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Cuisine you cannot afford to miss in the Arab world!

Continuing with my foodie posts is the latest one on Arabic food. Irony or not, despite living in this part of the world for years on end, I hadn’t had any introduction with Arabic food before this trip. But this trip has been different.

Below you would find some of the dishes (vegetarian) which you shouldn’t miss in this part of the world : –

Chicken Shwarma – The only non – veg dish in the list,  it consists of lean meat which is wrapped in pita bread or khubz. BEST OF ALL!

Hummus – It is an Arabic dip or we can call it like a viscous dish made out of chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, garlic and a few other ingredients. It’s not the main dish but tastes good when eaten along with most of the Arabic dishes which I will talk about. Interesting taste!

Khubz – It is the Arabic bread which is given cold in some places and is also available in markets as such. While in many restaurants, its heated and served. In some one also gets the kind we call ‘Naan’ in India. Awesome and filling!

Fatoush – It is a kind of salad where pita bread (pieces of Khubz) are mixed with fresh vegetables. Pita bread pieces make it lovely!

Fatayer – It is a kind of pastry which has fillings of spinach, cheese, labneh (Lebanese cream cheese made from yoghurt) or sometimes even meat. Something like pizza style! GOOD!

Falafil – It is a ball of patty made from peas or beans and served in khubz. One can call it as a kind of Arabic sandwich. It is eaten like a snack similar to the traditional Indian vada pav. Awesome! 

Khusheri – It is Egypt’s national dish but eaten at many places across the Gulf. Made out of rice, lentils, macroni, chickpeas, garlic and vinegar, it is regarded by many as the Arabic answer to pasta. Something to watch out for!

These are some of the vegetarian dishes I have discussed about. I am sure there must be a lot many delightful items for the non – vegetarians.

Rest for later!

So are you interested to head to the Arab world after reading this post? 😛


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  1. Saurabh Mishra

    Seems mouth-watering 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Mini

    Have had all of this :-). Yummy yummy na 🙂

  3. Looks tempting..

  4. Sruthi

    I love this article on Arabic food. Very informative in a short n crisp way n a great guide to those who are new to Arabic cuisines.

    • aseemrastogi2

      honoured to see your comment 😛 but on a serious note, you should seriously try out this cuisine when you come to this part of the world

  5. reem

    im lebanese and love this food its da best

    • aseemrastogi2

      Oh its really amazing. Though I still feel I haven’t had a lot of Arabic food as yet. Any other good suggestions :)?

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