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Susan Jung's recipes

Middle Eastern recipes for lamb kebabs, falafel, baklava and more

  • Make these delicious dishes at home for a feast of Middle Eastern food
  • They’re worth the effort, believe us, and we’re letting you use frozen filo pastry
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 December, 2018, 6:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 December, 2018, 6:08am

The cuisines of the Middle East are varied, although there is quite a lot of overlap, and many countries say their version of a certain dish is the original. It’s too difficult (and too political) to get into that, so I won’t; I’ll just say that I love the food and am happy to eat it whenever I get the chance. Here are a few Middle Eastern dishes to make at home.

Minced lamb kebabs and barbecued quail with pomegranate molasses glaze (with a bonus recipe for chicken wings with green curry and peanut marinade)

These recipes are best done on an wood-fired (or charcoal) grill, but can also be cooked in the oven.

Falafel

I’ll admit that made-from-scratch falafel is much more difficult than using a boxed mix, but the results are worth it. We tell you how to make hummus, tzatziki and grilled aubergine too.

Baklava and potato and egg brik

These recipe use fine sheets of filo pastry. Thaw the frozen pastry in the fridge, and cover it while you’re working with it or it will dry out and crumble.