9 Super Easy Syrian Recipes to Try

From Damascus to the world

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When it comes to Middle Eastern food, Syrian cuisine holds its weight. Sure, there are the usual Middle Eastern culprits that everyone is pretty familiar with, like falafel, hummus, and labneh—all of which have gained their rightful place as globally loved foods. 

But Middle Eastern cuisine has much more to offer. A lot of traditional food in the Levant is quite similar, but Syrian food is particularly worth trying out. Cuisine from Syria is literally an amalgamation of everything the Middle East has to offer. 

If you’re into eggplants, garlic, fava beans and lamb—then you will love Syrian food. From Damascus to the world, these are the Syrian dishes you need to try. 

Fateh

Lahmeh Blsania

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One of my favourite recipes is Lahmeh blsania(15 mins preparation and serves 3 people). Ingredients: •1/2 kg of minced lamb (15% fat) •2 medium sized cooking onions •2 tomatoes •1 tbsp of red pepper paste (or tomato paste) •1 tbsp of mashed garlic •1 tsp of black pepper •1 tsp of salt •1 tsp of buharat (mixed spices) •1 tbsp of Greek yoghurt (or any yoghurt available) •1 tbsp of pomegranate molasses For toppings (optional): • tomatoes, pepper, red onion. Method: Preheat the oven to 180C. In a food mixer, put the onions, tomatoes, garlic and red pepper paste. Mash till you get a purée. Put the purée, yoghurt, pomegranate molasses, salt, black pepper and buharat over the minced lamb. Mix very well by hand. Put them in an oven tray and use your fingers to create shapes (like the picture). Top it with the chosen vegetables. Place them in the oven for 45 mins. Serve it with hummus or tahini and salad. #stayhome #syrianfood

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Kebbeh

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#كبة_بالصينية #كبة Kebbeh: Ingredients: • 200g fine bulgar wheat • 150g fat-free minced beef • 100g minced lamb • 2 chopped small onions • zest of half a lemon • 2 tsp black pepper • 2 tsp mixed spices • 1 tsp safflower • 2 tsp salt • melted ghee ( for lining and topping) Method: Preheat the oven to 200C. Fry one onion and the minced lamb in a pan with some salt, pepper and mixed spices. Leave aside to chill. Soak the bulgar wheat for 30 mins (the bulgar wheat will suck all the water and double-size) . Then, in a meat mincer, add the bulgar wheat, beef, onions, lemon zest, pepper, mixed spices and salt. (If the meat mincer is not available, use a food processor.) Line the oven tray with ghee. Stuff the fried lamb between two layers of the mixture. Cut into shapes. Brush the ghee and the safflower on top of it. Put it in the oven for 50 mins. #ramadan #kebbeh #stayhome

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Kabsah

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#كبسة_دجاج #chicken kabsah: Ingredients: • 1 whole chicken( or 8 pieces) • 300g rice • 1 chopped onion • 1 chopped red pepper • 1 chopped green pepper • 2 peeled and chopped tomatoes • 1 whole chilli (cut from a corner) • 50g raisins • 1 tbsp vegetable oil • a pinch of safflower (or turmeric) • 5 pieces of cloves • a pinch of cumin seeds • 1 cinnamon stick • 5 pieces of cardamom • 1 star anise (if available) • 1/2 tsp mixed spices • 1/2 tsp black pepper • 1 tsp salt Method: Clean the chicken very well (with white vinegar and salt if available). In a pan, fry the cumin seeds, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and star anise for one minute, then add the onion, red and green pepper, the chilli and the chopped tomatoes. Leave it for 10 minutes, then add boiled water. Keep it on medium heat for another 10 minutes. Add the chicken and cook for 50-60 minutes (until it is cooked. Test it with a fork). Get them out to an oven tray. Put them aside. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Add the rice to the pan (the liquid should be 1 cm over the rice, if not just add more boiling water). After it boils, turn the heat down , put the lid on and leave it for 20 minutes. Put the chicken in the oven 10 minutes before the rice is cooked. On a serving plate, place the chicken on top of the rice. #ramadan #stayhome #damascus #syrianfood #imadssyriankitchen

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Fool Mdamas

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Foolmdamas: Ingredients: •200g of dried broad beans. ( you can use canned ones or chickpeas instead) •1/4 of a red onion •1/4 tsp of bicarbonate of soda •1 squeezed lemon •1 tsp of mashed garlic •Mint, thyme, oregano (or any other fresh herbs available) •Cherry tomatoes (or any other tomatoes you have) •Chopped parsley •1/2 tsp of salt •1/4 tsp of ground cumin •A drizzle of olive oil Method: Soak the beans in water over night. Change the water before you boil it for 90 mins with the bicarbonate of soda (or until it softened). Change the water once more with hot water. (skip this if you are using canned beans (just warm them up)). In the food processor, mix the garlic, onion, lemon juice, herbs, salt and cumin. Drain the beans, top it with the mixture, chopped parsley and tomatoes. Stir it together with olive oil. (I love it served with hummus, flat bread and chilli.) #stayhome #breakfast

