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How to make Mujadara

Mujadara is the most delicious vegan recipe in Lebanon and the Middle East. Mujadara, also known as Lebanese rice, is a delightful, hearty, and easy-to-cook dish. It is a healthy recipe and contains essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, to improve your health. Today’s article will give you a list of ingredients and the process of making Mujadara. Read on!


  • For the rice and lentils, you will need
    • 1 ½ cups of green or brown lentils
    • One cup of basmati rice
    • Six cups of water or vegetable broth
    • Two tablespoons of olive oil
    • One tablespoon of cumin seeds
    • Two tablespoons of coriander seeds
    • Two teaspoons of salt
    • One teaspoon of ground cinnamon
    • 1 ½ teaspoon of allspice seeds
    • ½ teaspoon of ground turmeric
    • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • For caramelized onions, you will need
    • ¼ cup of all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup of vegetable or olive oil
    • Three peeled and sliced sweet onions


  1. Use a large pot and add allspices and olive or vegetable oil
  2. Cook the spices for 3-5 minutes
  3. Put into the pot the dried lentils and water or vegetable broth
  4. Cover the pot and cook the lentils on a low heat for 15-20 minutes
  5. Stir the dried rice and cook for another 20 minutes
  6. Set a large cooking pan over a medium heat
  7. Add some oil to the pan
  8. Toss the sliced onions in the pan and add some flour
  9. Add the onions to the oil once the oil is hot
  10. Stir and cook the onions to ensure they are soft with crispy edges
  11. Cook them for about 15-20 minutes
  12. Once you have cooked the rice, move the lentils and rice to the serving bowl
  13. Top the rice and lentils with the caramelized onions
  14. Sprinkle Mujadara with lemon wedges and chopped cilantro
  15. Enjoy the dish with your family and friends

How to make Baba Ghanoush

Baba Ghanoush is one of the most delicious and signature food items in Lebanon and other countries in the Middle East. It contains lots of garlic, lemon seasoning, and tahini enrichment, making it smoky, savory, and creamy.

You will love the mouthwatering taste of baba ghanoush. The dish is available in almost all restaurants in Lebanon. However, today’s article will give you a list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions to make baba ghanoush at home. So, let us get started!


  • Two pounds of eggplant
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice
  • ¼ cup of sesame tahini
  • Two tablespoons of low-fat yogurt
  • Two cloves of garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Chopped parsley leaves
  • Salt to taste


  1. Pierce the eggplants using a fork
  2. Place the eggplants over the hot charcoal grill
  3. Turn the eggplants regularly
  4. Ensure the eggplants are black and soft
  5. Use a gas stove if you don’t have a charcoal grill
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  7. Cover the stove with foil
  8. Now, turn on your oven fan and roast the eggplants
  9. Place the eggplants in a colander in the sink
  10. Cool down the eggplants and drain
  11. Peel the black skins and cut off the stems
  12. Ensure the eggplants sit in the colander for 30 minutes
  13. Puree them in the food processor using a steel blade
  14. Add the tahini, yogurt, and lemon juice
  15. Use a pestle and mortar to pound the garlic and make a paste
  16. Mound the puree on a platter or in the bowl
  17. Drizzle the eggplants with olive oil
  18. Sprinkle the dish with parsley
  19. Serve Baba Ghanoush with fresh pita bread
  20. Enjoy the dish your family or friends

How to make Foul, Balila, Mssabaha – Beans & Chickpeas

Foul, Balila, or Mssabaha, is one of the most popular dishes in Lebanon. Most people eat Foul for breakfast. However, you can also eat it for brunch or lunch. The dish originated in Egypt and spread throughout other countries in the Middle East.

Although each country has its own way of making fouls, nothing matches the deliciousness of beans and chickpeas in Lebanon. So, whether you are a local or tourist, you will find this dish in almost all breakfast establishments across Lebanon. In addition, it is a healthy dish rich in essential nutrients.

These include carbohydrates, proteins, saturated fat, potassium, fiber, sodium, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and antioxidants. So, Foul is delicious, but at the same time, it improves your overall health and increases your energy levels. Here is the list of ingredients and the step-by-step instructions to make Foul. Read on!


