Middle-Eastern

Red Lentil Soup Recipe with Squash (Shorabit Jarjir)

Protein-rich red lentils and hearty butternut squash are transformed into a silky soup; served with flatbread, it’s a simple and comforting main course. Check out all of our soup recipes here. Featured in: “Heart of Palestine.” Red Lentil and Squash Soup (Shorabit Jarjir) Protein-rich red lentils and hearty butternut squash are transformed into a smooth …

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Lamb and Cauliflower Stew with Harissa Recipe

This warming lamb stew with Tunisian red chile paste makes use of the whole head of cauliflower: The flavorful stems are minced and sauteed along with the mirepoix, while the florets—broiled and added at the end—lend crunch and body. Harissa adds a kick of heat and acidity to everything from soups to pastas to roasted …

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Cilantro Salad with Olives, Avocado, and Limes Recipe

Rawia Bishara, the Galilee-born chef behind Brooklyn’s Tanoreen, uses this crisp, bright salad as a side dish or as a fresh and herbal condiment atop fried fish or grilled meat. “No matter where you fall on the cilantro spectrum,” says Bishara, “I urge you to try it.” For more classics from Egypt to Iran, check …

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Kofta Chalau (Afghan Meatballs with Saffron, Split Peas, and Sour Plums)

Afghan saffron dealer Tahmina Ghaffer prepares this rich and fragrant stew when she misses her family. She says her mother always adds dried sour plums, which can be found at well-stocked Middle Eastern and Asian markets and spice shops. Saffron intensifies the flavor and aroma of the finished dish, so don’t be tempted to omit …

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Beef Dolma With Apricots and Tamarind Recipe

In the Syrian Jewish kitchen, this Middle Eastern basic gets a sweet-and-sour spin with the addition of brown sugar and dried apricots—a pleasant, tart foil to the rich and meaty filling. In the warmer months, try to find fresh, young grape leaves, which are more tender and flavorful than the jarred types. Out of season, …

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