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Knafeh

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KNAFEH @oklava_ldn by @selinkiazim 💛💚🧡 Knafeh, kunafeh, konafa, all different ways of pronouncing one of the most popular desserts in the Middle East. Each country or region will have its own variation of fillings and flavours. The Levant is mostly known for their cheesy knafeh, crunchy shredded filo pastry filled with a mild cheese – usually akawi – and once cooked, it is drenched in the sweetest sugar syrup that’s lightly flavoured with rose or orange blossom water. || You can find recipes from our friends @ Oklava and other top chefs in our #CookForSyria and #BakeForSyria recipe book ❤️ . . #CookForSyria #BakeForSyria #knafeh || 📸 by @clerkenwellboyec1

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Ghraybeh

Harra Bi Isbao

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I’m Syrian and speak Arabic but don’t write or read it since I didn’t grow up in the Middle East. My kids have an Arabic tutor so that they don’t take after me☺️ She’s Syrian as well and so we chatted about food, and this Harra Bi Isbao which translates to “heat on his finger”. It’s a tangy lentil stew served with homemade dough dumplings and crispy onions. The kids are studying with Sham right now and I’m prepping this for dinner tonight after we spoke about it. I made this recipe for @cookforsyria and there is also a book. 100% of proceeds go to UNICEF for Syrian children in need. Link in bio if you would like to order the cookbook🙏🏼 #cookforsyria #lentil #pomegranate #Syrianfood #syrianchefs #syrianchef #daliaskitchen

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Kibbeh Bil Sanieh

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Baked Kibbeh (bulgur me mish te grire i pjekur ne furre)- Bulgur with minced meat- This is my way of making kibbeh, a traditional food in arabian and turkish cuisine. Today, I am making the version of arabian cuisine. You need just bulgur, minced meat, spices and onion. For more details, please check out my Ig story and highlight, searching with the name “ baked kibbeh”. 🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺 Kibbeh eshte nje ushqim tradicional ne guzhinen arabe dhe ate turke, por une sot po sjell versionin e guzhin s arabe, konkretisht versionin e pjekjes se bulgurit ne furre.Per te pare procesin me video, ju lutem kontrolloni pak me vone storyt e mia dhe kerkoni ne highlight me emrin “baked kibbeh”. Per kete recete ju duhen: 1 gote e gjysem bulgur, mish i grire ( 500-600 grame), 2 kokrra qepe, dy thelpinj hudher, menderz, cumin, piper i zi, kripe, vaj dhe bajame ose stika pishe per zbukurim. Fillimisht, tek bulguri do hedhim 3 gota uje te nxehte dhe e leme te pushoje per 30 min. Pasi ka pushuar, bulgurit i shtojme 1 qepe te grire dhe se bashku i hedhim ne blender ne menyre qe te marrim nje mase te njetrajtshme ( une kam perdorur griresen e mishit, por ju mund te perdorni blenderin e zakonshem). Pasi qepa eshte copetuar dhe kemi marre nje mase te njetrajtshme, shtojme tek bulguri 200-300 gr mish te grire, cumin, pak piper te zi, kripe dhe i punojme bashke derisa behet nje mase e njejte. Nderkohe, ne nje tigan, skuqim nje qepe te grire imet, dy thelpinj hudher, pjesen e mbetur te mishit te grire ( 300-400 gr), hedhim menderz, cumin, piper te zi dhe kripe. E heqim dhe e leme te ftohte pak. Ne nje tepsi, shtrojme nje sere me masen e bulgurit, i hedhim siper mbushjen me mish te grire, dhe e mbyllim me masen e mbetur te bulgurit. E presim ne format qe deshironi, e zbukurojme me stikat e pishes ose bajame, e sperkatim pak siper me vaj ulliri dhe e fusim ne furre ne 200 grad per 40 min ( pjekja varet nga soba juaj, rendesi ka te marre pak ngjyre ne kaf siper). #kibbeh#kibbehburghul#bulgur#bulgurköftesi#turkishfood#arabicfood#turkishcuisine#arabiccuisine#istanbulfood#syriafood#lebanonfood#ankarafood#kibbehnayeh#kibbehbilsanieh#kibbehlovers#kibbehblaban#rayyanakitchen

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