9 Palestinian Recipes You Need to Try to Cook This Ramadan

From herbs to spice to everything nice, Palestinian cuisine gives you a taste of different Arab countries all in one plate. While the style of each dish varies from one cook to another, it’s the nuances in flavours that make these top Palestinian recipes a hearty meal for every home. 

Whether you want something different or you just want a taste of home, here are some of the best Palestine dishes you need to try out.

Bread and Appetizers

1. Mutabbal

Main ingredients: Eggplant, lemon, tahini, garlic.
Prep and cooking time: 30 minutes.

If you like your dips smoky, savory, and garlicky, mutabbal is definitely a must-try!

Often confused with baba ganoush because of their similarities in ingredients and preparation, mutabbal is actually a different recipe that uses tahini (sesame paste) instead of tomatoes and other vegetables. 

Use it as a dip for either raw vegetables or pita bread, and you’d surely set the mood for a hearty meal. 

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2. Shorbet ‘Adas

Main ingredients: Red lentils, olive oil, vegetable stock, onion, parsley, herbs and spices.
Prep and cooking time: 20-30 minutes.

Shorbet ‘Adas, more commonly known as red lentil soup, plays an important role during Ramadan as it is served almost every day for the entire holy month, making it a staple meal starter in every Palestinian home. 

A healthy appetizer rich in potassium, protein, fibre, and B-vitamins, shorbet ‘adas keeps your stomach and your heart healthy whether it’s fasting season or not. 

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3. Fattoush

Main ingredients: Tomatoes, freshly-picked herbs and vegetables (raddish, lettuce, cucumber, and the likes), spices, extra virgin olive oil, pita bread.

Prep and cooking time: 15 minutes.

Making a regular appearance in Middle Eastern tables, fattoush is a healthy, easy-to-do starter (or snack) that leaves you feeling full and healthy. Just chop all the ingredients, toss them all together, and eat your heart out! 

Pro tip: Make sure you use freshly-picked ingredients and, if you can, toast your own pita bread instead of opting for store-bought ones. Trust us, it makes all the difference! Also, you can add chicken to this salad recipe. 

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4. Spinach Fatayer

Main ingredients: All-purpose flour, spinach, canola oil, walnuts, spices and herbs, cheese, meat.

Prep and cooking time: 1 hour.

Fatayer is a beautiful bread recipe that’s both yummy and healthy. Perfect as a heartwarming snack, this tasty recipe is light yet satisfying, and it can be served with the filling of your choice. Chicken or lamb, it’s all up to you. 

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Full Meals from Breakfast to Dinner Tables

1. Shakshouka 

Main ingredients: Eggs, coriander (cilantro), extra virgin olive oil, garlic, red bell pepper plum tomatoes, herbs and spices.

Prep and cooking time: 40 minutes.

The epitome of a sumptuous egg recipe that can be served both at the breakfast and dinner table, shakshouka has all the right spices to keep your blood pumping throughout the day. After cooking and baking, it is usually served with pita bread. 

Pro tip: It can be dressed up or down depending on the vegetable varieties you want to add or scratch out of the pan. 

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2. Maqluba

Main ingredients: Rice, herbs, spices, vegetables, lamb, beef, or chicken meat.

Prep and cooking time: 1 hour and 45 minutes.

An all-in-one dish served upside down? It can only be Maqluba! Known as the national dish in Palestine, maqluba is a layered, one-pot rice dish that comes in different varieties. It doesn’t matter if you prepare it using chicken, lamb, beef, or no meat at all as long as you flip it upside down because that’s the main cooking principle behind this popular dish. 

The ingredients are cooked before they are layered in one pot for the final step-boiling. Once the liquid dries up, it is flipped upside down for serving. For plating purposes, you may sprinkle nuts and herbs on top. 

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3. Ful Mudammas 

Main ingredients: Canned fava beans, onion, garlic, lemon, herbs and spices.

Prep and cooking time: 35 minutes.

Ful mudammas is an ancient Middle Eastern recipe that serves as a perfect heart-healthy meal any time of the day and is also a popular Vegan recipe too. While it is still typically served meatless with pita bread on the side, you can now add meat to this basic recipe if you want more variety and flavour. 

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4. Moussaka

Main ingredients: Eggplant, ground beef or lamb, herbs, spices, tomato sauce, milk, all-purpose flour, parmesan cheese.

Prep and cooking time: 1 hour and 45 minutes.

One of our personal faves.

Moussaka is a dish typically served cold in Palestinian homes that’s equally tasty eggplant casserole recipe, hot or cold. Although this recipe bears Greek origins, it has reached Arab households, where it has been modified to capture that distinct Mediterranean taste, because of its rich and bold flavours. 

And just to add, this dish can also be served without any meat, too. A well-balanced meal served at the dinner table, moussaka is proof that the best things in life are always a mix of heart-healthy options. 

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5. Shish Barak

Main ingredients: yogurt sauce, garlic, coriander, lamb, herbs, all-purpose flour, butter.

Prep and cooking time: 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Shish Barak has quickly become a comfort food in Palestine, Jordan, and Syria because of its homey feel. Think of a dish that always reminds you of your mum’s home-cooked meals, and you’d know why shish Barak is the go-to of many Mediterranean homes. 

Basically, this dish is similar to a ravioli-slash-dumpling meal made with lamb, herbs, and yogurt sauce. To be honest, it’s quite time-consuming to prepare especially if you are making a dough from scratch, but as they say, “good things (and good food) come to those who wait”. 

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Food in Palestine is just as rich as its history and culture, so this list doesn’t quite sum it all up. But for now, enjoy these tasty and healthy treats, and let us know which ones you attempt to make via our Instagram!

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