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    Traditional Palestinian cuisine offers a rich variety of dishes characteristic of the eastern regions of the Mediterranean. At a crossroads between east and west and a strategic post on the trading routes for centuries, modern-day Palestine is identified with a variety of lifestyles that cover a wide range, from nomadic migration to urban sophistication. The establishment of many foreign communities who settled in the Holy Land in the aftermath of the Crimean war in 1855 has contributed to the present character of Palestinian cuisine, especially in urban centres such as Jerusalem, Jaffa, Ramallah and Bethlehem. In its most recent history, especially during the last 50 years, the demographic changes that have swept the area have influenced culinary trends both directly and indirectly.
Abu Shanab's Falafel

3 kilograms Chick Peas
1/4 kilogram Garlic
1/2 kilogram Onion
1/4 kilogram Parsley
4 tablespoons Falafel Spice: (Cumin, Turmeric, Coriander, and Cayenne)
2 tablespoons Carboneh (baking soda)
Salt to taste
Cooking Instructions:
Sok the chick Peas in water for at least 8 hours. Grind the Chick Peas, Garlic, Onion and Parsely together, with a small amount of water, adding the falafel spices, carboneh, and salt. Leave set for at least one hour, then deep-fry in hot oil for about three-minutes, or until brown.
Fried Tomatoes (Shakshoukeh)

4 red tomatoes
1 sweet green pepper
3 garlic cloves
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Cooking Instructions:
Cut the green pepper in long stripes. Cut the garlic cloves int hick slices. Fry the green pepper and garlic in olive oil for 1 minute. Cut the tomatoes in small pieces and add to the pepper and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fry the mixture on medium heat until it is semi dry. You can cover and let it simmer for 5 minutes and then allow it to dry. Serve with green olives and warm Palestinian.

3 red tomatoes
2 Zucchini
1 Onion
1 hot green pepper
3 garlic cloves
Olive oil
Salt to taste
Cooking Instructions:
Cut the Zucchini, hot green pepper, and onion into two pieces each. Place all the vegetables under the Grill (or on the barbecue) until fully grilled. Remove the skin of the tomatoes and mash all the ingredients including the garlic cloves. Add olive oil and salt to taste.
Eggplant Salad (Mutabbal)

2 Large eggplants
2 garlic cloves
2 table spoons of "Tehina"
4 table spoons of lemon juice
1/2 green chili pepper
Salt and olive oil to taste
Cooking Instructions:
Remove the head of the eggplants, and make two horizontal incisions with the knife on each side of the eggplant. Place the eggplants under the grill for 30 minutes, until the skin is almost burnt. In the meantime, mix the two tablespoons of Tehina with the lemon juice until it becomes a smooth light beige uniform paste. Remove the eggplants, and place them on a plate. Bring a deep dish and open up the eggplants. Start removing the inside of the eggplants and placing it in the deep dish. Make sure you don't take any of the skin. The insides of the eggplant will be slightly watery, so mix it with a fork which would at the same time cut it into smaller pieces, almost a paste though not uniform in any way. Add the Tehina paste and mix well with the fork. Crush the garlic cloves with the chili pepper and add to the mixture. Mix well. Add salt and olive oil to taste.
Parsley Salad (Bakdoonsiyyeh)

Half a cup of Tahina
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 bunch parsley
Salt and olive oil to taste
Cooking Instructions:
Before using the Tahina, shake the jar well. Pour half a cup of Tahina into a small soup bowl and add the lemon juice. Mix well until you get a smooth homogeneous mixture. Add one-two tablespoons of water to the mixture and mix well until it is of a soft texture. Chop the parsley finely (after cleaning it thoroughly and removing the stalks) and add it to the Tahina mixture. Add salt and olive oil to taste. This salad is ideal with fish and meat dishes, but is also tasty on its own with pita bread.
Pickled Green Olives

