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Lebanese foods and food customs in Lebanon:

Lebanese cuisine is usually Mediterranean cuisine. Most traditional Lebanese dishes are very simple ,and for making these delicious foods they use cereals ,beans and vegetables most of the time . Sometimes the people in Lebanon used from a food ingredient such as chickpeas in different ways and in a variety of foods . In Lebanese foods use ingredients like yogurt ,cheese ,cucumber,eggplant ,chickpeas,whole grains such as almonds and pistachios and also tomatoes and sesame . The very artistic food mixed and then we can make many varied foods by using them . Parsley and mint are also used as much as onions,garlic and lemons . Lebanese dishes are usually spicy . In fact ,Lebanese chefs tend to focus spices and freshness of foods rather than types of sauces .

Lebanese food

It is interesting to know,Lebanese rarely use animal fats in their diet and have limited their use of butter and cream to just a few desserts.  bird meat is also preferred to red meat . Lebanese coastal people prefer the lamb and the mountainous area will choose goat meat . Rarely you do find Lebanese food that lacks olive oil ,garlic and lemon juice.  Most Lebanese dishes are also made by barbecuing ,roasting or with olive oil .

Lebanese food :

Lebanese usually serve some appetizers before the main meal . Each of these snacks put into plates and called meza . The Lebanese  meza is made from two tasty salads called Tabbuleh Fatush , Hummus (a mixture of chickpeas ,curds and olive oik ),Baba ghanoush (something like eggplant)and also kibbeh  ,Dolma and so on . Baklava ,rice pudding and pastry called “Um Ali ” are also used as desserts in Lebanon.  (Um Ali is a kind of jams  made from coconut ,raisins and milk ). Appetizers are usually serves without knife and fork .

After meze ,the main dish is served ,which is mainly kebab . Along with kebab ,serving rice in not common ,but fried potatoes,curds and most importantly yogurt are common in Lebanese table . But one of the very bad habits of Lebanese is that they generally smoke hookah after meals .

Olives is one of the items that must be existed at breakfast, lunch and dinner . That is ,even if you have not prepared any food for your gust but the olive must be on the table . The Lebanese olive (green or black ) is a bit bitter but it is very tasty .

Lebanese food

Lebanese cuisine is always a favorite of tourists visiting Lebanon. Recently,Lebanese restaurants have grown in western countries,indicating that Lebanese cuisine is welcomed by Westerners . Generally,Lebanese cuisine is a blend of European cuisine with Eastern flavors that has a major role in modern Arab cuisine.  Lebanese cuisine is nowadays a symbol of Arab cuisine in the international community.

Lebanese food Lebanese Rice Pudding:


  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 3/4 cup rice
  • 1 cup sugar 2 to 3 Tablespoons vanilla
  • Spoonful of orange marmalade (optional)


  1. Cook the rice according to package direction .
  2. When rice is cooked ,add the sugar and milk and mix well
  3. Continue cooking over medium heat for 3 to 4 more minutes.
  4. Remove the pot from the stove .Add 2 to 3 Tablespoons of vanilla and mix well .
  5. Serve topped with a spoonful of orange marmalade.

Lebanese food ,Tabbouleh:

Lebanese food


  • 3/4 cup cracked wheat ,finely ground
  • 2 cups fresh tomatoes,diced
  • 2 tablespoons dried mint
  • 1 or 2 bunches of parsley ,cut fine
  • 3/4 cup green onions,thinly sliced
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Procedure :

  1. In a bowl ,cover cracked wheat with warm water and let stand about 15 minutes.  Drain thoroughly .
  2. Mix tomatoes,mint ,parsley ,onions,lemon juice,olive oil,and salt and pepper in a separated bowl .
  3. Add the drained wheat and mix well.
  4. Add more lemon juice and olive oil,if needed .Refrigerate at least 1 hour .
  5. Serve in a bowl ,or on a bed of lettuce leaves ,with pita bread cut into triangles .

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