• Hareeseh Mahshi Bil tamer (Semolina cake stuffed with dates)
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Hareeseh Mahshi Bil Tamer (Semolina Cake stuffed with dates)

    A traditional Middle Eastern Hareeseh is a semolina cake oftentimes drenched in a simple syrup and topped with almonds. This dessert has multiple names all dependent on the region its made in the Middle East. You may know it as Namoura, or even basbousa. They all refer to this delicious semolina cake. It is an extremely popular sweet treat; you can find it always everywhere and anywhere overseas. Semolina is used predominantly in the Arabic culture especially in desserts. In this baked good, coarse semolina is used as opposed to fine semolina. The two cannot be switched for this recipe. The semolina adds great flavor and texture to this cake;…

  • patlican soslu (eggplant & tomato dip)
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Patlican Soslu (Turkish Eggplant Tomato Dip)

    As many of you may know, I was born and raised in northern New Jersey and moved to Chicago after I got married. One of the things I miss about NJ is this one Turkish restaurant called Toros. They have the most delicious food. One of my favorite appetizers from there is this Turkish Eggplant Tomato dip which I looked upon their menu and is called Patlican Soslu. Honestly, one of the best dips I have ever had! I could never get enough of it. I have been craving it and decided even though I haven’t made much Turkish food; to give it a go based on all the flavors…

  • Beef shawarma taco bowls
    Brunch,  Dinner,  Ramadan

    Beef Shawarma Taco Bowls

    Shawarma is a dish loved across the globe by many. It derived from the Middle East but is now enjoyed worldwide. What sets it apart is the key spices that makes up shawarma like garlic, cumin, allspice, paprika and so much more. And of course, it is known for how it is traditionally cooked on a rotating spit. While, I am not cooking the shawarma on a spit today. I wanted to share with you this super easy and quick recipe because it is #tacotuesday! I also understand that most of us put prepping dinner on the back burner because of our hectic schedules. This is a homemade meal that…

  • Kousa Mashi Bil Laban (Stuffed Zucchini in Yogurt)
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Kousa Mahshi Bil Laban (Stuffed Zucchini in Yogurt)

    The ultimate Middle Eastern comfort food. Almost all Arabic households around this time of year will be making mahshi; stuffed vegetables. Kousa Mahshi has a special place in my heart. My mom would make it frequently growing up and it was always a favorite of mine especially with the garlic yogurt sauce. I have always been obsessed with dairy. Too much for my own good. Any meal that had yogurt; I was in. Anything from Mansaf to shish barak (meat dumplings in a yogurt sauce) was a winner in my book. I haven’t had this meal since I got married and moved miles and miles away. So, yesterday I just…

  • middle eastern baked kufta
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Ramadan

    Middle Eastern Baked Kufta

    My blog’s two year anniversary was just the other day. Where does the time go? It makes me so happy to share a part of me with all of you. This recipe is influenced by my mama but has my special touches! You can say that Kufta is a staple in Middle Eastern households. It is made at least a few times a month in different forms. Sometimes grilled, sometimes baked with veggies or even in a tahini sauce. This recipe is really easy to put together and makes for a delicious meal with rice and salad. I promise this will be a recipe on rotation in your household! Servings:…

  • Mansaf
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Mansaf

    Okay, hands down this is one of my favorite traditional Middle Eastern rice dishes. Mansaf is a traditional Jordanian meal comprising of a layer of bedouin flatbread, rice, dried yogurt sauce, lamb, and toasted nuts and parsley. This is often served for big dinner parties in our culture since it is preferred by many and seen as a sign of generosity when offered to guests. Although it takes some time to make; it is very much worth it! If you are a visual learner, there is a tutorial on my Instagram too. Servings: 8-10 people Total Time: approx. 3 hours Meat Ingredients 5 lbs of Lamb Shoulder cut into medium…

  • knafeh with nuts
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Knafeh with Nuts

    There is nothing traditional about the recipe I am about to share with you guys but is it good? Heck yes! It isn’t the typical knafeh we all know and love that is tinted orange with melted cheese in the center and garnished with pistachios. This variation is one my mom started making a few years ago with the extra nuts she had in her pantry and my family really enjoys it! It’s a lighter alternative and can be easily dairy free if using vegan butter. For even more decadence or if you are missing that creaminess in a traditional Nabulsi knafeh then top it off with a scoop of…

  • Chocolate Almond Date balls
    Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Snacks,  Vegan

    Chocolate Almond Date Balls

    I have so many dates left from Ramadan that I wanted to create some date balls which are super popular nowadays. This flavor combo however is heavenly! It almost reminds me of an almond version of Ferrera Roche but healthier! Let’s just say these are addicting and you will probably want to make 2 servings of it! Servings: approx. 16 Total Time: approx. 15 min Ingredients 14 Mejdool dates 1/3 cup creamy almond butter 3/4 cup raw almonds 1 tsp vanilla Sprinkle of salt 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1-2 tbsp water Instructions Submerge the dates in water for 15 minutes to soften them. In a food…

  • chicken gyro and baked fries
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Chicken Gyro & Baked Fries

    Servings: 5 sandwiches Total Time: approx. 45 min not including marinating time Chicken Ingredients 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into small to medium cubes 1 cup plain yogurt (I used Dairy Free Kitehill yogurt) 2 tbsp olive oil Salt & pepper to taste 1 tbsp seven spice 1 tbsp paprika 1 tbsp onion powder 1 tbsp garlic powder 3 minced garlic cloves 1/2 a lemon’s juice 1 tsp cumin 1 tbsp chili powder Fry Ingredients 4-5 Idaho potatoes cut in half then each half cut into 4’s in the shape of fries 3 tbsp of olive oil Salt & pepper to taste Other Ingredients 5 Gyro Bread’s 1/4 cup…

  • moroccan lamb stew
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan

    Moroccan Lamb Stew

    Happy Weekend friends! When I was in California a few months ago, my good friend Ala whipped up this delicious Moroccan lamb stew and I was in heaven. It was so good! I recently got the recipe from her and want to share it with you guys because my hubby and I absolutely love it. You need to give this dish a chance! Servings: 2-4 people Total Time: approx. 5 hours Marinade Ingredients 2-3 lbs of lamb shoulder cut medium in size 1 tbsp turmeric 1 tbsp chili powder 1 tbsp cumin powder 1 tsp cinnamon Salt & pepper to taste 1 tbsp paprika 1/2 cup olive oil 2 tbsp…