Rediscovering Palestinian Cuisine

Category: Main Dishes

Arabic Summer Dinner – Samak Mashi

Arabic Summer Dinner – Samak Mashi

What to do when it’s 99F in Boston? Cook in your apartment that has no central AC, of course. Cover all the windows with sheets to keep out the sun, old country style. Get your scientist friend (who is also your resident bartender) to make […]

Easy Arabic Summer Lunch

Easy Arabic Summer Lunch

A few weeks ago I had some friends over for Arabic food. Though I’ve known them a few years, busy schedules and life responsibilities have prevented us from getting together for a meal in quite some time, and homemade lunch/dinner seemed like the perfect opportunity […]

Kifta bi Tahina: Arabic Meatballs in Tahina-Lemon Sauce

Kifta bi Tahina: Arabic Meatballs in Tahina-Lemon Sauce

  By now you know I take dimly-lit photos on my prehistoric iPhone SE. I also don’t do fancy plating or much food styling, which is surprising for someone as concerned with aesthetics as I am. It’s one part laziness and partially that I prefer […]

Warak Dawali: Stuffed Grape Leaves

Warak Dawali: Stuffed Grape Leaves

Warak (leaves) dawali (grape vine) is what you may more commonly know as dolmas (the Turkish word for fill or stuff). Warak dawali is the Palestinian version, and instead of dolma, our word for stuffed is mashi. The fact is, we love to stuff everything: eggplant, […]

Maftoul: Palestinian pearl “couscous”

Maftoul: Palestinian pearl “couscous”

Winter is coming, and I am not happy about this. It’s October and I’m already bracing myself. My Mediterranean genes did not evolve to withstand cold weather, okay? There is a reason I lived in California for a decade. Regardless, here I am, settled in […]

Kibbet Laa’tin (Pumpkin Kubbeh)

Kibbet Laa’tin (Pumpkin Kubbeh)

Remember kubbeh?  Those little footballs of lamb, onions, and spices wrapped in a crispy jacket of bulgur? It’s our FAVORITE at Intifooda, but is almost never made due to lack of time and chronic weekend laziness. The good news is, today was a sick day, […]

Italian Sunday Dinner

Italian Sunday Dinner

 We don’t always cook Italian food, but when we do…. it results in a meal far too extravagant for our weekday selves. Weekday Rasha K. is usually prostrate on the couch by 7pm, having eaten leftovers from the prior night’s experiment, while Rasha S.’s […]

Kousa Mahshi: Stuffed Zucchini in Tomato Sauce

Kousa Mahshi: Stuffed Zucchini in Tomato Sauce

Eaten widely throughout the Levant, Egypt, and even the Balkans, mahshi is ideal for vegetarians if you choose to omit the lamb from the rice stuffing (called hashweh). In this recipe we stuff zucchini or, courgettes, but Palestinians like to stuff everything–eggplants, bell peppers, grape […]

Maqloubeh (upside down rice with Lamb, Eggplant, and Cauliflower)

Maqloubeh (upside down rice with Lamb, Eggplant, and Cauliflower)

Maqloubeh is a quintessentially Palestinian creation of fragrant, spiced rice, lamb or chicken, cauliflower, and eggplant that is topped with sauteed pine nuts. Maqloubeh, which literally means “upside-down” is popular across the Eastern Mediterranean and has gained exposure in Israeli cuisine as well. Recently, we […]

Arabic Roast Lamb

Arabic Roast Lamb

The lamb’s unique succulence and rich flavor is the embodiment of Middle Eastern cuisine from ancient times. The Palestinians cook lamb in a variety of dishes–from the incredibly tasty stuffed whole lamb embellished with aromatic spices, to stews, stuffing for vegetables, and topping for breads. […]