mjadarah a Mediterranean bulgur main dish made of bulgur, lentils, fried onions and garnished with parsley

Mjadarah | A Mediterranean Bulgur Recipe

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.

Why Mjadarah?

  • A simple go to recipe for moms in a hurry
  • A meatless meal that is high in fiber and rich in protein
  • A perfect meal for meatless Mondays

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Njoomiyeh A Mediterranean yogurt side dish made of yogurt, cucumbers and dried mint

Njoomiyeh | A Mediterranean Yogurt Recipe

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.

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Vegan Syrian Appetizer Eej made of bulgur a type of wheat and fresh tomato juice and a bunch of spices

Eej | A Cold Bulgur Appetizer Recipe

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.


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