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 🙂
There’s a common misconception that kibbeh is all about the meat but the truth is far from it! There are more vegan options of Kibbeh than meat, though the meat is the most popular. Some of the vegan options are lentil kibbeh, potato kibbeh and a favorite that happens to be this recipe, pumpkin kibbeh! Continue reading
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.
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
Tabouleh- a staple in a Lebanese diet, this and baked potato chips have to be one the best low fat vegan dinners ever! The first time I attempted to make tabouleh I was shocked at how long the parsley took to pick and chop! See notes below for my cheat tip 😉
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!
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
I love it when my Mama is over I take advantage and ask her to cook with me a Lebanese dish 🙂 Ofcourse we always argue at how much oil and salt goes in, however I always win!
I love finding different variations of humus so when I came across this one I knew I had to make it, plus I always have chickpeas and sweet potato in my pantry, so no super market trip for this one!
Super easy to do as always-
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 🙂
Since my vegan transition I have been experimenting with lots of different ingredients,vegetables and fruits! So many dishes so little time 🙂 This dish here has become a staple when I have guests over, I just love the colors 🙂
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 🙂