  • Three 14-ounce canned fava beans
  • One 15-ounce canned chickpeas
  • Five clove garlic
  • One lemon
  • Two tablespoons of tahini paste
  • One teaspoon of ground cumin
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • ½ bunch of parsley
  • One tomato
  • Olive Oil as needed


  1. Put fava beans in a large pot.
  2. Wash, drain and rinse chickpeas
  3. Add chickpeas to the pot with fava beans
  4. Cook for ten minutes at a medium temperature
  5. Crush the garlic clove and add a half teaspoon of salt and lemon juice
  6. Put the cooked fava beans and chickpeas into a bowl
  7. Mash the fava beans and chickpeas using a mortar
  8. Make sure these two items are about ½ and ¾ of the mashed mixture
  9. Add cumin, tahini paste, salt, lemon juice, and crushed garlic
  10. Mix these ingredients and then add ½ teaspoon of hot pepper or cayenne pepper
  11. Chop the parsley leaves and tomatoes and then set them aside for serving
  12. Sprinkle chopped tomatoes and parsley on the foul
  13. Drizzle the dish with olive oil
  14. Serve the delicious foul to your family and friends

How to make Kibbeh – Spiced Meat Balls

The Kibbeh is one of the most delicious foods in Lebanon. Most people eat this dish for dinner. However, you can also eat it for lunch. The Kibbeh dough contains bulgur and finely ground meat.

The recipe requires you to shape the dough into oval balls and stuff it with chopped onions and ground meat. Making Kibbeh is not easy because it requires careful preparation. Here is the list of ingredients and the step-by-step instructions to make spiced meatballs. Read on!


  • To make Kibbeh Mixture, you will need
    • 5 cups of refined bulgur wheat
    • ½ cup of water
    • ½ cup of mint or basil
    • One quartered onion
    • ¼ cup of spices
    • One tablespoon of salt
    • One pound of lean ground beef
    • Two teaspoons of seven spices
  • For Hashweh filling, you will need
    • Two tablespoons of olive oil
    • One pound of lean ground beef
    • One teaspoon of salt
    • One tablespoon of seven spices
    • ¼ cup of pine nuts
    • One diced onion


  1. Heat the olive oil and add the onions and beef
  2. Cook the beef until it gets browned for 10-15 minutes
  3. Season the beef with salt and seven spices
  4. Fold the beef in the pine nuts
  5. Add bulgur wheat to a large bowl and put some water in it
  6. Set aside for 10-15 minutes to ensure the wheat has absorbed the water
  7. Add bulgur to the food processor with basil, onion, spices, and salt
  8. Blend thoroughly to combine all the ingredients
  9. Add lean ground beef to the processor and blend until well combined
  10. Put the lean beef with the remaining seven spices and salt in the processor
  11. Blend again to make the meat paste, and then divide the mixture in half
  12. Scoop three tablespoons of the Kibbeh
  13. Add two tablespoons of the kibbeh mixture into the shell and then close it to shape into a ball using your hands
  14. Place the meatball on the tray and repeat the process
  15. Deep fry the meatballs in the oil
  16. Deep fry in batches of 8-10 meatballs
  17. Ensure the balls get crispy and brown
  18. Remove the meatballs from the oil using a slotted spoon
  19. Place the meatball on a place with a paper towel
  20. Serve the mouthwatering Kibbeh balls with yogurt and cucumber sauce

How to make Lebanese Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

The Lebanese cucumber yogurt sauce is one of the healthiest recipes because it is rich in essential nutrients, including proteins and vitamins. The sauce can improve your immune system, strengthen the digestive system, maintain cardiovascular health, and help you lose weight.

Besides, this traditional sauce is creamy and perfect for drizzling or dipping over Kabobs or Kibbeh and grilled meats. The best thing about this recipe is that you can make it within a few minutes. It is fresh, delicious, and healthy, thanks to the addition of mint.

Most people in Lebanon make this sauce to serve with Kibbeh, the most delicious and staple food in the country. You can also pair the Lebanese cucumber yogurt sauce with other dishes, such as mujadara, chicken, grilled meat, grilled eggplant, and grilled Gyro. Today’s article will list the ingredients and give you step-by-step instructions to make the Lebanese cucumber yogurt sauce. Read on!


