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Here are some Middle Eastern dishes for easy cooking

Well suited for our taste buds, these recipes are a hoot

When it comes to dipping into the middle-eastern food items, right from the ingredients used to the taste of the end product, all have a similarity with Indian cooking. As simple as they look, with the minimalistic ingredients middle-eastern cuisine is exceptionally delicious. While the non-vegetarian variety is never-ending, its vegetarian dishes are something that you can make from scratch using whatever you got in your kitchen. So here is a list of recipes of a few tasty and easy make middle-eastern dishes.

Falafel

For this, all you need is one cup of dried chickpeas, one large chopped onion, chopped cloves garlic, three tablespoons chopped parsley, one teaspoon cumin seeds, one teaspoon coriander, four tablespoons flour, salt, and pepper as per taste—lastly, half a pan of oil for frying the falafels.

Begin with soaking in the chickpeas overnight. The next day, drain the chickpeas, fill in freshwater, and put to boil. After five minutes of boiling, let it simmer on low heat for about an hour. Make sure you do not overcook them; let them be a little firm. Once done, drain and let it cool. To the chickpeas, add onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, add flour. Combine this together well, mashing the chickpeas with your fingers. Meanwhile, in a frying pan, keep the oil to heat. Once the mixture is ready, roll balls of it and put them to fry. Fry the falafel balls till golden brown.

Pita Bread

For this, all you need is one package of yeast, half a cup of water, one teaspoon granulated sugar, three cups all-purpose flour, one fourth teaspoons salt, one cup water, one tablespoon of vegetable oil, two tablespoons fresh parsley.

Begin by dissolving the yeast in half a cup of warm water. To this, add sugar and stir until it is all dissolved. Now, let this mixture sit for about 15 minutes until you see the water becoming frothy. In another bowl, combine the flour, salt and then slowly pour half a cup of yeast water. Followed by the one cup of warm water and stir this with a wooden spoon spatula until the batter becomes elastic. Pour the dough on the slab and knead for 15 minutes once it is smooth and elastic. Now roll small flatbread and bake in the oven or a pan.

The other middle-eastern dishes to enjoy are Turkish coffee, Kofta, and Hummus, to name a few.

Nirtika Pandita

A follower of Master Oogway, living by his words of Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why it is called the ‘Present’, I am trying to master the art of now. Keeping that in the center I am combining my professional prowess as a writer and nerves of a gastronaut to conquer the Saha world.
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