TOP 20 of the best traditional, authentic and inspiring Lebanese dishes


17 June 2019

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If Lebanese street food is a sure value, whether in the evening or in a delivery in front of a good movie, the fact remains that from time to time, for occasions that are worth it, the desire for a traditional and ancestral dish is felt.

That's why I've found my top 20 authentic and typical traditional dishes of Levantine cuisine as an inspiration.

Gone are the famous tabbouleh, hummus, eggplant caviar. Here, no falafels, shawarma or shish taouk. The idea is to make THE list of authentic and succulent traditional dishes, yet unjustly unknown outside Lebanon and more generally in the Middle East.

Dishes from village grandmothers, in short, who fed me during my childhood, and whose recipes you can easily find on the net!

Most of these dishes have many variations, and are obviously not exclusive to Lebanon, since most of the countries of the Levant share them and make them their own.

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20. The Kebbe nayeh

A tartar of raw meat, with crushed wheat (boulghour), onions, mint and spices (pepper, cumin, cinnamon). It is usually crushed again and served with olive oil, fresh mint and white onions and eaten with pita bread.

Kebbeh nayeh is not the only carnivore dish served raw. It is usually eaten with - among other things - raw lamb's liver, served with pepper and salt.

These are some of the most delicious dishes in Lebanon, but beware of the hygienic conditions! Moreover, eating raw red meat is a pleasure that is relatively rare to revel in.


19. The kneffeh

A kind of oriental cheese cake, Kneffeh is a dessert based on cheese, kadaif and syrup flavoured with orange blossom or rose water. Eaten in the Middle East, this not so sweet sin is an absolute killer... To be consumed in moderation, it goes without saying!

Recipe here.

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18. The Jelleb

Admittedly, Jelleb's not a dish. But I was obliged to share this ultra-fresh drink with you. You mix grape molasses with water, ice cubes and a handful of pine nuts. So lebanese...


17. The Fatteh

The Lebanese Fateh is one of the components of the mezze. It is a yoghurt-based sauce with tahina (sesame cream), garlic, and flavoured with spices and dried mint, served with cooked chickpeas.

This is a particularly nutritious dish, so put your foot down on the quantities!


16. The Loubieh

Flat beans in sauce that can be eaten cold or hot, with or without rice, depending on what you want. Like many other Lebanese dishes, this is a vegetarian dish, and for the time being, it couldn't be healthier!

Recipe here.

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“Beep! Beep!!” The Newsletter it out! Check your email 💌 Today’s leftover-lunch is a green bean stew with vermicelli rice*, a traditional Lebanese dish I used to hate** 🤔 Everything changed when I made it myself… ⭐️ Loubieh wou Riz 🍃 There are two main versions of this dish: one with meat and one vegan (without rice). Since I used lamb in this recipe, I like to lighten up the richness of this dish with a few squeezes of lemon and some homemade red onion pickles. _______________ The vegan recipe is online. It’s profile linked! Enjoy!! ☀️ {} As for the meaty stew recipe I will ask for your patience… the mama has some serious driving to do! 🚗🤯 ______________ *the sauce is underneath the rice. This is real food,… no tricks to show you the sauce! (it’s not a soup!!) 😂 **I was never a picky eater growing up, but I had real problems with green beans and lentils…. It all changed when I started cooking! That being said: I could never eat mjaddara made by someone else. 🙄🧐 I still have issues with jello, flan etc.…. but this story if for another day! 🤣 . . . . . . . . #Lebanesefood #loubiehwouriz #greenbeans #healthy #lebanon #momchef #drivingmiami #miami #rafaellasargi #pickles #mediterraneandiet #mediterraneanfood

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15. Kafta bil Sanieh

Literally, "Kafta in the dish", Kafta bil sanieh is a dish made of minced meat with herbs, served with potatoes, tomatoes, and secondarily rice with vermicelli.

Here, we enter the theme of ultra-rassasiant, rich and complete, it is the kind of dishes of a Lebanese mother, concerned not to let her little ones starve.

Recipe here.


14. Samkeh Harra (spicy fish)

The samakeh harra is a typical dish of the Lebanese coast, based on fish (hake or hake of line), cooked with a fondue of onions, tomatoes, sesame cream, spiced to your taste with a touch of harissa.