  • 30-35 ounces of low-fat or plain yogurt
  • ½ cup of water
  • One tablespoon of mint
    • Make sure you use dry mint
  • Four Persian cucumbers
    • Chop the cucumbers
  • Four grated or pressed garlic cloves
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil for taste and drizzling


  1. Use a large bowl to mix water and yogurt
  2. Use a fork or whisk to combine water and yogurt thoroughly
  3. Now, add mint, garlic, cucumbers, and salt
  4. Stir again to mix the ingredients thoroughly
  5. Tate the sauce and adjust with seasonings
  6. Add a few more tablespoons of water if you want to thin out the sauce
  7. Use extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  8. Place the sauce in the refrigerator
  9. After a few hours, take out the sauce
  10. Serve cold with Kabobs or Kibbeh to your friends and family

How to make Lebanese Lentil Soup

Lebanese lentil soup is a traditional recipe and easy to make without much effort. The soup is full of flavours and contains essential nutrients to improve your health, maintain metabolism, and boost the homeostatic system.

It requires no more than 10-12 ingredients and takes five minutes to prepare. The lentil soup is low in calories and rich in folate, proteins, and iron. Today’s article will give you the list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions to make the Lebanese lentil soup at home. Read on!


  • 2 ½ cups of red lentil
  • One medium cubed onion
  • One large cubed and peeled carrot
  • One small golden potato
  • One teaspoon of cumin powder
  • Two teaspoons of fine black pepper
  • One tablespoon of salt
  • ½ tablespoon of seven spices
  • Two tablespoons of fresh and chopped parsley
  • 12 cups of water
  • Three whole lemons
  • Fried pita bread


  1. Wash lentils and place them in a large pot
  2. Put the onions, potatoes, and carrots into the pot
  3. Add water to fill the pot
  4. Add at least 12 cups of water
  5. Boil the ingredients for 40-50 minutes
  6. Ensure lentils are soft and tender
  7. Turn off or lower the heat
  8. Set aside the soup for 10-15 minutes
  9. Drain excess water and set aside it to add later if required
  10. Use a hand mixer to blend the soup
  11. Keep mixing the soul until it becomes creamy
  12. Return to the pot and put the spice mixture, salt, and parsley
  13. Bring to boil and simmer at low temperature for 15 minutes
  14. Remove from the heat and put into it some lemon juice
  15. Set aside the soup for a few minutes to cool down
  16. Serve with fried pita to your family and friends

How to make Falafel – Deep-Fried Chickpeas or Fava Beans Balls & Patties

Falafel is a classic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern recipe. Most people enjoy this dish as street food. However, families also enjoy Falafel for lunches and dinners during their get-togethers on special occasions.

Falafels are delicious balls of herbs, chickpeas, and other vegetables. It is one of the best vegan dishes in Lebanon and improves your health. Falafels are excellent in sandwiches, pitas, wraps, and salads. Today’s article will give you the list of ingredients and the step-by-step process of making Falafel. Read on!


  • Two cups of dried chickpeas
  • One cup of chopped onion
  • Two cups of chopped parsley
  • Two cups of cilantro
  • Two green chili peppers
  • Six clove garlic
  • Two teaspoons of cumin
  • Two teaspoons of salt
  • One teaspoon of cardamon
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • Four tablespoons of chickpea flour
  • One teaspoon of baking soda
  • Avocado Oil


  1. Soak the dried chickpeas in the water overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas
  3. Add chickpeas to the food processor
  4. Put the onion, pepper, cilantro, parsley, salt, cumin, and cardamom
  5. Blend these ingredients to ensure the mixture has a texture of coarse sand
  6. Add the Falafel mixture to the bowl
  7. Put the baking soda and chickpea flour into the bowl
  8. Stir the mixture together and add a lid to the bowl
  9. Place the mixture in the fridge for 40-60 minutes
  10. Make Falafel balls or patties using your hands or an ice scoop
  11. Add some lemon juice or water if the balls are too dry
  12. Deep fry the ball in about three inches of oil on a medium heat
  13. Cook the balls in batches
  14. Ensure the balls are golden brown
  15. Serve the balls warm and crispy to your friends and family with tahini sauce

How to make Lahm Bi Ajin – Lebanese Meat Pizza

Lahm bi Ajin, also known as Sfeeha, is one of the most delicious foods in Lebanon. You can find Lebanese meat pizza in various restaurants across the country. The tasty baked flatbread with tangy meat and spicy toppings will satisfy your taste buds and give you a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.

Lahm bi Ajin is popular in the Middle East and Turkey. If you want to make this dish at your home, this article is for you. Here is the list of ingredients and the step-by-step instructions to make Lahm bi Ajin. Read on!


