Author: Nita MehtaContributor(s)/Artiste(s): Bhavna RastogiPublisher: SNABYear: 2006Language: EnglishPages: 103ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178691159
Lebanese cuisine is one of the most interesting cuisines in the Mediterranean region. It combines the sophistication & subtleties of European cuisines with the exotic ingredients of the Middle & Far East. Beans and lentils are a great part of the diet – be it the ever-present chickpeas or different types of lentils. A large and varied assortment of vegetables is used. In meat, chicken or lamb is preferred. Kebabs, both of meat or vegetables are served at mezze or as part of the meal.For flavouring, the Lebanese use an interesting mix of spices and herbs from both the East and the West. The major herbs used are mint (fresh and dried), parsley and thyme. Spices includes cinnamon, cumin, allspice and coriander.The ingredients used are a lot like Indian food and the dishes are close to the Indian palate and taste. This is one cuisine that does not involve the mastering of complicated culinary techniques. The dishes are easy to prepare and delicious to eat.
IntroductionMEZZE (Appetizers/dips)VEGETARIANFalafelHummus (Chickpea Dip)Mini Vegetable Sambousik (Samosa)Fried ChickpeasTahini Paste (Dip)Red Capsicum & Walnut DipLebneh (Yogurt Cheese Dip)NON-VEGETARIANKibbeh (Stuffed Mutton Balls)Shish Taouk (Chicken Tikkas)Shish Kabab Mishwi (Mutton Tikkas)Labanese IngredientsLebanese Spice PowderSALADS AND SOUPSVEGETARIANFattoush (toasted bread salad)Spinach & Yoghurt SoupFeta and Peeper SaladMixed Arabic PickleNON-VEGETARIANTabulleh with a TwistVEGETABLESVeg Mezze PlatterGarlic Stuffed EggplantOkra in Tomato Sauce & CorianderSpinach & ChickpeasPaneer Shawarma RollCHICKEN, MEAT A& FISHCold Chicken with Walnut SauceChicken Shawrma RollStuffed Potatoes with Laban SauceSpice Coated Pan-Fried FishBaked Chicken with OnionsDESSERTSCardamom Youghurt Pudding with Nuts & Honey SyrupLebanese CakeCream-filled ApricotsPeaches Poached in PomegranateMushrooms in Lebanese SpicesGrilles vegetable KabobsRICE & BREADVEGETARIANSemolina Flat BreadZaatar Flat breadPitaLentils with Bulgur PilafRice, Lentils and Pasta MedleyNON-VEGETARIANMutton Mince RiceUpside-Down Mutton & RiceGlossary of Names/TermsInternational Conversion Guide