Appetizers are bite size portion food served prior to the main course to whet our appetite and to set the right tone for the main meal to come.1 They have become an expected part of both formal and informal meals. Today, each and every culture has its own take on appetizers.
In the Middle East, appetizers are a choice of healthy and tasty dishes that suits almost everyone’s palette irrespective of the culture differences in the food. Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appetizers involve a lot of fresh and grilled items which make it healthy and appetizing. Although there are endless options for appetizers in Middle Eastern cuisine, some of them are really loved and widely eaten by the rest of the world too.
Let’s take a peek at some of them…
Hummus: The creamy chickpea puree is known to everyone. It is made of cooked chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Hummus is generally served as an accompaniment to other appetizers and grills.
Fatayer: AFatayer is generally known as a Middle Eastern meat pie that comes in different small shapes. It is a soft and fluffy baked pastry with a stuffing of meat, cheese, herbs or spinach.2
Falafel: Falafel is a deep fried patty or ball made from ground chickpeas or fava beans, or a combination of both. It is served as it is or sometimes in pita bread with a dip and salad.3
Sambousek/Samboosa: It is a fried pastry with a savory filling of either vegetables or minced meat. Although, this dish is of Middle Eastern origin it is a very popular snack in India with a filling of potato, onion and peas.
These appetizers have become a part of many cuisines now. The freshness and the involvement of simple and healthy ingredients in the food is the key to its popularity among other cuisines.
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