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The Middle Eastern country as the name suggest is a group of country
situated in the eastern hemisphere which is located in the middle of
three continent i.e. Asia, Africa and Europe. Officially, this area
now is known as "West Asia" by the U.N. The countries that makes up
West Asia in term of land area are Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Iraq,
Oman, Syria, Jordan, UAE, Israel, Kuwait, Qatar, Lebanon and
Bahrain. The first four countries make up more than 85% of the land
area. Each country have it's own unique cuisine that although might
have the same name but different in the taste and style from each
Generally, due to the very dry climate of this area, more than 50%
of the area is uninhabited desert. Rain fall is so low that fertile
regions can only be found around the rivers and valleys that drain
the mountains. Due to this harsh condition, traditionally, the
people here rely heavily on a diet of dates, various lentils, figs,
nuts, honey, dried fruit and yoghurt. The cuisine here are basically
a fusion of Turkish, Arab and Persian style.
The Middle Eastern people also have their famous herbs and spices
blend called "Za'atar". The main ingredients of Za'atar are ground
dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, sesame seeds, salt and sumac with
some variation from country to country. Za'atar is sprinkle on
meats, veggies, rice, breads and on almost every food they eat.
For spices blend, they have a mixtures of spices called "Baharat".
The typical spices combinations used in a Baharat are allspice,
black pepper, cloves, coriander, cumin, cardamom, nutmeg, cassia
bark and dried chili and is typically used for seasoning meat.
Another spice which are native to the Middle East is the saffron,
also dubbed the most precious and most expensive spice in the world.
Saffron comes from the dried stigmas of the flower saffron crocus.
Saffron is used in Middle Eastern cooking not only as a seasoning
for it's bitter taste with hay-like fragrance but also as a coloring
agent to produce a golden orange yellow tint to the food. Sumac is
another spice which is widely used in Middle Eastern cooking to
gives the food a sour and tangy lemony taste.
The staple food in the Middle Eastern is rice but wheat is also
widely consumed in the formed of pita bread. Today, perhaps the most
well known cuisine from Middle Eastern regions are kebabs, kibbeh
and shawarma. Kebabs can be found in almost every Middle Eastern
restaurant in the major city of the world. Kebabs are basically meat
marinated with herbs and spices which is then put on a skewer to be
grilled. Some variety of kebab have a combination of cut vegetables
or fruits interleave between the meat and then grill together. This
combination gives the kebabs a beautiful combination of colors and
outlook and more importantly, they are a complete healthy meal on a
stick. Other popular dish includes kibbeh (make from ground rice or
wheat mixed with mince meat and fry) and shawarma (Middle Eastern
version of taco or burrito which is made from grilled meat and pita
Middle Eastern recipes are generally easier and simpler to prepare
as the combination of herbs and spices are not as elaborate. Middle
Eastern people also boast that their food is more healthy as the
preferred cooking method is grill or baked instead of frying and
butter and oil are also use sparingly in the recipes. Also
the generous use of olives in their cooking lend credibility to this claim.
So come and try this delicious, healthy and easy to cook Middle
Eastern recipes at your home.
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