It is an ultra-healthy dish, typical of the Mediterranean diet.

Recipe here.


13. The Daoud Bacha

Ground meatballs (lamb or beef), pine nuts, rice vermicelli and tomato and onion sauce. The dish must be successful, otherwise it may be a bit heavy.

Recipe here.


12. The Laban Emmo

The Laban Emmo, literally "mom's yoghurt", is a particularly tasty leg of lamb. It is a very rich dish, typical of Lebanese mothers.

Recipe here.

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Today's lunch is one of my favorite traditional lebanese dishes. Laban Emmo! Served with vermicelli rice, you will enjoy a super delicious and warming meal! Ingredients: * 1 kg lamb chunks * 3 bay leaves * 1 whole nutmeg * 4 whole cloves * 5 cardamom pods * 1 cinnamon stick * 1/2 kg baby onions peeled * 2 kg yogurt * 1 egg * 2 garlic cloves crushed * 4 Tbsp cornflour * 1/2 cup lamb broth * 1 tsp butter * 1/3 cup pine nuts * 1/4 cup parsley chopped * Salt Method in my highlights👆🏻 غدانا اليوم لبن امه😋 المقادير: * ١ كيلو لحم غنم * ٣ ورق صغير غار * ١ جوزة الطيب * ٤ كبش قرنفل * ٥ * ٥ هال * ١ عود عود * ١/٢ كيلو بصل صغيرة * ٢ * بيض فص الذرة مهروس * حب ملعقة كبيرة كبيرة الذرة * ١/٢ ثوم مرقة لحم * ١ ملعقة بقدونس * ١/٣ كوب ٢ * ١/٤ كوب بقدونس زبدة * لبن ٤ مفروم الهايلايتس👆كيلو . . . . . . . . . . .. . #labanemmo #yogurt #lamb #lebanesecuisine #lebanesefood #aprilisforarabfood #lebaneserecipes #lebanonspotlights #lebanon #mylebanon #rice #farahscuisine

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11. The Kebbeh bi Labban

Another ultra-nutritious dish, elaborated and typical of the Lebanese countryside: the yoghurt kebbeh.

This is a variation of the previous dish, except that instead of meat, we choose kebbeh, these dumplings made from a mixture of bulgur and lamb or raw ground beef topped with cooked ground meat.

Recipe here.


10. The Rez 3a djej (Chicken Rice)

Chicken rice is a traditional Lebanese dish for a celebration or a Sunday family meal. It is distinguished by the pine nuts that often adorn it.

It's a particularly healthy dish that provides a good source of protein and good carbohydrates, provided you choose good basmati rice.

Discover the recipe here.


9. The Mehshi Koussa

Koussa is a typical Lebanese dish, based on stuffed zucchini. A pure delight, resolutely healthy.

Recipe here.

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I'm craving some of my old favorite stuffed "koussa." (zucchini) plate but I am trying to avoid that big load of carbs that comes with it! if you are thinking the same! this is the perfect recipe for you. it is a very tasty and delicious low-carb/high protein lunch for your next meal preparation with the same authentic taste of home with a little annacookingconcept twist of course! 🌟🌟🌟 LINK IN 🌟RECIPE🌟🌟🌟🌟 . #annacookingconcept .... #flatlay #flatlays #flatlaystyle #flatlaytoday #flatlayoftheday #flatlaylove #flatlayphotography #flatlayinspiration #flatlayphoto #flatlayfood #lowcarb #lowcardiet #lowcarblifestyle #lowcarbfood #lowcarbliving #lowcarbpaleo #lowcarbrecipes #lowcarblove #lowcarbdinner #lowcarbmeal #highprotein #highproteindiet #highproteinlowcarb #mealprep #mealprepideas #highproteinmeal #highproteinrecipes #lebanesefoodbloggers

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8. Vine leaves in the Lebanese style

Stuffed vine leaves are a typical and ancestral dish of the Lebanese diet.

Not only are vine leaves anti-inflammatory, but they are also an excellent source of fibre, vitamins A, C and K, and folate, iron, manganese and magnesium. Healthy, and healthy again.

Recipe here.


