Grilling. Roasting. Kebab-ing. Not a word, but we’d like it to be. These describe those scrumptious meat + veggie skewered Middle Eastern Dishes. Aside from having a good BBQ grill at home, thrown in an oil spray bottle as well. It’ll help you grill faster. And read on about Middle Eastern food culture and etiquette!
Oil Spray Bottle, Grilling, Humus, And More!
Alright. The sub-title above it a bit of an explosion of seemingly unrelated words. Trust us, they’re more related to each other than you might know. In a previous post, we’ve mentioned about kebabs and how this dish is well-known as one that’s served through grilling. Fire is its best cook and fire is where it started with Ancient Middle East.
Still, there is a whole other list of cuisine and food items they are known for. Take a look at what we have so far:
A distinctly Middle Eastern dip known as Hummus is among the basic food items in Arabic food culture. It’s eaten with pita, another staple in the said culture. Hummus is mainly made of chickpeas and its taste may vary slightly depending on ingredients you prefer to include (according to taste).
Since we’ve mentioned it above, pita can be found in almost every meal. It’s usually paired with any dish, whether in gravy, broth, or simply dry. On the other hand, there are also a handful of dishes where instead of pita, rice is served.
Additionally, just more FYI, you can make pita bread at home! The dough itself uses common ingredients you can find at any local grocery or market. All you’ll need are flour, water, oil, yeast, and salt. Plus, if you’re feeling adventurous, a little honey can be added in the mix.
Other Common Food Items In Mid-East Menus
The Falafel. You may have seen Falafel carts and kiosks near you. And for good reason. Not only is it another common item in Arabic cuisine, it actually has a unique taste that invites you to have more of it! A homemade falafel includes ingredients such as chickpeas (similar to Hummus) and fava beans. These are shaped into “patties” and the dough, once ready, is deep-fried. Other seasonings are ingredients are added to enhance flavor.
Second, we’re going green. The Tabouleh. Most think of it as something similar to a salad. Rightly so, because it’s made of vegetables such as parsley, tomatoes, onions, mint, and bulgur. Furthermore, it can be eaten as a healthy snack alternative since it’s made fresh with fresh ingredients. Simply toss and serve!
For our third pick, you have what is called Fattoush. It’s another salad-type option. We’re talking parsley, tomatoes, onions, mint, sumac, red onion and garlic. Again, it’s up to your taste buds what other seasonings you’d like to add. Although it might sound like this is just another Tabouleh, think again. This mixture should have pita bread pieces that are fried, to add to its taste and texture.