If you love olive oil, yoghurt, sumac and hummus, look no further—Palestinian food is bomb. Slightly less popular than Lebanese food, and often wrongly mislabelled as Israeli cuisine in the West, Palestinian food is (finally) having its moment. Chefs are bubbling up from the underground, and by doing so, they’re not only safeguarding their ancestors’ recipes—they’re preserving their identity. In a world where Palestine has been quasi-erased from the map, eating zeitoun and za’atar can sometimes be the only thing reconnecting Palestinians to their land.
But whether you eat it in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon or Tel Aviv, Palestinian cuisine is pure pleasure. Storied, humble and super flavourful, Palestinian food is generous and welcoming.
As we’re all spending much more time at home, and with restaurants closed – now is the best time to learn how to cook new dishes. Yalla, it’s time to ditch your quarantine pasta and banana bread; try out these five super easy Palestinian recipes today.
Lemony Cumin Lentil Soup
Cauliflower And Cumin Fritters With Mint Yoghurt
Herb And Za’atar Ijeh