardamom, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, turmeric, thyme, ginger, garlic, black pepper, paprika, and nutmeg.

These spices are commonly used to add scent and flavor to many foods and beverages throughout the region. And so no matter how different your palate happens to be, the chances are that there will be a spice that will satisfy it.

Middle eastern spice

For instance, cardamom is commonly used to make a wide variety of drinks and also used in desserts to add texture and richness.

DRY LEMON

DRY LEMON

When we talk about the best spices of middle eastern cuisine, most people will automatically think of the dry lemon, which is often the only type of spice people will buy in stores.

This is because the dry lemon spice is so commonly used and people like to use it. The good thing about this kind of spice is that it has a number of health benefits. And is considered a natural remedy for stomach worms, flatulence, nausea, and diarrhea.

KABSA SPICES

KABSA SPICES

Kabsa spices are actually a group of Middle Eastern cuisine spices including a mixture of herbs and ground spices.

The spices of Kabsa include ingredients like crushed pepper, dry lemon, nut meg, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon.

spices

They also contain nutrients and vitamins like Hemoglobin, Thymoquinone, Selenium, N-acetyl muramic acid, L-carnitine, Zinc, Bilberry, and Ginger.

All these ingredients have been used in the Middle East for centuries as ingredients for traditional and home remedies. And nowadays they are also used for culinary purposes.

ORIENTAL SPICES

One of the best ways to enhance the taste of your food is by using Oriental spices. Especially. the oriental spices used by the cuisine of Indian, and the middle eastern.

Spices are a form of aromatic plant material that is used to flavor food. Most commonly, spices are used to add flavor to foods. 

It is a mixture of cardamom, white pepper, star anise, fennel seed, clove, ginger powder, garlic powder, and Sichuan pepper. The use of spices in cooking began with the ancient cultures of the cuisine of the Middle Eastern and India.

These cultures valued the taste and scent of various types of herbs and plants. They also used these same spices to flavor their foods and to add healthful benefits.

A number of spices and ingredients are used in Middle Eastern cuisine and they include olive oils, dates, legumes (especially black beans), spices, chili peppers, walnuts, and olive oil.