Wednesday, January 6, 2016

National Dishes of the Middle East


A national dish is a culinary dish that is strongly associated with a particular country. A dish can be considered a national dish for a variety of reasons although many nations have favorite or popular dishes but not necessarily a national dish.

When a Middle Easterner or an Arab think of Mansaf, Jordan instantly comes to mind and same goes to the Egyptian dish Ful Modammes and the Saudi dish Kabsah. So many of the Middle Eastern nations have their own national dish and some nations boast more than one as in the case with  the Palestinian cuisine.

Of course, not all countries have a national dish and some countries share popular or favorite dishes as in the case with the nations of the Arabian (Persian) Gulf.
Since this is not a food blog, we have no recipes to offer you but there are many food blogs and ton of websites that offer thousands of recipes. Here are a few good food blogs: (some are no longer active but they have good archives)

Anissa Helou

Syrian Foodie in London

Turmeric & Saffron:

Allrecipes - Middle Eastern Recipes

Hommus with Tabbouli

Taste of Beirut

Orange Blossom Water



Here is a list of all Middle Eastern countries with their respective national dishes or popular (favorite) dishes. Items in bold indicates an "unofficial" national dish followed by other popular dishes



Jordan - Mansaf, Mjederra, Oozi, Kofta






Lebanon - Kibbeh, Tabouleh, Halawat Al Jebneh, Kofta, Sayadiyah, Sujuk




Egypt - Ful (fool) Muddames, Koshary, Moloukhiya, Falafel






Yemen - Saltah, Mandi, Ogdat




Palestine - Makloobah, Musakhan, Falafel,, Knafeh, Mloukhiyah, Mjederra








Oman - Mashuai, Machboos, Shuwa, Kebab (curried)




Syria - Kibbeh, Kebab Halabi, Shanklish, Kofta, Muhammara, Sujuk





Saudi Arabia - Kabsah, Mutabbag, Oozi





Kuwait- Machboos,  Margoog,  Harees, Mutabbag, Balaleet, Quwarmah Ala Dajaj





Bahrain - MuhammarMachboos Margoog,  Harees, Mutabbag




Qatar- HareesMachboos, Kabsah, Balaleet





United Arab Emirates - Popular dishes are blend of the Levant and the Gulf region but Shawarma seems to be UAE's favorite dish!





Morocco - Couscous, Tajine, Harissa, Harira, B'ssara, Pastilla

















Tunisia - couscous, Lablabi, Harissa, Marqa, Brik, Ojja





Algeria - Couscous,  Harisa, Merguez. Harira, Makroudh, Mechoui





Libya - Osban, Asida, Bazeen, Couscous





Iraq - Samak Mashouf,  Kleicha, Iraqi Kebab,






Sudan - Ful (fool) Masri, Kammonia





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Non-Arab Middle Eastern Countries:
 
Armenia - Harissa, Khash, Dolma, Lavash




Afghanistan - Kabuli Pulao, Kabebs, Oorma, Manto, Shoaba




Turkey - Doner Kabob, Yaprak Sarma, Pilav, Dolma, Kofte, Manti, Lahmacun




Iran - Chelo-Kabob, Ghourmeh SabziBademjan, Baghali Polo, Tahdig, Jeweled Rice,




Somalia - Halwa, Canjeero, Anjara, Doro Wat





Mauritana -Thieboudiene , Yassa Poulet, Mahfe








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