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If you enjoy cooking you'll love the great recipes.
The  catagories of Arabic, Persian, Turkish are primarily used to give some  order to the content.  Many of the same recipes, with different  terminology, are used across the entire region from Middle East,  Mediterranean, and Asia. Enjoy!

Cooking Tips & Warnings

  • Always cook what you enjoy. Learn the tricks of the trade first. Learn from your mistakes and try new things.
  • Always look for fresh produce. Cut out coupons for the expensive items like Olive Oil.
  • Stock up your kitchen with spices, herbs and invest in some nice pots and pans. Get some wooden spoons - that's all you need
  • When working with olive oil, keep the flame low. Olive oil is good for sauteing, but not frying.
  • When sauteing garlic, make sure you don't burn it. Burnt garlic ruins the pan and you will have to start all over again.

Baking Tips & Warnings

  • Read  through the recipe & gather the ingredients, make sure all pans and  equipment are clean and dry, wash & dry hands before starting.
  • Pre-measure  the flour & other ingredients. Use the best & freshest ones you  can find. Prepare any in advance, if necessary.
  • Use the appropriately sized baking pans & properly prepare them.  
  • Adjust oven shelves & preheat the oven. Use an oven thermometer.
  • Carefully  follow each mixing step in the recipe. DO NOT Over- or Under-Mix.  Each  step has a purpose. Use a kitchen timer to help you keep track of how  long to mix, etc.
  • Don't crowd the oven & avoid opening the oven door during baking. With certain recipes, rotate pans halfway through baking.
  • Pay special attention to baking times. Let your eyes, nose, as well as other indicators be your guide.
  • Cool baked goods thoroughly before serving or storing.
  • Finishing Touches
  • Store baked goods properly.

Persian Recipes:
Mast o Khiar (Cucumber & Yogurt Dip)
Mast o Khiar is a simple traditional Persian side dish. It can be served as a dip too.  You can use many different herbs (fresh or dried) such as dill, parsley, tarragon, etc.

Ghormeh Sabzi (Stew)
Ghormeh Sabzi is an Iranian herb stew. It is an important element of Persian cuisine, often said to be the Iranian ”national dish”

Tachin in Farsi and English
Tachin is a persian baked rice recipe that combines saffron, chicken and yogurt to create an exotic blend of decadence and extraordinary flavor.

Gaz (Pistachio Candy)
Gaz is the traditional name of Persian candy originating from the city of Esfahan, located in the central plateau of Iran. Made of pistachio or almond kernels, rosewater and egg white.

Arabic Recipes:
Tabbouleh is a Levantine salad made of bulgur, finely chopped parsley and mint, tomato and spring onion, seasoned with lemon juice and olive oil.','

Falafel (falafil) is a ball or patty made from ground chickpeas and/or fava beans. Falafel is usually served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flat bread known as lafa.

Pita Bread(kmaj or khubz) is a round pocket bread widely consumed in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. The ”pocket” in pita bread is created by steam, which puffs up the dough. As the bread cools and flattens, a pocket is left in the middle.

Turkish Recipes
Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.

Turkish Coffee
Turkish Coffee is a coffee prepared by boiling finely powdered roast coffee beans in a pot (cezve), possibly with sugar, and serving it into a cup, where the dregs settle.

Turkish Delight
(Lokum) is a confection that in the West is frequently manufactured from starch and sugar, but which in the Middle East takes a variety of forms more subtle, including premium varieties made almost solely of chopped dates, pistachios and hazelnuts or walnuts.
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