Spinach and meat stew

Lebanese comfort food at its best aka yakhnet el-sabanekh! Just fresh spinach, a touch of meat, and a dose of cilantro pesto or garlic to liven things up a bit. In Beirut, it would take a while to clean the spinach, as all veggies come practically dug-up fresh from the...
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Coleslaw (Sambhara)

This is not a Lebanese recipe, it is actually Indian, from Gujarat. I am happily exploring the cuisines of the rest of Asia, especially Iran, Afghanistan, and India these days. I loved its name, sambhara. The recipe is from Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery book (slightly adapted). I loved this way of...
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Basil pesto

I have this potted basil on my balcony, here in Austin; of course, I had to make pesto. So here it is. It is hard to find an easier recipe. In Italy, people use parmesan. In Nice (France), they use it for soup but don’t bother with parmesan. At least...
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Lebanese sandwich (‘arouss)

In the US, pita bread is usually small and thick, about 8 inches in width; here in Lebanon, pita bread (called Arabic bread) comes in two sizes (even cocktail size, two inches in width) but the vast majority of people buy it in the large size. The bag of pitas...
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Potato fritters

A recipe by one of my favorite Lebanese chefs, Marlene Mattar; she (lucky her!) visited Aleppo, in Syria and created a cookbook based on her travels there. Slightly adapted.



Fava beans salad in cilantro sauce

When it is fava bean (aka fuul ) season, folks start selling them in their food carts on the side of the road, piled high in their bright green husks. If these fava beans have been picked young, they can be cooked with the outside tender husk, which eliminates having to shell them one...
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Chickpea in yogurt sauce (Fattet al-hummus)

  This rustic and easy-to-fix dish is very traditional and especially prevalent in Syria (Damascus) where they have perfected it. It is called fatteh from the verb fatfat (to break apart), meaning bread torn apart. The fattoush salad’s name has the same origin, as it is a bread salad with Arabic bread...
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Enchiladas with green sauce

Now that I am back in Texas, I am able to enjoy Mexican food and Mexican products, something that I really missed living in Lebanon for the last ten years. One of my favorite Mexican dishes is enchiladas with salsa verde (green sauce). I checked a few Mexican chefs online...
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Kibbeh pie stuffed with cheese and muhammara

This kibbeh came about when I retrieved a pot of muhammara from the freezer and was wondering what to do with it. I wanted to make some kibbeh with the meat I had, but did not want to fuss with making balls (too time-consuming); so I came-up with kibbeh sajiyeh...
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