Molokhia, or jute leaf stew (Jordan)

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Kugel, or sweet noodle casserole (Jewish)

Tweet Judaism has a country, kind of – there are slightly more Jews living outside of Israel than in there – but Israeli cuisine is not the same as Jewish cuisine. The latter of course has geographical differences and some Jewish specialties only exist in one area. Judaism is considered a religion, but it’s also […]

Cucumber tomato salad with sumac (Iraq)

Tweet Iraq is a large country in Middle East, with about 36 million inhabitants, most of them Muslims. Almost 10 million live in the capital of Baghdad. Iraq contains the region of Ancient Mesopotamia, often considered the birthplace of human civilization. The population has been estimated as 30 million already in year 800! These days […]

Saffron tea (Kuwait)

Tweet Kuwait is a very small Arab country located by the Persian Gulf. The earliest evidence of sailing has been found in Kuwait and for decades it was known as a center of boat construction. It used to be a major location for trade and has one of the biggest oil reserves in the world, […]

Charoset, or dried fruit and nut sweets with spices (Yemen)

Tweet Yemen is a fairly large country located in the very Southwest of the Arabian Peninsula, very close to Africa. Until 1990 it used to be two separate countries, North Yemen and South Yemen. The territory also includes over 200 islands, many of them volcanic, including the Socotra archipelago whose biodiversity has made it a […]

Loubieh bizeit bil kizbara, or green beans with cilantro and garlic (Lebanon)

Tweet Lebanon is a small country in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean sea. Despite the small size of the country, it has four distinct physiographic regions: the coastal plain, the Lebanon mountain range, the Beqaa valley and the Anti-Lebanon mountains. The country has a long, rich history, but has also suffered tragedies, like a […]

‘Ataif, or sweet pancake pockets stuffed with walnuts (Palestine)

Tweet Palestine. What can one say about Palestine without opening a can of worms? Probably nothing, seeing as a large part of the world’s countries don’t recognize the independence of this Middle Eastern state. Besides the current, contested area (which refers to two separate geographical areas, West Bank and the Gaza Strip, inside of Israel, […]

Muhammara, or roasted red pepper and walnut dip (Syria)

Tweet Syria is an Arabic country in the Mediterranean part of Middle East. Its capital city Damascus is considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Its largest city, however, is Aleppo, which also contains a old town that has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. Aleppo is also one […]

Mujaddara, or lentils and rice with caramelized onion (Egypt)

Tweet Mujaddara is eaten in several Middle-Eastern, Mediterranean and North-African countries. A funny fact is that in some countries it’s known as “megadarra”, which in colloquial Finnish would translate to a massive hangover! Other spellings include moujadara, mujadhara, mujadarra, moukentra, moujendra, mejadra and mudardara. Mujaddara couldn’t really be simpler: it’s just rice, lentils, onion and […]

Ash-e anar, split pea and pomegranate soup (Persia)

Tweet Persian (or Iranian) dishes often feature fruits, either fresh and dried, spices and herbs, which suits me great. I’m a big fan of pomegranate, so ash-e anar found its way to my browser’s bookmarks as soon as I first heard about it. It is a split pea soup with herbs and pomegranate molasses (or […]