Food & Recipes

Palestinian Culinary Revival

Contributed by Fadi Kattan on 21.11.2007:

Culinary Culture and history are inextricably linked to our identities, our heritage and communities. Palestinian Gastronomy has been preserved by often maternal oral transmission of recipes and the recent writings published by Christiane Dabdoub Nasser and Ali Qleibo amongst others. But like so many other elements of our culture, under the fear of disappearance, Palestinian Gastronomy has pr(...)

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Nutrition and the Elderly

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.11.2007:

By Suha Khoury

There is a joke about an elderly couple who sat down to lunch at a restaurant and ordered just one meal to be divided between them. The waitress noticed that the elderly woman was eating while the old man was only staring at the food in his plate and hadn’t eaten a bite. The waitress approached them and asked the old man if there was something wrong with his food. “No, t(...)

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ورق عنب و كوسا محشي بزيت الزيتون- Stuffed Grape Leaves and Zucchinis

Contributed by Mom Blogger on 01.11.2007:

This is a recipe for stuffed grape leaves.

[[picture:"Picture 597 (Small).jpg" ID:4311]] It is time consuming which is the case of most dishes cooked in the Arabic kitchen but worth it. Delicious!

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Here is a video that i made out of my own kitchen, enjoy:


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Recipes: More Palestinian salads

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 06.08.2007:

Coloured salad


green pepper (not hot)

red pepper (not hot)



olive oil



(different quantities according to taste)

Rasp the carrots. Cut the peppers and onions in small pieces. Mix the lemons, olive oil and salt and add them to the vegetables.

Cucumber salad

2 cucumbers

1 ta(...)

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Recipe: Arabic salad

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 06.08.2007:

small bunch of parsley

1/2 cup dried mint



green onions


olive oil


(different quantities according to taste)

Cut the vegetables, parsley and mint in very small pieces. Add a mixture of lemon, olive oil and salt.



Discover the Palestinian culture by... eating!


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Recipe Fattoush

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 04.08.2007:

The Arab salads are called mezze. Palestinians and other Arabs serve them as appetizers. You eat mezze with Arabic bread, olive oil, lemon juice and pickles.


Salad with toasted bread

2 loaves Arabic bread, leftovers

1 bunch parsley

1 bunch green onions

4 cucumbers

4 tomatoes

1 green pepper


juice of two lemon(...)

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Cooked Yoghurt

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 04.08.2007:

1 1/2 liter laban (yoghurt)

1 egg


2 cloves garlic

dried mint

Mix laban well with egg and salt. Always stir in the same direction. Boil gently until there is a rich cream.

While the laban is boiling, brown the garlic in butter and pour over the laban.

Crush the mint and sprinkle it on top. Boil it together for 5 minutes. Combine with meat o(...)

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Recipe Laban

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 04.08.2007:


2 liter milk

3 tablespoons laban starter (or plain commercial yoghurt)

Heat milk on low heat until it comes to a boil. Immediately remove from heat and cool until lukewarm.

Add 4 tablespoons of warm milk to the starter and stir until smooth. Stir starter into the warm milk and pour milk into a plastic or glass container and wrap in a heavy blanket. Store in(...)

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Shankleesh (cottage cheese balls)

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 04.08.2007:

Cottage cheese balls

5 large pieces of cottage cheese or kareesha

1 cup melted butter

1 cup za'ater (thyme)

5 tablespoons salt

Drain moisture using a cheesecloth sack for a period of 3 or 4 days. Add salt and knead. Roll into balls 7,5 centimeter in diameter. Place on a cloth in a dry area for 3 days.

Place in airtight jars for 10 more days. Trim the (...)

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Recipe Bizir Sirani (water melon seeds)

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 04.08.2007:

Water melon seeds

1 kilogram bizir


1 teaspoon soda




(different quantities according to taste)

Boil the bizir until it is covered with water and add a teaspoon of soda. Cook until well-done. Wash them twice or three times. Put them on a large tray. Add salt, pepper and lemon. Bake them for about 15 minutes.


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