Middle Eastern cuisine encompasses different flavors from the many different countries that make up the Middle East. You’re probably more familiar with Middle Eastern foods like hummus and falafel, but you should definitely try these recipes. Best of all, the most common ingredients and the dishes are plant-based, which makes for more vegan cuisine! Grains, vegetables and some nuts are a staple of this type of food, all mixed with fragrant spices.
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Try one of these Middle Eastern dishes:
1. Falafel with spinach and almonds in a sesame crust
Source: Sesame Crusted Spinach and Almond Falafel
These Cassandra Star Spinach Almond Falafels are easy to make, delicious to eat, and you can really put any special kind of twist on the recipe. Here, the traditional falafels are made with chickpeas, almond and spinach flour and encrusted with crunchy sesame seeds and nuts. Each falafel is bursting with color, protein and flavor. Accompanied by tahini yogurt sauce and a simple cucumber and tomato salad, this is a dish that will satisfy all tastes and desires. And, as an added bonus, falafel dough freezes really well, so they’re perfect for a quick mid-week meal or served as an appetizer at parties.
2. Hummus with Macadamia Dukkah
Source: Hummus with Macadamia Dukkah
Hummus is best known as an appetizer or dip from the Middle Eastern world. This recipe is a variation with macadamia nuts (native to Australia) and dukkah, which is also a Middle Eastern condiment. This macadamia dukkah hummus from Judy Moosmueller is delicious and contains very healthy fats.
3. Tofu Shawarma
Source: Tofu Shawarma
This Vegan Tofu Shawarma by Melissa Tedesco has all the Middle Eastern flavors of a classic shawarma and even looks quite similar. Simply replace the meat with tofu.
4. Moutabal (Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip)
Source: Moutabal (Middle Eastern eggplant buffer)
Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez’s Moutabal is fun to make and involves roasting a whole eggplant on the stovetop, directly over the flame, until charred, blistered and blackened, resulting in an irresistibly flavorful flavor. smoky and creamy texture. Combined with fresh lemon juice, raw garlic, chopped parsley, creamy tahini, and a few pinches of cumin and cayenne pepper, this tangy, smoky, garlic dip makes a deliciously healthy snack and is the perfect dish to serve with hot pitas at your next party. Let us introduce you to the Levantine delicacy known as Moutabal.
5. Sabich Spaghetti Squash
Source: Sabich Spaghetti Squash
This delicious Sabich spaghetti squash from Paris Marash contains eggplant, spaghetti squash, tomato sauce and beans and is inspired by the popular Israeli dish sabich, which in Hebrew is the acronym for a popular dish consisting of salad, of eggs and eggplant. This meal is totally vegan, totally filling and totally easy to prepare! Not to mention low in carbs, low in fat, and full of healthy nutrients your body will love!
6. 15 Minute Harissa Eggplant Skewers with Cucumber Mint Relish
Source: 15 Minute Harissa Eggplant Skewers with Cucumber Mint Relish
These Spicy, Sweet and Sticky 15 Minute Vegan Harissa Eggplant Skewers: Fast and Modern Vegan Cooking are perfect for grilling! The harissa adds the perfect amount of heat which is quickly cooled by the refreshing cucumber mint relish. Serve these skewers in chewy flatbreads with the tangy relish, jewel-like pomegranate seeds and a generous drizzle of tahini.
7. Middle Eastern Braised Chickpeas Spiced with Cauliflower
Source: Spicy Middle Eastern Braised Chickpeas with Cauliflower
The chickpeas and cauliflower are braised in a spicy, coconut and tomato flavored sauce made with a blend of house spices. Smoked cumin, turmeric, cloves, cilantro, and cardamom dominate the flavor profile. Serve this simple and savory Middle Eastern braised chickpea dish from Tara Binder with rice, flatbread or your favorite cereal.
8. Roasted beet falafel with green tahini dip
Source: Roasted Beet Falafel with Green Tahini Dip
You might be thinking ‘if you’ve seen a falafel you’ve seen them all’: prepare to be amazed. These Roasted Beet Falafels from Anupama Paliwal get their color and a subtle earthy flavor from roasted beets, then are coated in a creamy green tahini dip bursting with flavor. Plus, you will learn how to make your own tahini paste.
9. Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomegranate, Tahini and Pine Nuts
Source: Cauliflower Shawarma with Pomegranate, Tahini and Pine Nuts
This cauliflower Shawarma from Loreto and Nicoletta Nardelli is a wonderful twist on the Middle Eastern classic. Roasted Cauliflower Bites are packed with spices and aromatics that will make you want more after every bite. Plus, the garnish of pomegranate seeds, tahini, and pine nuts makes this dish perfect for your social media feeds.
10. Doner Kebab of braised tofu in pita with yogurt sauce
Source: Braised Tofu Doner Kebab in Pita with Yogurt Sauce
Doner kebabs are an iconic Turkish dish that features slowly cooked rotisserie meats stuffed in pita bread or on flatbread. In this equally tasty Braised Tofu Skewer recipe from Philipp Ertl, instead of the doner, you use braised and spicy tofu. Braised tofu is very versatile and I use it for a lot of different dishes, from quick vegan pasta to tofu scrambles. For the yogurt sauce, use store-bought soy yogurt (or whatever plant-based yogurt you like), garlic, and salt.
11. Iranian Eggplant and Chickpea Stew
Source: Iranian Eggplant and Chickpea Stew
Hearty, hearty and loaded with spices, this fragrant and tasty Iranian eggplant and chickpea stew from Danielle Joy will amaze your taste buds! The different textures it contains work perfectly together and also quite healthy! Eggplants protect the brain by fighting free radicals, and chickpeas help reduce the risk of colon problems. Chickpeas are also high in protein, so they will keep you full and focused! the flavor is magnificent. It is the perfect festive dinner that will satisfy all your guests in body and soul. With sweet and warm flavors of dates, apricots, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg and turmeric, this dish is absolutely AMAZING. Once you’ve tasted this Iranian eggplant stew, just thinking about it can put a smile on your face.
12. Silky Tofu Shakshuka
Source: Silky Tofu Shakshuka
Shakshuka is one such breakfast recipe that has grown in popularity over the past couple of years, but anyone who has enjoyed a North African or Middle Eastern breakfast is familiar with its rich flavors and tangy. Usually topped with eggs, this Laura Hemmington Silken Tofu Shakshuka replaces them with seasoned silken tofu, giving you a true egg-free shakshuka experience. This is a simple dish to serve with bread, perfect for soaking up all the tasty tomato sauce.
13. Homemade Roasted Garlic Baba Ganoush
Source: Homemade Roasted Garlic Baba Ganoush
Homemade Roasted Garlic Baba Ganoush by Rachel Hanawalt – Turn your summer eggplants into something extra magical with this creamy, garlic and downright DELICIOUS homemade baba ganoush recipe!
14. Middle Eastern style vegetarian cuisine
Source: Middle Eastern Style Veggie Bake
Middle Eastern vegan food is bursting with flavor and really fun to make! You will love this Middle Eastern style vegan dish from Miriam Sorrell! For best results, prep, cook, and share with non-vegans! Who doesn’t love Middle Eastern vegan cuisine?
15. Sweet potato falafels
Source: Sweet Potato Falafels
Adding sweet potato to your falafels makes them much more interesting! The basis of these Amarilis Moldes Sweet Potato Falafels is mashed sweet potato and chickpea powder, which makes them very healthy and high in protein. It only takes 5 other ingredients to make this dish.
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