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Palestine: Recipes and Cuisine

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Palestinian cuisine shares many dishes in common with other countries in the region, including Lebanon and Syria to the north and Egypt to the southwest. Falafel, sfiha, tabouli, hummus and baba ghanoush are ubiquitous. Some of the dishes most popular with the Palestinian people include musakhan, maqluba and rice-stuffed chicken called djej mahshi.

Recipes

Palestinian Recipes

Try these recipes from Palestine.

Baba Ghanoush

Baba Ghanoush Recipe (Middle Eastern eggplant dip)

(Middle Eastern eggplant dip)

Baba ghanoush is a very popular appetizer and dip in the Middle East. Its smoky, rich flavor of the eggplant goes well with wedges of pita bread or with raw vegetables. Try using it as a sandwich spread or rolled up in wraps. Read more about Baba Ghanoush

Bakdoonsiyyeh

Chopping parsley

(Palestinian parsley salad with tahini dressing)

Need ideas for using up all that parsley in your refrigerator's crisper? Try bakdoonsiyyeh (يقدونسية), a bright, flavorful salad packed with nutrition. Bakdoonsiyyeh is great served as a salad accompaniment to grilled or fried fish. Also spelled bakdunsieh. Read more about Bakdoonsiyyeh

Falafel

Falafel Recipe (Middle Eastern fried chickpea patties)

(Middle Eastern fried chickpea patties)

Falafel is the original veggie burger and is a common dish throughout the Middle East. It is found in Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Egypt, and is especially popular with Palestinians. In Egypt it is known as tamiyah or taamiyah. Israelis sometimes call it the "national food of Israel." Read more about Falafel

Kefta

Kefta Recipe (Middle Eastern spiced meatballs)

(Middle Eastern spiced meatballs)

Spiced meatballs are common in one form or another from Morocco in the west through the Middle East (kefta or kufta), to Greece (keftedes), Turkey (köfte), Armenia (kyufta), Iran (kufteh, or koofteh) and all the way to India (kofta) in the east. All names for these little balls of wonder derive from the Persian verb kuftan, which means "to grind." Read more about Kefta

Muhammara

Muhammara Recipe (Middle Eastern spicy roasted pepper dip)

(Middle Eastern spicy roasted pepper dip)

Muhummara is popular condiment and dip in Lebanon, Palestine, Syria. Serve muhummara with grilled meats, fish and kebabs, or as a spread or dip for bread or pita. In western Turkey it is called acuka. Other spellings are moohummara or muhammarah. Read more about Muhammara

Musaka'a

Eggplant

(Palestinian eggplant baked with tomatoes and chickpeas)

Musaqa'a (moo-sa-KAH) is similar to French ratatouille. Though the pronunciation is the same, and both contain eggplant, this vegetarian dish is not the same as Greek moussaka. Also spelled musakka'a or musaqaa. Read more about Musaka'a

Musakhan

Musakhan Recipe (Palestinian sumac-scented roast chicken)

(Palestinian sumac-scented roast chicken)

Meltingly tender chicken with the lemony flavor of sumac and the sweetness of caramelized onions, musakhan (المسخن) is a favorite dish of Palestinians everywhere. Sheets of flatbread encase the chicken as it cooks, protecting it from direct heat and soaking up delicious juices. Musakhan is traditionally eaten with the fingers. Sometimes spelled moussakhan or musakhkhan. Read more about Musakhan

Shawarma

Shawarma Recipe (Middle Eastern spiced meat sandwich)

(Middle Eastern spiced meat sandwich)

Shawarma is popular throughout the eastern Mediterranean and is sometimes called the Middle Eastern taco. It originated in northwestern Turkey as döner kebab, which reached its current form and popularity with the Turkish population in Germany. The shawarma sandwich is now found in a variety of forms around the world. Read more about Shawarma

Tabouli

Tabouli Recipe (Middle Eastern bulgur and parsley salad)

(Middle Eastern bulgur and parsley salad)

