It looks Christmasy with its green background and red specks and whitish freckles. It’s my favorite kind of salad. I can have just a huge bowl for dinner and call it a night. Syrians in general love eating it as a side next to yalanji (vegan stuffed vine leaves) and pizza and manakeesh. My favorite is eating it with lettuce or cabbage. Read More »
Whether you’re having yabrak (rolled vine leaves), mjadarah (bulgur or rice and lentil dish), or maqloobeh (upside down eggplant and rice dish), you will want to have njoomiyeh on the side. It’s a quick and easy Mediterranean recipe.
All my life, I asked my mom to make me the yogurt with cucumbers side dish. And that’s exactly what I used to call it. Yogurt and cucumber with garlic thingy. Until, one day, my niece, Salwa, said: “tete (Syrian for grandma) can you make us njoomiyeh?” I had never heard anyone call it like that before, but I’ve been calling it njoomiyeh ever since.