Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

About Middle Eastern Food

Chopstick Cinema

This Week's Film: Children of Heaven (Redux)
Cuisine: Middle Eastern Curry

Middle Eastern food features a rich variety of ingredients and spices. The primary ingredients include lamb, chicken, fish, eggs, yogurt, goat cheese, lentils, beans, chickpeas, potatoes, rice, peppers, eggplants, spinach, grape leaves, tomatoes, okra, carrots, onions, lemons, limes, oranges, apples, cherries, rose water, raisins, dates, pomegranates, almonds, walnuts, and pistachios. Herbs include parsley, coriander, mint, dill, garlic stalks, black pepper, turmeric, fenugreek, saffron, sumac, cardamom, and cinnamon.

Preparation techniques include kebabs and other grilled meats, stuffed vegetables, stews served with various rice dishes, pickled vegetables, and a tempting variety of pastries and other sweets.

My Middle Eastern curry recipe will be posted at the end of the week, along with my Children of Heaven film review.