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Lentils, rice and fried onions (Mujadarrah)

Lentils, rice and fried onions (Mujadarrah) by Nancy Miyasaki

This is a tasty and healthy side dish that goes well with just about anything. It's filling without being too heavy, and tastes great as leftovers too.

14 votes
14573 views
Tomato Rice Pilaf

Tomato Rice Pilaf by Mary Joseph

This originated as a Lebanese dish that my mom always used to make, I tweaked it a bit adding tomatoes and mint and leaving out the meat that it called for. If you're a cheese lover this would be amazing with crumbled French Feta mixed in.

5 votes
17429 views
Easy Persian Rice in a Rice Cooker

Easy Persian Rice in a Rice Cooker by John Spottiswood

Admittedly, this doesn't capture the crunch outside of the normal method of making persian rice. But if you are just looking for a fluffy and buttery rice to serve with a stew or tagine, this works wonderfully and is super easy.

3 votes
10304 views
Tabbouleh Salad

Tabbouleh Salad by Micheline

A refreshing, low calorie, garlicky, tasty bulgur salad.

2 votes
3323 views
Bulgur Pilaf

Bulgur Pilaf by Salad Foodie

Faster and easier to cook than rice, bulgur is a grain to consider for making pilaf. High in fiber and low in fat makes this side dish a healthful choice. Easily converts to vegetarian by omitting the chicken broth. (Medium to large grind bulgur will be best for this recipe.)

1 vote
3485 views
Saffron rice with barberries, pistachio and mixed herbs

Saffron rice with barberries, pistachio and mixed herbs by Chez la mere

Barberries are tiny, jewel-like, dried sweet-and-sour Iranian berries that we've been using a bit obsessively recently. It is hard not to – their intense sharpness accentuates other flavours in a dish and adds wonderful drama to its looks. You can get them online, and from Iranian and some Middle Eastern grocers. If you can't find…

1 vote
2724 views
Toasted Couscous Pilaf

Toasted Couscous Pilaf by Farrell May Podgorsek

Israeli couscous makes a great hot pilaf and goes well with so many dishes. This is my husband's favorite grain side dish. I know it's more of a pasta, but we think of couscous as a starch, but not like pasta. The spices can be varied to change the flavor. It is quick and easy, and popular with kids. You can make this vegetarian by…

2 votes
3874 views
Two Rooms Hummous

Two Rooms Hummous by Matthew Crabbe

A thick spread made from mashed chickpeas in the style of the restaurant Two Rooms. Can be served as an accompaniment with fish or used as a dip.

3 votes
3828 views
Middle Eastern Carrot and Orange Salad

Middle Eastern Carrot and Orange Salad by Marlin Rinehart

A very simple but refreshing salad or sidedish comprised of grated carrots and oranges and enhanced with the delicate and exotic cologne fragrance of orange-flower water.

3 votes
7537 views
Carrot Kurma

Carrot Kurma by Aruna Manikandan

A simple and a delicious kurma.

1 vote
1676 views
My Delicious Secret Natural Hummus Recipe

My Delicious Secret Natural Hummus Recipe by jason

I made a secret hummus recipe and am sharing it. while living in Israel I learned much about middle eastern foods and the spices that grow and are being used in that part of the world. It was not unusual to see people get out of a car and walk to an empty field to pick spices. As a youngster growing up in the USA I did not like…

1 vote
3892 views
tomiya sauce

tomiya sauce by CHEF ASHRAF ABD ALEEM ELKHARBOTLY

tomiya sauce

1 vote
6461 views
Maast-O-Khiar, Yogurt Cucumber Salad

Maast-O-Khiar, Yogurt Cucumber Salad by Mozhi Habibi

This is served as a side dish or in the place of a salad. works great with meat or spicy dishes. If you don't like onions you can skip it.

1 vote
4779 views
Lebanese Spice Baz

Lebanese Spice Baz by CHEF ASHRAF ABD ALEEM ELKHARBOTLY

Lebanese Spice Baz

1 vote
3453 views
Kasha & Bowties

Kasha & Bowties by Denise Sherin

A family friend makes this and its great because of the carmelized onions. Recipe calls for beef broth but you can use chicken broth.

1 vote
1658 views