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kibbet batata -spicy mash potatoes served in a bowl
Spicy Potato Mash (kibbet-batata) 992 661 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Spicy Potato Mash (kibbet-batata)

Spicy Potato Mash (kibbet-batata) is a twist to the bowl of mashed potatoes. No cream or butter here, but aromatic spices and herbs, drizzled with olive oil and a pop of flavour. This dish is very satisfying, and healthy. It’s also naturally vegan and gluten-free in itself.   Ingredients a strip of red capsicum (approximately…

roasted carrots and labneh
Roasted Carrots and Labneh 992 661 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Roasted Carrots and Labneh

Carrots tossed in aromatic spices, then roasted and served on a bed of creamy labneh. This Middle Eastern exotic side dish is full of flavour and texture and delicious to the last bite. The sweet and creamy combination makes the perfect vegetarian side dish. Ingredients 5 medium-sized carrots peeled & halved lengthways ½ teaspoon cinnamon…

Batata Wu Bayd
Egg And Potato Mash (Batata Wu Bayd) 850 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Egg And Potato Mash (Batata Wu Bayd)

The incredibly comforting Middle Eastern Egg And Potato Mash (Batata Wu Bayd) is a great breakfast or brunch recipe idea. You could have it for lunch, dinner or on those lazy days when you don’t feel like cooking. Let me also share with you these 13 easy Middle Eastern breakfast ideas made with only a…

oven roasted chicken wings
Oven Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken Wings 992 661 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Oven Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken Wings

Oven roasted garlic and lemon chicken wings are lemony, garlicky and the easiest chicken wings you’ll ever make.  The marinade is loaded with a balanced tangy Middle Eastern style dressing, giving you a moist, juicy yet crispy result. Serve them with a garlic dipping sauce. Chicken wings are also delicious when barbecued with that extra…

Tangy Garlic Lamb Bites
Tangy Garlic Lamb Bites 960 1163 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Tangy Garlic Lamb Bites

Tangy garlic lamb bites is a Middle Eastern style diced lamb recipe, packed full of flavour and pan-fried to perfection in a delicious garlic lemon sauce. Ready in 15 minutes or less, these savoury bites with spicy garlic roast potatoes will make all of your family go crazy! Trust me, your kids are going to…

kibbeh Nayeh served with onion and raddish
Kibbeh Nayeeh (Lamb Tartare) 851 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Kibbeh Nayeeh (Lamb Tartare)

I’m so excited to share with you this authentic and festive Middle Eastern dish known as kibbeh nayeeh (lamb tartare). Freshness is key to any good, safe raw tartare. You should only eat this lamb tartare if the meat is fresh and has been minced on the same day. Don’t even consider using the ready…

baklawa tray held by hand
Cashew Filled Baklawa 2048 1363 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Cashew Filled Baklawa

This cashew-filled baklawa is so simple to make. Baklawa recipes vary in the type of nuts used and in their presentation. Traditional Baklawa is either in the shape of a cigar, diamond, or square. As you all know, I love to present my food in a modern way — the Rouba twist, as I call…

za'atar croissants
Za’atar Croissants 1732 1155 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Za’atar Croissants

I love puff pastry homemade za’atar croissants without the extra time and fuss. These mini croissants are sinfully easy to make and are absolutely delicious. They are perfect for mornings, parties, or your next coffee break. Make a batch of them with just 3 ingredients for a wonderful Middle Eastern style breakfast. Traditional croissant dough…

galyat bandoura served with mezza style food
Diced Beef With Tomato 992 661 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Diced Beef With Tomato

Diced beef with tomato is the perfect food to scoop your crusty bread into. Minimum effort is required for this simple traditional dish.  This basic beef and tomato recipe is what our farmers used to eat for a simple and quick bite. Diced beef and tomato is usually eaten with fresh Arabic bread alongside other…

charred capsicum bruschettas served on wooden board
Charred Capsicum Bruschetta 1732 1154 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Charred Capsicum Bruschetta

A great tasting charred capsicum bruschetta starts with quality ingredients. Try this irresistible idea for your next dinner party—little tasty bruschettas of garlic bread topped with delicious ingredients.⠀ Ingredients sourdough or baguette bread sliced (2½ -3 cm thick) chargrilled capsicum strips feta cheese diced into small cubes black olives pitted and halved spring onion finely…

crunchy date treats on a silver tray
Crunchy Date Treats 992 661 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Crunchy Date Treats

