Now I gotta admit, Syrians prefer the more complicated recipes. They LOVE those recipes that take hours to make like kibbeh (bulgur fried food), yabrak (rolled vine leaves, and many more. But, when mom is busy, is on a low budget, does not feel like cooking, has some other chores to do around the house or just about any other reason, mom will make mjadarah. It is such a healthy and hearty dish that I am sure you will enjoy.
A simple go to recipe for moms in a hurry
A meatless meal that is high in fiber and rich in protein
Eej is probably one of my first attempts at making Syrian food. It is such an easy recipe that it has become my go to recipe for any potluck.
Some of my most memorable moments are when my coworkers and I had potlucks and got together for lunch. We used to have the BEST meals ever. As a newcomer to Aleppo, Syria, I didn’t know about many Aleppine appetizers. One day, as we were celebrating Muhammad’s birthday, my co-worker, I got introduced to “eej”, my favorite Syrian appetizer. One of my closest friends, Lama, got her mom to make it and we got to enjoy it. Yum!
A lot of dishes have variations throughout the Mediterranean region. having said that, I am yet to find someone from different countries or even Syrian cities that make this same dish. I have heard that the people of Idleb also make eej, but I haven’t heard of any one else.