An easy, refreshing and healthy Middle Eastern salad, tabouli is made of bulgur wheat, finely chopped parsley and scallions dressed simply with lemon juice and olive oil. The dish goes by various spellings including tabbouleh, taboule, taboulleh, tabouleh, and tabboulleh. Read more about Tabouli

Zaatar

Zaatar Recipe (Middle Eastern spice blend)

(Middle Eastern spice blend)

Secret homemade spice mixtures have flavored the food of the Middle East for millenia. Foremost among these is the blend called zaatar. This mix of local herbs, sumac berries and sesame seeds is an all-purpose condiment. Sprinkle zaatar over bread, vegetables or yogurt. Stir it into olive oil as a spread. Or use it as a rub for meat, poultry or fish. Read more about Zaatar

Comments

We lived in Germany for 3 years and while we were there I fell in love with these. I made them tonight for dinner and my husband said that they were better than the ones we had in Stuggart. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

I am looking for a recipe that a woman visiting from Germany made 40 years ago.
It looked like the picture of the potatoe dumplings. White in color...but as I remember it was a sweet bread filled with a meat. It seemed as if they may have been steamed and not baked because the 'crust' was not hard like a loaf of bread would be. They were small like a roll. If anyone knows of this recipe I would love the name and recipe.
Thanks, Marilyn

It could've been dampfnudeln (most likely), semmelknoedel, or knoedeln. Everywhere I went in Germany there was always something different to try, so it's hard for me to know exactly what you ate all those years ago. Dampfnudeln seems the most likely from your description, although I never had it stuffed with meat, I am sure it's possible to serve it that way.

Hope this helps!

I as born and raised in Southern Germany. It sounds to me that it was Dampf noddeln. ( Steamed Noodels. However, it is made of a sweet east daugh and then filled with meat, prunes or apricot... it is rolled in to a ball and then steamed in a dutch oven until done. There a various sauces to add upon erving. Pending on the filling. I dont have the recepie.

It's STUTTGART. I, too, lived in Germany and three years of that was in Stuttgart.

The filling turned out OK, but we really had to doctor this recipe to get it even CLOSE to where I found it marginally acceptable. I lived in Southwest Germany for MANY years, and I know good maultaschen, and this recipe just doesn't hit the mark. It took two people FOUR hours to make this turn out alright, and that was after totally changing what was written, adding bacon, more beef, more bread, more onions, and frying up the maultaschen in a pan after a quick boil. All-in-all, it was "ish", I didn't like how it turned out at all. It was simply too vague a recipe.

- Won-ton wrappers are easy to cook with, but too small. Maultaschen isn't about the pasta, it's about the filling. Won-ton wrappers really limit the amount of filling and leave a lot to be desired.

- 8-10 minutes boiling time doesn't work. We boiled our "maultaschen" for about 2 minutes.

- Mixing the filling, we ended up using a food processor, and that worked out perfectly.

Overall, I really dislike this recipe. If you need something close enough to settle a craving, this may be good enough for you, but if you're wanting to show other people what maultaschen is like, this probably isn't the recipe you'll want to use.

I agree with Ananomys, it only takes a couple minutes or so however, I would like her recipe if she would share.
We lived in Oberaichen/Leinfelden 1995-1998

when you say flour - do you mean self-raising or plain flour?

Self-rising flour is regular flour with leaveners added and is not suitable for this recipe.

I have not tried this recipe, but from what I remember of my experience....it was cut (after being prepared into large ravioli packet), fried up and they served it to me with dippy eggs....Yum, Yum!!! Had a wonderful MEATY filling.
In saying all this, if I can make the ppie crust or what ever that dough is and roll it out to an easy to uuse size, stuff it. I think I would have my hearts desire :~}
Any in put on this is most welcome,
J in AZ :~}

I am greman and known that the Maultashen are made of pasta dough and made in to pockets. We boil them in a chicken or beef broth. Very similar to ravioli. No Italian seasoning and tomato sauce.