Herbs and Spices
Equal proportions of: Allspice, Black Pepper, White Pepper, Cinnamon, Ground Cloves, Ground Nutmeg, and Coriander.
Mistika – Arabic Gum
Aka Mastic, “Arabic Gum”, is a resin obtained from the mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus). It’s used to make the “Lebanese Nights” sweet.
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Tangy spice used in Fattoush salad, pies, and can be used with meats and barbqs. Can be easily found in Middle Eastern grocery stores.
Zaatar – Thyme Mix
A dried herb mix made from Wild Thyme, Sumac, Cumin, Coriander, Sesame Seeds and other spices. Used as paste or as seasoning.
- Check recipe to prepare it at home.
Essences and Syrups
Orange Blossom Water
Aka Mazaher, made by distilling orange tree flowers. Used in Lebanese and Arabic sweets like Baklava. Found in Middle-Eastern stores.
Tangy molasses made from Pomegranate. Used in salads and in meat pies. Can be found at local Middle Eastern grocery stores.
Aka Mawared, made by distilling specific types of roses. Used in Lebanese and Arabic sweets. Found at Middle Eastern stores.
Sauces and Pastes
Made with garlic, lemon juice, salt and oil. Used with Chicken Shawarma and BBQs. Found at select Lebanese grocery stores.
- Use recipe to prepare from scratch.
A delicious dip made by simply draining whey from plain yoghurt. Used as snack. Found in Middle Eastern grocery stores.
- Refreshing Labneh with Herbs recipe
Burghul – Cracked Wheat
Aka Hummus or Garbanzo Beans. Commonly used in Lebanese cuisine. Found in Middle Eastern and mainstream supermarkets.
Used in making Falafel, and stewed into “Fool” a famous Egyptian dish. Look for it in “Arab” owned Middle Eastern Grocery stores.
A red beans variety (haricot) used in stews (fasolia) and which can be found in Middle Eastern and mainstream supermarkets.