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Middle East

Algerian Bouzgene Berber Bread with Roasted Pepper Sauce
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Algerian Bouzgene Berber Bread with Roasted Pepper Sauce

This traditional favourite comes from the northern mountain towns of Algeria.

Almond Tahini Date Balls
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Almond Tahini Date Balls

Very Middle Eastern and a very tasty, sophisticated brunch treat.

Arabian Cauliflower With Tahini
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Arabian Cauliflower With Tahini

A Saudi favourite.

Baked Bechamel Chicken Pasta
  • Time: 70 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Baked Bechamel Chicken Pasta

This is a Middle Eastern method of baking pasta with a bechamel sauce. Very rich and luscious.

Cabbage Rolls with Yoghurt Sauce
  • Time: 55 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Cabbage Rolls with Yoghurt Sauce

These are very tasty with lots of Middle Eastern flavours.

Cauliflower Fried Egyptian Style
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Cauliflower Fried Egyptian Style

The smaller the florets the crispier and yummier! To get even crispier florets, add a couple of teaspoons of cornmeal to the batter.

Chicken and Matzo Ball Soup
  • Time: 55 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Chicken and Matzo Ball Soup

The classic Jewish soup of matzo balls in chicken broth. Don't add too much meal to the matzo balls so as to make sure they float.

Cumin and Apricot Lentil Soup
  • Time: 65 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Cumin and Apricot Lentil Soup

It sounds unusual but this is a common Middle Eastern technique. Cumin and thyme provide a gorgeous flavour.

Egyptian Beetroot Dip
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Egyptian Beetroot Dip

Serve this fabulous looking dip with turkish bread or pita chips at your next BBQ or party.

Egyptian Koshari
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Egyptian Koshari

This is a typical Egyptian dish that is very good! Purée the sauce in a food processor if you like a smoother texture.

Fasoulia
  • Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Fasoulia

Fasoulia really hits the spot on cold, winter days. An Arabic delight.

Fried Haloumi Cheese Fingers
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Fried Haloumi Cheese Fingers

Fry or barbecue this Cyprus style cheese and serve with a Greek salad and crusty bread. It can be just as easily dry fried as it can be fried in oil and is also easily cooked on the barbecue plate.

Gigantes Plaki
  • Time: 2 hours 30 minutes plus overnight
  • Complexity: very easy

Gigantes Plaki

Satisfying and superhealthy, enjoy at room temperature as part of a meze, or on top of toasted sourdough.

Harira
  • Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Harira

This is the soup that Moroccans traditionally use to break the fast every night of Ramadan. Season with salt, pepper, mint leaves and cinnamon to taste.

Hawawshi
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Hawawshi

An Egyptian favourite of pita bread filled with mince, capsicum and spices makes an easy family dinner.