With its spiced meats and soft breads, Middle Eastern cuisine is a treasure trove of rich and diverse flavors. Much of these flavors come from the condiments served with the dishes. Let’s have a look at a few of these amazing Middle Eastern condiments divided into two categories!
Feel The Burn
Shatta: If you’re looking for an introduction to Middle Eastern hot sauces, Shatta is a great place to start. There are red and green variations of this sauce, both of which are basic mixtures of ground chili peppers, olive oil, and a few spices such as cumin and coriander. Try it with falafel or hummus!
Zhug: This condiment is more of a paste in olive oil, but with plenty of heat. The process of making Zhug starts with the grinding of a spice mixture (usually cardamom, coriander, cumin, and black pepper) with chili peppers and cilantro to form a thick, spicy paste. Olive oil is then added into the mix. It’s great as a dipping sauce for vegetables or pita!
Muhammara: Looking for more texture? Try Muhammara! In addition to pepper, spices, and olive oil, this sauce also includes breadcrumbs and chopped walnuts. Though it is most often used as a dipping sauce for pita or vegetables, many people also use it with meat dishes such as kofta.
Soothe Your Tongue
Yogurt Sauce: For those who need to douse the fire on their tongue or just prefer more mild condiments, yogurt sauce is a great option! It’s a refreshing sauce made primarily of yogurt, cucumbers, lemon juice, and spices of choice. This sauce is delicious with shawarma or meatballs.
Tarator: Tarator is a fresh, versatile sauce that can be paired with almost any type of meat or vegetable. It is also very easy to make! Just blend tahini (ground sesame paste) with lemon juice, garlic, parsley, and salt. We think this sauce is especially delicious on hot summer days when we’re craving something cool.
Toum: This sauce is often compared to mayonnaise and yogurt sauce, except with more garlic. It’s smooth, rich, and flavorful with dishes like pasta or chicken skewers. If you’ve got a food processor and a few basic ingredeints, you can make Toum at home! Just grab some lemon juice, garlic cloves, canola oil, and salt, and you’re ready to go.
Which of these Middle Eastern condiments have you tried? Which one would you like to try first? Let us know!
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