Top 10 Most Popular Middle Eastern Food Dishes


In the Arab speaking countries, from Oman to Morocco, the collection of Middle Eastern food dishes is very diverse, catering for all appetites, taste and cultural diversity.

While everyone has their favorite dish, we have selected Top 10 most popular Middle-Eastern food dishes that offer fresh, healthy, rich, and aromatic food experience — for every food lover.

10. Shish Tawook

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Shish taouk is a traditional marinated chicken shish kebab of Middle Eastern cuisine. Served with pure garlic paste, this simple skewered chicken dish is hugely popular in Lebanon, U.A.E, Syria, Egypt, and the Gulf region. Dishes are served with french fries and pita bread.

9. Shawarma

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Shawarma is a Levantine meat preparation, where lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, veal, or mixed meats are placed on a spit and may be grilled for as long as a day. Served either with rice and salads on the side or more commonly as wraps – with tomato, lettuce, and a simple yoghurt sauce on the side.

8. Om Ali

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Om Ali is an easy and delicious Egyptian sweet pastry dessert. It is a hearty pastry cooked in milk and cream. Versions are made with croissant pieces, raisins, pistachios, vanilla and condensed milk. Om Ali is a dessert that combines the creaminess of bread pudding and cinnamon nut stuffing of baklava.

7. Fattoush

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Fattoush Salad makes a frequent appearance on the Middle Eastern dinner table. This tangy salad is the combination of crispy lettuce, crunchy fried squares of pita, diced tomatoes, cucumbers and onion, garlic, lemon, olive oil and mint make for a refreshing addiction. Fattoush is a popular salad in Middle Eastern cuisine and especially in Lebanon and Jordan.

6. Moutabal (Baba Ghanoush)

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Moutabal (Baba Ganoush) is a Lebanese aubergine and tahini purée and comes in a variety of styles. In Moutabal, tahini is mixed with the smoked aubergine to create a paste-like dip served with warmed or crispy bread. In Baba Ghanoush, no tahini is used and the smoked aubergine is mixed with onions, tomatoes and other vegetables.

5. Tabouleh

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Tabbouleh is a Levantine vegetarian salad made of mostly finely chopped parsley with tomatoes, mint, onion, Bulgur, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Some variations add garlic or lettuce or use couscous instead of bulgur.

4. Falafel

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Falafel is a deep-fried ball, doughnut or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, that most likely originated in Egypt – the ultimate street food, which is most often served stuffed into pita bread.

3. Ful Medammas

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Ful Mudammas is a dish of cooked fava beans served with vegetable oil, cumin, and optionally with chopped parsley, garlic, onion, lemon juice, chilli pepper and other vegetables, herb and spice ingredients. This is a classic Egyptian dish that’s commonly eaten for breakfast in the Middle East.

2. Manakeesh

Manakeesh is a popular Levantine food consisting of round bread sprinkled with thyme, cheese, or ground meat. The pizza of the Arabic world, It’s ideal for breakfast or lunch.

1. Hummus

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Hummus is a Levantine spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. The spread can be slathered on anything from a burger or baked potato to the traditional hot pita bread.