  • To make meat toppings, you will need ingredients:
    • One pound of ground, lean beef
    • One finely chopped red onion
    • One finely chopped tomato
    • ¾ cup of pine nuts
    • Two tablespoons of pomegranate molasses
    • One teaspoon of lemon juice
    • ½ cup of parsley leaves (Make sure they are finely chopped)
    • Two teaspoons of salt
    • Two teaspoons of seven spices
    • ½ teaspoon of chili powder
  • To make the dough, you will need
    • Six cups of flour
    • ½ teaspoon of yeast
    • Two teaspoons of salt


  1. To make the dough: use ½ cup of warm water to melt the yeast
  2. Add some sugar to the warm water to streamline the dough making process
  3. Add all ingredients to the food processor and let the machine knead it
  4. Set aside the dough for 15 to 20 minutes and prepare the meat fillings
  5. Preheat the over to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  6. Prepare the dough into 8-10 inches in diameter with a thickness of 1/3 inch
  7. Place it on the baking tray and sprinkle some flour on it
  8. Place four tablespoons of meat toppings on the dough
  9. Bake for 10-15 minutes and ensure the dough is golden
  10. Serve Lahm Bi Ajin to your family and friends

How to cook Lebanese Chickpea Stew

Lebanese chickpea stew is a delicious, vibrant, smoky dish served in almost all restaurants and eateries. It is one of the staple food items in Middle Eastern cuisine, and thanks to the za’atar warmth and flavor, you will love the taste and satisfy your taste buds.

It is a weeknight recipe cooked with rich tomato paste and red bell pepper. Thanks to the high-level dietary fiber, eating the Lebanese chickpeas stew can improve your digestive system. It also contains calcium and magnesium to strengthen your musculoskeletal system. Here is how you can cook Lebanese chickpea stew at home. Read on!


  • Two 15-ounce canned chickpeas
  • One tablespoon of cumin
  • Three teaspoons of za’atar
  • Five cloves of garlic
  • Two bay leaves
  • One teaspoon of paprika
  • One teaspoon of pepper flakes
  • Two tablespoons of tomato paste
  • One large roasted bell pepper
  • Two teaspoons of olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Two tablespoons of parsley
  • Salt to taste


  1. Use a pestle or mortar to crush the cumin and garlic
  2. Create a coarse paste of cumin and garlic
  3. Heat the vegetable or olive oil in the saucepan
  4. Add the garlic and cumin mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes
  5. Put the tomato paste, paprika, and red pepper flakes into the saucepan
  6. Cook and continue stirring for 2-3 minutes
  7. Now, put the chickpeas into the saucepan and stir to mix thoroughly
  8. Add 4-5 cups of water and za’atar
  9. Add the roasted bell pepper and bay leaves and continue stirring
  10. Lower the heat until the mixture boils gently
  11. Cook for 15-20 minutes to ensure the stew has a thick texture
  12. Add salt to taste and put some parsley
  13. Now, turn off the heat
  14. Serve the chickpeas stew with white or brown rice
  15. You can also serve it with white pita bread

How to cook Lebanese Spinach Stew

Lebanese spinach stew is the most delicious dish in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It is full of essential nutrients to improve your physical and mental health. The stew has spiced ground beef, zippy garlicky lemon broth, spinach, and whole grains. Today’s article will give you a list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions to cook Lebanese spinach stew. Read on!


  • 1/3 cup of pine nuts
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • Two finely chopped onions
  • One pound of ground beef
  • Two teaspoons of seven spice
  • ¼ teaspoon of chili pepper flakes
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • Ten ounces of frozen spinach
  • Four finely diced cloves of garlic
  • Three cups of chicken stock
  • Lemon topping
  • One finely dices shallot
  • One lemon (juiced)
  • One teaspoon of lemon rind
  • ½ teaspoon of Aleppo pepper
  • Two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar


  1. Add one tablespoon of olive oil to a large saucepan
  2. Put the pine nuts into the saucepan and cook on a medium heat
  3. Cook until the pine nuts are golden brown
  4. Turn off the heat and remove the saucepan and set aside
  5. Add garlic, onions, and olive oil to the same saucepan
  6. Fry the onions and ensure they are golden brown
  7. Next, add the ground sear and stir
  8. Add the seven spices, salt, and chili flakes and cook for three minutes
  9. Once you have cooked the meat, add cilantro, spinach, and salt
  10. Cover the spinach and thaw for 3-5 minutes
  11. Now, remove the lid, increase the heat, and add the stock to a simmer
  12. Cook for 7-10 minutes
  13. Add the lemon sauce ingredients into a bowl and whisk together
  14. Serve the delicious stew with rice and shallot or lemon topping

Enjoy the dish with your family and friends