Tag Archives: traditional dish

Lying tabbouleh (Tabbuleh kezzabeh)

A very talented photographer I met on a job location was telling me about a tabbouleh called lying tabbouleh ( kezzabeh) ;  his grandmother had made it and its remarkable feature is the fact that it does not contain tomatoes. I scrambled for other sources that would mention this tabbouleh;  I found it in Lebanese celebrity chef […]

Kibbeh roll, Aleppo-style (Mabroomeh)

This kibbeh roll, made like a jelly roll cake, is a creation of Aleppo cooks. It is a lot easier and faster to make than kibbeh balls. Two pounds of kibbeh paste will yield three long rolls, of which one or two can be frozen.  The original recipes usually call for stuffing the roll with […]

Stuffed cabbage rolls

One of these dishes that taste better than it looks. What makes this dish so delightful is the tender leaves cooked in a lemony and garlicky broth. Learned a new tip: Prior to lining the pot with the rolled leaves,pour 1/3 cup of olive oil, three tablespooons of  mashed garlic and three tablespoons of dry […]


Manti or mante is a traditional Armenian dish; the closest Lebanese or Syrian equivalent to manti is shish barak, yet they are definitely not the same! To make manti, you need the patience of an angel or (in my case) willing helpers; there were four of us filling these tiny little boats of dough with […]

Sweet roll (Kaak alleeta)

This sweet bread called alleeta is one of these old-fashioned treats that are resurfacing in some Beirut bakeries; my aunt recalls how there was always a street cart vendor selling them to kids after school. I did not have a recipe initially, but luckily found it on Facebook through Bass Semaan‘s wall.  INGREDIENTS: makes a dozen, […]