9 Palestinian food recipes you absolutely have to try! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ (2024)

There are thousands of recipes to be found on the internet, especially with the rise of quick as easy recipes from Tastemade and other such awesome video tutorials. With this, sometimes you crave a good and hearty authentic dish to warm the heart and home. Here is a roundup of some of our favourite Palestinian recipes for you to try out!

Breakfast and bread

Shakshouka

9 Palestinian food recipes you absolutely have to try! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ (1)A heartybreakfast optioncomprising mainly of eggs and tomatoes, but often makes use of other vegetables. The best part of this is that it can be made in one skillet and you can dress it up and down, depending on how heavy you like your breakfast to be. Remeber, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and so thereโ€™s no better way to start it than with Shakshouka!

9 Palestinian food recipes you absolutely have to try! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ (2)

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Follow this link for our favourite tutorial on how to make it.

Ful Mudammas

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Often describedas โ€œthe rich manโ€™s breakfast, the shopkeeperโ€™s lunch and the poor manโ€™s supper,โ€ Ful Mudammas is one of those versatile dishes that can be eaten throughout the day. Many Palestinianโ€™s eat Ful with freshly bakes pita bread and falafelover breakfast, and trust me when I say that it will keep you going throughout the day!

The best thing about it is that itโ€™s perfect for people opting for a vegan only diet and can also be adapted to include meat, if thatโ€™s something you enjoy for breakfast. Follow this link for this quick and easy recipe from one of our favourite Arab foods cooking blog.

Kaโ€™ak Al-Quds

9 Palestinian food recipes you absolutely have to try! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ (4)Kaโ€™ak usually refers to a biscuit like bread which is truly versatile and can be made as a regular bread, stuffed to become a savoury option or dipped in honey or jam to become a sweet breakfast option. Itโ€™s one of those dishes sold all over the streets of Palestine and is very close to pita bread, but with the addition of yoghurt and milk and is cooked in a hot oven to create a pocket in the middle.

It also makes use of a generous sprinkle of sesame seeds, which are rich innatural oils, and organic compounds that consist ofcalcium,iron,magnesium, phosphorous,zinc,vitamin B6, and protein, so not only is it a tasty start to the day but is also healthy and beneficial.

Follow this link to find out how to make this amazing bread!

Soups, salads and appetizers

Sfihaat

9 Palestinian food recipes you absolutely have to try! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ (5)A sfiha (also known as fatayer) can be made with several fillings, from lamb to chicken, spinach, cheese or vegetables. Theyโ€™re light and tasty and can be added to any other menu as a side dish or for a quick bite with a cup of tea, especially since they can be served piping hot or at room temperature.

Follow this link for an excellent lamb option for this savoury dish and this link for one made with spinach.

Shorbetโ€˜Adas

9 Palestinian food recipes you absolutely have to try! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ (6)In a nutshell, shorbetโ€˜adas is lentil soup and is perfect for the upcoming cold months. Lentils are a fantastic source of fibre, iron, protein, Vitamin B1 and B6, potassium and zinc, and so they are a great way to lower cholesterol, keep your heart in check, stabilise your blood sugar, increase energy and boost weight loss!

It is super simple to make and can be a great asset to any lunch or dinner menu, and is often a favourite starter to have over iftar in the holy month of Ramadan. Follow this link for a quick and easy recipe.

9 Palestinian food recipes you absolutely have to try! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ (7)

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Chicken and freekeh salad

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Well, you can omit the chicken in this one if youโ€™re looking for something vegan because freekeh is really the winner of this dish. Freekeh isyoung green wheat that has been toasted and cracked. Itโ€™s a healthy whole grain food, much likebulgurand otherwhole grains. Again, this dish can work as a standalone dish or as part of a wider menu for lunch or dinner and can be served both piping hot or cooled down as a side salad.

Follow this link to find out how to make it.

Hearty dinners

Maqloubeh

9 Palestinian food recipes you absolutely have to try! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ (9)Maqloubeh (literally meaning โ€˜upside downโ€™) is one of my favourite go-to dishes when it comes to trying to impress dinner guests and is a very popular Palestinian one pot rice, spice and vegetable dish. It can work as a dish with vegetables alone but is often cooked either with meat (lamb or beef) or with chicken and is often served with either yoghurt or with a curry.

Follow this link from our favourite blog to learn how to make it!

Shish Barak

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Shish barakis essentially lamb dumplings in coriander, garlic and yoghurt sauce and can be part of a bigger dinner menu. The making of the dumplings are the hardest part of this flavoursome dish, but thatโ€™s what makes it the star of any dinner spread. If you want to make the process a little speedier, grab a friend and chit-chat over them to make the time fly by. Though it is potentially possible to make them with a vegetarian filling, I guarantee you that they taste better with lamb!

Follow this link for a fantastic recipe to this delicious treat.

Moussaka

9 Palestinian food recipes you absolutely have to try! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ (11)Yeah, youโ€™re thinking of the heavy Greek version of this dish, but this one is the real dealโ€ฆ think lasagne, but with a fantastic balance of lamb and vegetables. Pronounced โ€˜musaqaโ€™aโ€™ in Arabic, it literally means โ€˜coldโ€™ in the Palestinian dialect which means it should be served cold, but I find it can be equally tasty as a hot dish and the star of your dinner table.