These soft and chewy crunchy date treats are an easy and fast dessert you can whizz up in under 20 minutes.  Combining dates with crushed nuts or coconut is the best way to complement their sweet taste. For an even quicker date recipe, check out my coconut and nut stuffed dates. Ingredients 500 grams dates…

Pearl Couscous and Chickpea Salad served
Pearl Couscous And Chickpea Salad 992 661 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Pearl Couscous And Chickpea Salad

This easy pearl couscous and chickpea salad is perfect for entertaining or alongside a casual barbecue. Tossed with a quick homemade garlic zesty dressing, it can be the ideal side dish for your next picnic. Like many of my other salads, this dish is a complete meal in itself. Ingredients 300 grams pearl couscous 1…

homemade chili paste in a bowl
How To Make Chilli Paste 850 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

How To Make Chilli Paste

This is a versatile chilli paste recipe made with fresh chilli and herbs. Use it as a condiment, sauce, spread, or throughout your cooking for heat and flavour. It’s delicious and a must-have in the refrigerator. It’s delicious alongside lamb roast and the perfect balance to many dishes such as wholegrain cracked wheat in tomato…

Sandwich Peanut Butter Cookies
Sandwich Peanut Butter Cookies 1732 1155 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Sandwich Peanut Butter Cookies

Try this slight variation to the peanut butter cookies for a soft and chewy sweet treat. This sandwich peanut butter cookies recipe is amazingly easy and the perfect dessert for those hot summer days. Each bite is heavenly goodness of two soft biscuits packed with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. Ingredients 200…

dates stuffed with nuts and coconut
Coconut And Nut Stuffed Dates 851 600 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Coconut And Nut Stuffed Dates

Coconut and nut stuffed dates are a must-try for those craving something sweet. Dates are a Middle Eastern delicacy with which we break our fast during Ramadan. This recipe shows you how to turn them into a delicious sweet treat by stuffing them with nuts and coconut. Stuffing them with crushed nuts or coconut flakes…

chicken chops
Oven Roasted Chicken Chops 2560 1707 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Oven Roasted Chicken Chops

These oven roasted chicken chops are simple and so easy to make. These juicy chops are coated with a garlic and chilli marinade, seasoned with salt and black pepper, and flavoured with dried herbs. They’re ideal for quick weeknight dinners or served as a main at dinner parties. The best part of this recipe is…

crispy bread sticks on a christmas lunch table
Crispy Breadsticks 1731 1154 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Crispy Breadsticks

These crispy breadsticks are a keeper! Quick and easy homemade breadsticks are perfect with many dips or as an irresistible snack. This will be the talk of your dinner party. Za’atar spice, sumac, and salt go perfectly well with these. I love serving them in a simple vase. You can oil and bake these breadsticks…

basil pesto on black board
Walnut Basil Pesto 1732 1155 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Walnut Basil Pesto

Walnut basil pesto can be used as an accompaniment to many roast dishes and it tastes delicious used in this pesto spaghetti with sundried tomatoes. Ingredients 1 cup basil leaves (firmly packed) 1 garlic clove ½ red chili 3 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese 10 walnuts salt and pepper 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice 3 tablespoons olive…

sesame slice-semesmieh
Sesame Slice (Semesmieh) 1732 1155 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Sesame Slice (Semesmieh)

This crunchy sesame slice (Semesmieh) takes under 15 minutes to prepare and is packed with healthy ingredients. Made with sesame seeds and nuts combined with rich honey, the sesame slice is easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. These ingredients speak for themselves, and you only need a handful of them to make a delicious light…

broad bean and burghul pilaf
Broadbean And Bulgur Pilaf 850 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Broadbean And Bulgur Pilaf

Broad-bean and Bulgur Pilaf is simple to make and also the best weeknight dinner ready in a flash with loads of flavour.  It’s hearty, nutritious, and delicious.   Bulgur is cracked wheat in Arabic.  The addition of bulgur adds a nutty element to this dish making it incredibly tasty. For a gluten-free option, you will love…

choc chip peanut butter cookies served on a board
Choc Chip Peanut Butter Cookies 1732 1155 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Choc Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Choc chip peanut butter cookies are crispy on the outside, soft and slightly chewy on the inside and ready in just 15 minutes! No chill time is required. This is my go-to best peanut butter cookie recipe and a super delicious morning tea snack. With just four main ingredients, these simple peanut butter cookies will…