7. Moghrabieh

El Moghrabieh, literally "The Maghreb" in Arabic, is a kind of Levantine couscous. Much heavier than the previous dishes, for the blow, but which has its followers.

Recipe here.


6. Mjaddarah, lentil rice à la libanaise

A vegetarian dish based on rice with lentils (Mjaddara or Mujaddara) covered with caramelized onions that brings a succulent taste to this dish.

This farmer's dish is available in solid or pureed form. And contrary to its unsavoury look, believe me, it is a pure delight.

Recipe here.

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Mjadara couldn't be any better... @mrs.d_home_catering . Ingredients 2 cups small lentils 1 cup italian rice 1 big diced onion 6 cups water 1 ts ground cumin Salt to taste Wash lentils and strain, place in a pan with 6 cups of water, let them boil, when lentils are quarterly cooked add the rice. Lower heat and let cook slowly until lentils and rice are cooked. Fry the diced onion with olive oil, stir in the Mjadara when its half cooked. Put the cumin, Lower heat again and let cook. Crispy onions: 2 cups onion wings Sprinkle with salt and set aside for 15 mins, so the onions extract water. Sprinkle with around 3 tbs flour and coat the onions well, fry in a hot preheated pan with vegetable oil.... #mjaddara #mujadara #lentils #onions #crispyonions #lebanese #lebanesefood #homemade #homemadefood #mrsdhomecatering #mrsdhomecatering

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5. Mloukhieh - spinach the Lebanese way

One of the musts of grandmother's cooking is Mloukieh, also known as "Lebanese spinach".

It is actually vegetable Corète (and not spinach as such), which is cooked to visually give a stew of greenish leaves, served with chicken and rice noodles.

Recipe here.


4. The Fassolia

Another stew that no Lebanese could escape in his youth. I named it Fassolia, made from white beans and found in various forms from the Arab world to the Balkans.

We remain in the theme of ultra-rich and ultra-healthy at the same time, like many Lebanese dishes, and that we must know how to eat in moderation.

Recipe here.


3. Sheikh el Mehchi

Eggplant stuffed with minced meat cooked the Lebanese way. It is a typical meal of grandmother and, you can believe me, a pure wonder in the mouth. One of my favorite dishes.

Recipe here.


2. The Lebanese moussaka

In the same genre as the previous dish, the Lebanese moussaka is a vegetarian dish with eggplant, tomato, and chickpeas.

I, who do not appreciate the taste of the eggplant at the base, the Lebanese moussaka and the sheikh el mehchi are two dishes so succulent that the eggplant is incredibly sublimated, to the point of transforming any skeptical eggplant into a true vegetarian.

This dish can be eaten hot or cold. But then, "Moussaka" means "cold" in Arabic, so...

Recipe here.

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Another easy recipe for a clean healthy dish, delicious as a side or main meal. You'll need: 2 x aubergines 1 x can of chopped tomatoes 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 tsp coriander seeds 10 dates (more if you're a date lover🙊) 1 tbsp olive oil Recipe: Chop the aubergines into bite sized chunks. Place them on an oven tray, add the olive oil on top and mix well to coat the all the chunks. Meanwhile toast the fennel seeds in a pan then add them along with the coriander seeds to the aubergine chunks. Roast the lot in a preheated oven (180C) for about 30 mins. Mix the sugar in the chopped tomatoes then add the mixture to the tray and return to the oven for another 20 mins. Finally, chop up the dates into small pieces, add them to the tray and return the lot to the oven for another 10-20 minutes. Remove the baking tray, add salt and pepper to taste and serve garnished with coriander leaves 😋👍🏼

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1. Kechek's Creamy Soup

And the big winner of my top 20 is, against all odds... the Kishk!

It is a soup prepared with boulghour (crushed wheat) and goat's yoghurt (or cow's yoghurt depending on the village where it was made) that has been dehydrated and reduced to a very fine powder; as well as garlic that is sautéed in butter...

Kecheck has an absolutely incredible, strange, almost disturbing and yet divine taste. It's not a dish for the neophyte, its texture and taste are not accessible to untrained palates.

It is a real peasant soup, ultra rich, which provides a particular and immeasurably unique pleasure.

Recipe here.

How about you? What are your favorite Lebanese grandmother dishes? Tell me all about it!

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