Follow this link to learn how to make this dish.

While there are many more dishes to choose from, these will definitely win the hearts of your guests and fill you as only a good home cooked meal will. For more ideas, be sure to check out Joudie Kallaโ€™s book โ€˜Palestine on a Plate: Memories From My Motherโ€™s Kitchenโ€™ on Amazon or directly from her website.

Happy cooking and sahtayn!

9 Palestinian food recipes you absolutely have to try! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ (2024)

FAQs

What is Palestine's national dish? โ€บ

Musakhan the national dish of Palestine, is a traditional dish composed of roasted chicken that is baked with onions, spices and fried pines nuts, then served on Taboon bread.

What do Palestinians eat for breakfast? โ€บ

โ€œAs I discovered when I spent time with the inspiring farmers on the West Bank, the typical Palestinian breakfast of za'atar, fresh flat bread bread, hummus capped with olive oil, creamy labneh and eggs, really sets you up for the day.โ€

What meat do Palestinians eat? โ€บ

PALESTINIAN FOOD : MEAT

Meat dishes within Palestine are a fusion of Levantine and Turkish influence and vary from stews to sweet meats and kibbee to kebab. The most commonly eaten meats in Palestine are chicken and lamb but diet is often dependent upon geographical circ*mstances.

What fruit is native to Palestine? โ€บ

Many wild fruit trees bloom in spring, such as olives, almonds, wild plums, peaches, pears, figs, and medlars, whereas loquats, pomegranates, and others bloom in summer. In the south, acacia trees and the prickly sabra cactus suck moisture from the desert.

Do Palestinians drink coffee? โ€บ

In Israel, and to some extent in Palestine, coffee is an integral and widely consumed beverage. The traditional Middle Eastern coffee, known as Turkish coffee or Arabic coffee, is a staple in both regions. It is a strong and finely ground coffee brewed with water and often sweetened according to personal preferences.

What did ancient Palestinians eat? โ€บ

Thus, while many might consider the stereotypical Mediterranean food triad to be bread, wine, and olive oil, based on the evidence provided by the historical Jewish sources, the basic diet in Roman Palestine seems to have consisted of a daily portion of bread made from wheat or barley; a portion of lentils, peas, or ...

What is Palestine's national animal? โ€บ

The mountain gazelle (Gazella gazella) is a species of gazelle. It lives in Palestine, the West Bank in Palestine, the Golan Heights in northern Palestine, and Turkey It lives in mountains, foothills, and coastal plains. It is the National animal of Palestine.

What snacks are in Palestinian food? โ€บ

Snacks are commonly served to guests within Palestinian households and vary from nuts, seeds and dates to baba ghanoush and roasted watermelon. Finger-food is very popular and varieties of hummus and other dips are found in every restaurant and home.

What drinks are popular in Palestine? โ€บ

-Arak: A traditional Palestinian drink, Arak is an anise-flavoured liquor made from grapes or other fruits. It is often mixed with water and ice and served as a refreshing drink. -Jallab: A sweet and syrupy drink made of dates, grape molasses, and rose water. It is often served over ice and garnished with chopped nuts.

Is Palestinian food vegetarian? โ€บ

There are also many traditional Palestinian meals that include some combination of rice, meat, and/or vegetables. For these dishes, vegetarians and vegans can opt for no meat and enjoy the rice and vegetable combination.

How old is Palestine? โ€บ

Early humans arrived in the Fertile Crescent and Palestine about 500,000 years ago. Settled life there began between 12,500 and 9,500 BCE, when the semi-sedentary Natufian culture (named after Wadi Natuf, west of Ramallah) developed.

Is Shawarma a Palestinian food? โ€บ

Shawarma is everyday street food in Palestine and has become mainstream food in the US. In my hometown Ramallah, when you walk around town you'll find small places specializing in making shawarma. Another popular street food is Falafel a vegan option.

What kind of tea do Palestinians drink? โ€บ

Black tea is a staple in nearly every Palestinian home. Brewed to the utmost potency the tea leaves can offer, then sweetened with sugar, many have fallen in love with the potent yet nectarous punch of Shai.

Do Palestinians drink alcohol? โ€บ

Some Palestinians may drink alcohol. However, you should be assured of this fact before giving wine or liquor. It is more inappropriate to give alcohol to a woman. Reciprocation is an important part of gift-giving.

What fruit is Palestine known for? โ€บ

Watermelons. The watermelon is perhaps the most iconic fruit to represent Palestine. Grown across Palestine, from Jenin to Gaza, the fruit shares the same colours as the Palestinian flag โ€“ red, green, white and black โ€“ so it's used to protest against Israel's suppression of Palestinian flags and identity.

What is the national dessert of Palestine? โ€บ

Knafeh (or Kunafa) is a delicious Middle Eastern dessert with layered crispy pastry and sweet cheese soaked in syrup, and is believed to have originated centuries ago in Nablus, a city in Palestine, where it was made using local Nabulsi cheese.

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