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Haven't tried Lebanese cuisine ever? Make sure you gorge on Kousa Mahshi, Shish Barak and Tabbouleh

Haven't tried Lebanese cuisine ever? Make sure you gorge on Kousa Mahshi, Shish Barak and Tabbouleh

Not only does Lebanese cuisine offer you a blend of soothing aroma and an unforgettable taste, the warmth with which these dishes are served make you yearn for more. One bite leads to another, and you just can’t S-T-O-P!

Lebanese cuisine is undoubtedly one of the most underrated cuisines. Originated in Lebanon, this cuisine is relished by people from all corners of the world.

Not only does Lebanese cuisine offer you a blend of soothing aroma and an unforgettable taste, the warmth with which these dishes are served make you yearn for more. One bite leads to another, and you just can’t S-T-O-P!

You are certainly not doing justice to the word foodie if you haven’t tasted these 10 yummy dishes!

Kousa Mahshi

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Kousa Mahshi is a zucchini based main course dish. Zucchini is sliced off from the middle to create a decent cavity. The stuffing that includes rice, tomato, onion, minced beef, coriander, mint and spices is filled inside the cavity. If you’re a vegetarian, you can simply use cornpeas instead of the minced beef and enjoy the traditional dish!

Adas Rishta

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As Indian as the name sounds; this dish is a Lebanese version of our desi Macaroni. Boiled Macaroni added with onions and garlic fried in olive oil makes up for this easy to cook yet finger-licking tasty dish.

Shish Barak

Shish Barak with Yoghurt

Shish Barak, a traditional Lebanese dish is made up of tiny meat dumplings and cooked plain yogurt stew. This dish offers a rich taste of yogurt and subtle aromas and taste of garlic, mint or any other garnishing item you choose to use!

Tabbouleh

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This super healthy salad can make you fall in love with green leafy vegetables instantaneously. Having a spicy flavor, this dish is usually served with appetizers. Apart from the basic mint, coriander and other green leafy vegetables, the ingredients may vary from simple vegetables like onion, tomatoes to rich lemon juicy syrup giving it a sour taste.

Fatayer

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In layman’s words, this dish is a pastry that is filled with melted cheese. First, the dough is prepared using oil, butter, water and flour and then the cheese filling is gently added in the centre of the circular dough. Just in case you’re not too fond of cheese, a spinach variant can also be tried.

Fish Tagine

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Baked fish fillets coated with tahini sauce and pine nuts make up for this scrumptious dish. Tahini sauce, also known as Tarator sauce includes ground walnuts and garlic, yogurt, cucumber and at times lemon too. Usually, this dish is served cold.

Mujadara Musafaya

Mujadara

This dish was referred to as a ‘peasant’s dish’ in the old times. Starting as a food to fill empty stomachs, this dish is now one of the most beloved dishes in the Lebanese cuisine. The main ingredients of this staple food include rice, lentils, garlic, onions and spices according to taste.

Layali Lubnan

layali lubnan

Layali Lubnan is a common Lebanese sweet dish made up of semolina pudding and garnished with whipped cream and pistachios. Stirring souls with its sweet taste, this dish is worth a try!

Halawat El Jibn

Halawat El-Jibn Bil-Kishta

This delectable Lebanese sweet dish is a sweet cheese roll. To get the sweet flavor, few drops of orange syrup and rose water can also be added.

Fish Siadeah

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A dish based on fried fish fillets, this has been among the top dishes of Lebanese cuisine for a long time now. Rice, cinnamon and cumin powder and pine seeds are some of the common ingredients.

first published:September 14, 2015, 13:11 IST