Lentils &Rice (Mdardara)

Whenever my mom is in town I use it as opportunity to learn a new vegan lebanese dish. This time she recommended Mdardara saying it does not get easier than this, and it really doesn’t! Don’t confuse this with the Mjadara which also consists of lentils but is mashed up and uses a different type or lentils. I will leave that recipe for a different post 🙂

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Spinach Lentil Salad with Date Balsamic Dressing

This is the first valentine I have as a married women and full time vegan! So I wanted to make it extra special and cook a V Day feast at home. I’ve always been that person who thought they don’t need a valentines day to show partners they care, but I have to admit I now see the value in having a special day set out as It’s easy to get wrapped up in the day to day.

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So our menu started off with a beetroot soup(not pictured), lentil salad, main dish was ‘ricotto’ stuffed pasta shells and finished off with raspberry sorbet and chocolate covered strawberries

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Spicy Potato (Batata Harra)

I had a small dinner party last week and decided to give Batata harra a try. It was quite difficult to get the recipe quite right without using so much oil but in the end turned out quite good!

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The batata harra was one part of my mezza, here are some of the others. My Lebanese Vegan Mezza ❤

Batata harra, Tabbouleh, eggplant dip aka mutabel and hummos

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Moghrabieh (Lebanese Couscous)

This dish would not be familiar to everyone, the closest thing it would resemble is a large grain couscous. This dish is quite popular in Beirut and always reminds me of my childhood. My mama spent the weekend with me so I asked her to make this dish with me and help me “veganize” it which surprisingly is not very hard at all 🙂

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Spinach With Garlic (Hindbeh)

The Lebanese cuisine is filled with so many amazing vegan options and this is one of them. I will be in Lebanon next week which is SO exciting, I will make sure to update my instagram (rana.banana) with all the yummy vegan finds!

Traditionally this is made with swiss chard leaves and is called Hindbeh, however it is not so easy to find fresh swiss chard in Dubai so we used Spinach instead. By we, I mean my father and I 🙂

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