Lebanese dishes

When it comes to food there is a great diversity in the Arab World. Lebanon‘s food, for example, is extremely varied because the Levant has such wealth of choice from agriculture, horticulture and fisheries.This explains why Lebanese restaurants are to be found in many cities all over the Arab world.

Here are some of the most well known Lebanese dishes:

  • Hummus (dip made from blended chickpeas and tahini)
  • Falafel (deep-fried patties made of spiced chickpeas and  fava beans) 
  • Mutabbal (dip made from puréed aubergines with sesame paste)
  • Taboule (parsley salad with mint, tomatoes, onion and bulgur)
  • Foul (braun beans) cooked with garlic and lemon juice. 
  • Fatousch (salad with fried Lebanese bread)
  • Schawarma (a sandwich with marinated meat skewered and cooked on large rods.)

Moroccan cuisine

At the other end of the Mediterranean, Morocco may be singled out because its cuisine is so distinctive. It also benefits, like Lebanon, from great wealth of food sources, such as fruit and vegetables, meat dishes, and a great variety of fish dishes. Hence it is very common to find Moroccan cooking in many Arab countries and Moroccan restaurants in non-Arab countries.

The most famous Moroccan dishes are tajine dishes, cooked in special pots made out of clay. Watch this video to find out more about a traditional tajine dish, being prepared in the desert.


Here are some words from Arabic  that you might already be familiar with. They are all related to food, drink and plants.

alcohol  al-kuHl


alfalfa  al-fiSfiSa


apricot al-barquuq


artichoke  al-kharshuuf


aubergine  al-baadinjaa


camphor kaafuur


candy qand 


coffee qahwa,


elixir  al-ikseer


hummus Hummus


jasmine yaas(a)meen


lemon  leimuun


lime leem


saffron  za3faraan


sugar sukkar 


tarragon tarkhuun



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