From the name of this site itself, you know we are head over heels with hummus. It’s a Levantine dip that we can’t get enough of, and it has grown in popularity everywhere. A meal with hummus is a meal served with love and taste indeed.
Be that as it may, it may be time to expand our horizons further as there are more Middle Eastern Dips worth mentioning. We aren’t suggesting you give up your passions for hummus, but let’s try something different every once in a while.
Without further ado, here are dips you should get acquainted with.
Here’s something to spice up your meal. Muhammara originated from Aleppo, Syria and has been a mainstay in most Levantine and Turkish cuisines. You can use it as a spread for toast, a dip for bread, or even as sauce for some grilled meat and fish.
2. Baba Ghanoush
This dish is interpreted in Arabic as “pampered daddy,” so you might want to serve this up to your dad on fathers day. It’s cooked with primarily eggplant, tahini, olive oil, and various seasonings of your choice. If you want a new starter, here’s one.
Labneh is its Arabic name, but if you are trying to look for it elsewhere, it is known as either strained yogurt or Greek yogurt. Basically, it still has that sour taste as any yogurt minus the whey content, making it thicker.
4. Ful Medames
Ful medames is considered a staple food of Egypt, and is most common in Cairo and Gizah. It’s a delicious combination of fava beans, vegetable oil, and cumin. You can add optional ingredients such as parsley and garlic depending on your preference.
Served as a traditional starter in some Arab homes, the Tabbouleh, also spelled as Tabouli, is a vegetarian dish best for those who are diet-conscious. Similar to the famous hummus, it has also gained popularity in other territories because of its distinctive taste.
If Tabbouleh requires ingredients to be finely chopped, the fattoush does it otherwise. The vegetables are cut into larger pieces and are combined with toasted or fried pieces of Arabic flat bread.
Of course, who could forget hummus and its delicious variations? I don’t think we need to describe it any further.
In this section, we will get to learn more about these exquisite dips, so feel free to choose your pick!