Eastern Food Popular 2023

January 02,2023

Eastern Food Popular 2023

After focusing on performing Umrah worship, there's nothing wrong for Friends to explore culinary tourism there. It would be a shame if you missed the enjoyment of Middle Eastern food which is rich in spices and delicious aromas.

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 Especially in the Mecca and Medina areas, Friends will find a variety of Saudi Arabian specialties that are appetizing, including Middle Eastern food. So, in your spare time while carrying out Umrah, you can enjoy the delights of Middle Eastern food that you may rarely find when you return to Indonesia.

 Approximately, what are the middle eastern foods that can be tasted? Check out the recommendations below, come on!

 1.Shawarmas or kebabs

Kebabs photo by IStock

 Who doesn't know this Middle Eastern food? Its popularity is worldwide, in fact many people from other countries like kebabs because of their delicious taste.

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 Maybe Friends often see various types of kebabs in Indonesia, but the taste of the original kebab or shawarma must be different, right? So, there's nothing wrong with trying kebabs while on Umrah or visiting Arab countries.

 2.Bukhari rice

Bukhari rice photo masala tv

 Judging from its appearance, bukhari rice is almost similar to kebuli rice and biryani, but it's actually different, you know. Nasi bukhari includes Middle Eastern food which is quite famous in the Arab region. Usually bukhari rice is served with grilled chicken and tomato sauce which is sour and spicy. Don't forget, plus slices of fresh cucumber and lettuce as a complement.


Samosas photo by spices in color

 If we take a quick look, this Middle Eastern food looks like fried patties filled with meat, doesn't it, friends? It turns out that in Saudi Arabia and other eastern countries it is called samosa. Samosa is a snack or snack filled with beef, lamb, chicken, vegetables, eggs or cheese. It is usually served as an appetizer when breaking the fast. Just like a patty, right?

4.Biryani rice

Biryani rice photo by cookpad

 The next middle eastern food is biryani rice which comes from Persia. The distinctive feature of this rice is that the size of the rice grains is bigger and longer, and the color is more yellowish. Besides being rich in Middle Eastern spices, biryani rice also uses the addition of yogurt in its processing, you know. Unique, huh?

 5.Kebuli rice

Foto: Recipesharesimple)

 Like brothers and sisters, it turns out that kebuli rice is also not much different from other Middle Eastern foods made from rice, such as bukhari rice, biryani rice, mandhi, and so on. What is different lies in the side dishes used, kebuli rice is complemented by processed goat meat with special spices. 

6.paratha bread

Paratha photo image credit istockphoto

 This Middle Eastern food is often said to be similar to Maryam Bread, even though the two are quite different, you know, friends. If ordinary roti canai is fried using more oil, while roti paratha doesn't need oil to fry it. The texture of paratha bread is also thinner and crunchier, it can be served sweet or salty depending on taste.


Falafel photo by the view great island

 If we look at the shape, this falafel looks like fried balls, right, friends? This Middle Eastern food is indeed fried balls or fried balls made from dough made from peanuts or fava beans, as well as spices typical of Eastern countries. Falafel is a Middle Eastern food that can be eaten alone or served with whole wheat bread (pita) and various types of fresh vegetables.

8. Haleem

Haleem photo by ndtv

 So, Middle Eastern food is identical to being served during the fasting month or Ramadan, you know. Haleem is a porridge-like dish made from wheat, lentils and meat. Besides being liked by some circles in Middle Eastern countries, haleem is also a favorite of the people of Hyderabad, India. Dare to try?


Mutabbaq photo by youtube

 Middle Eastern food that is a shame to miss is mutabbaq. In Indonesia, we can call this food martabak telor, friends. The difference is, in the middle of the mutabbaq it contains eggs, ricotta cheese, and chunks of goat, so when you bite or cut it, the mutabbaq tends to be creamier and tastier.

 10.Mandhi rice

Mandhi rice photo by archana's kitchen

 The name is funny, so how about the taste? Eits, it turns out that mandhi rice is one of the Middle Eastern foods which is a favorite of many people, you know. At first glance it looks like biryani rice, but the taste of spices in mandhi rice is not so pronounced. To make it more delicious, this Middle Eastern food is served with a sprinkling of raisins and fried or grilled chicken.


Tabbouleh photo by Flickr/ wikipedia

 Unlike the previous Middle Eastern food, it turns out that tabouleh is a typical Middle Eastern culinary dish, which is dominated by fresh vegetables. Tabbouleh is a vegetarian Arabic dish that is usually made of chopped tomatoes, parsley, mint leaves, green onions and bulgur (a cereal made from whole wheat). To make it even more delicious, tabbouleh is usually mixed with olive oil.


Manakeesh photo by simple lebanese

 Friends must be familiar with typical Italian pizza, right? It turns out that in the Middle East there is also a food similar to pizza, you know, namely manakeesh. However, this Middle Eastern food has a different topping from the usual pizza, namely white cheese with a salty taste or akawi type cheese combined with minced meat, sliced ​​tomatoes, cucumbers, and spicy sauce.


Hummus photo by kitchen in Istanbul

 Want to try other middle eastern food that is no less healthy? Maybe you should try the hummus. Hummus is a food made from chickpeas combined with other ingredients, such as lentini, tahini, olive oil, salt, lemon juice and garlic. All of these materials are mashed, the texture is like mush, but a little rougher.


Katayef by nutella

 One more middle eastern food that you can try, namely katayef. This one food is similar to pancakes with the addition of various fillings, ranging from sweet to salty. Usually this Middle Eastern food is sold during the fasting month as an appetizing takjil.

 Among the 14 middle eastern foods above, which dishes would you like to try while on Umrah? Even though the taste is not the same as the taste of food in Indonesia, there's nothing wrong with trying this dish, you know.

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