Stuck at home? Bored of Netflix yet? Is the inner chef in you showing its true colors during the pandemic? Then let me serve you with a platter of healthy, yet delicious Lebanese recipes, with all of its aromatic glory, straight from Beirut.
Lebanese cuisine is considered to be one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. With whole grains and vegetables as the key ingredients along with aromatic spices, no wonder this cuisine has gained its popularity among all kinds of people.
If your soul is seeking some lip-smackingly delicious but healthy food, then you have come to the right place. Here are seven of Lebanon's most famous dishes for you to taste and quench your thirst for the middle-eastern essence.
The national dish of Lebanon is one of the most famous recipes when it comes to Levantine cuisine. The toasted pine nuts with spicy minced meat inside is definitely a treat for the tastebuds. To pep up a rainy evening, how about substituting the age-old chai-pakora with kibbeh for a change. Not a bad idea, don't you think?
This one is sort of a poster dish for Lebanese cuisine. It is a mouth-watering yet healthy dip made with mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. The highlight of Hummus lies in its garnishing. A few whole chickpeas with a dash of paprika and parsley is what makes this side dish even more flavorsome.
As mentioned earlier, Lebanese cuisine is famous for being healthy. Fattoush definitely tops the list when it comes to the menu of a health-conscious foodie. It is a sort of an unwritten rule that when a salad has deep-fried ingredients, it is a good salad. With crispy lettuce and veggies on stale flatbread, Fattoush makes you feel like you are eating healthy.
Lebanese side dishes have won over the hearts of foodies across the world. Tabbouleh is one of the most loved ones among them. This Levantine vegetarian salad is made of finely chopped tomatoes along with parsley, soaked bulgur, onion, and mint. The actual taste of this super-healthy recipe comes from the seasoning. Tabbouleh's final touch requires a spoonful of olive oil along with hints of salt, sweet pepper, and lemon juice.
These are delicious meatballs. Kafta can be made with lamb, beef, or chicken. The ground meat is mixed with onion paste, black pepper, allspice, parsley, and salt. The balls are then barbecued or served with gravy. It is a globally adapted form of a recipe. Kafta has vegetarian forms as well. In India, it is better known as Kofta.
Not only in starters, main course, and salads, Lebanese desserts are a big hit across the world as well. Baklava, one of the most famous Lebanese desserts, is made of layered filo pastry along with chopped walnuts and pine nuts, sweetened with syrup or honey. Baklava tastes best when served cold.
Are doughnuts your go-to dessert? If yes, then you will absolutely love this Levantine sweet dish named Awamat (also known as Lokma). These are small balls of dough, which are to be fried until golden and crispy. It is then coated with syrup, making it a dessert fit for any occasion be it birthdays or weddings. Awamat is quite a popular delicacy among both children and adults.
As far as Lebanese cuisine is concerned, there is a kind of dish for every foodie out there. It has juicy, spicy, and yummy Kaftas for the ones who relish some spicy delicacies. Deep-fried, perfectly healthy yet delicious salad like Fattoush is there for those who follow strict diet charts. And as for all the sweet -tooths out there, Lebanese cuisine has the perfect desserts like Baklava and Awamat to make your tastebuds go crazy. So, what are you waiting for? Go to the kitchen and start away with these amazing yet super-easy recipes. And for this, I can promise you one thing - a bite of Beirut a day, would definitely keep your boredom away!