Crushed green olives (ready for pickling)
Lemon and hot green chili peppers to taste
Cooking Instructions:
Soak the green olives in tap water for three days, changing the water every morning. Prepare the pickling solution: one glass water with two tablespoons of salt. On the fourth day, place the olives in the pickling solution and then in a firmly closed jar. After two-three weeks when they are ready for eating, take out a small amount and place it in a plate and add pieces of lemon and hot green chili pepper. Ready to serve.
Artichoke Hearts with Coriander

700 g of artichoke bottoms
3 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 ½ tsp salt
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
¼ cup fresh coriander leaves, washed and chopped
3-5 garlic cloves, crushed
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Cooking Instructions:
The preparation of the artichokes: Peel off the leaves by going around the bottom with a sharp knife; cut off the upper part and core the center clean. Keep a basin of water laced with lemon juice to immediately soak the artichoke bottoms in so that they keep a fresh color. Saute the artichoke bottoms in a shallow pan in 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the salt and pepper, cover the pan and leave to simmer for ten minutes over a small fire. Add a little bit of water if necessary. In a separate pan, saute the crushed garlic and finely chopped coriander in two tablespoons of water. Add to the artichokes and cook for another ten minutes or until the artichokes are cooked to your liking. Remove from the stove and add the lemon juice. Serve lukewarm with pita bread.
Servings: 4
2 tomatoes
2 cucumbers
2 spring onions
1 Radish
Green mint
1 loaf of pita bread
Dressing: Lemon, salt, and olive oil
Cooking Instructions:
Cut the vegetables into small - medium size pieces. The lettuce, parsley and green mint should be cut in small pieces. Cut the pita bread into squares of 1 square cm each and either fry them until golden brown or roast them under the grill. Add the bread to the vegetable mixture. Add lemon, salt, and olive oil to taste.
Yogurt based Salad ("Mish" Salad)

500 g Of yogurt
One hot green pepper
One lemon
One Tomatoe
Salt and olive
Oil to taste
Cooking Instructions:
Cut the hot green pepper, tomatoes, and the lemon into small-medium size pieces and add them to the yogurt. Add salt and olive oil to taste. The salad tastes better if left overnight in the fridge. The longer you leave it, the better the taste. You can always add more pepper, lemon, or tomatoes, or all three when you've eaten them all and a quantity of yogurt still remains.
Arabic or "Fallahi" Salad

2 red tomatoes
2 spring onions
¼ green hot chili pepper
Salt, lemon and olive oil mint (fresh or dried) for garnish
Cooking Instructions:
Cut the tomatoes, spring onions and hot chili pepper in very small pieces (as minuscule as you can get). Add salt, lemon, and olive oil to taste. This salad should have a very strong flavor, so generally one would add more lemon and olive oil than the usual salad. A regular small onion can replace the spring onions if they are not in season. Garnish with green or dried mint.
Jarjeer Salad

Jarjeer (a bunch)
Onion (spring or regular onions)
Lemon juice
Olive oil to taste

Cooking Instructions:
Clean the Jarjeer thoroughly under running water. Cut it in large pieces (each stalk can be cut in three). Cut the onion into rings. Place the onion rings on top of the Jarjeer. Add salt, lemon, and olive oil to taste. Garnish with pieces of lemon.
Servings: 4
2 cups of rice
1 cup of brown lentils
One onion
Vegetable oil
Cooking Instructions:
Clean the brown lentils and boil them in a pot until they are soft and edible (15 minutes on medium heat). Wash the rice and cover it in hot water and leave aside until the lentils are done. Cut the onion in stripes and fry in vegetable oil until golden brown. Drain the water from the lentils and from the rice as well. Place the rice on top of the lentils in the pot and mix. Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil, and mix the ingredients together over medium heat for two minutes. Add salt, pepper, cumin, and cardamom to taste. Cover with hot water (1 cm above the mixture). Let simmer on low heat until the water evaporates (about 15-20 minutes). Turn over (like a cake) in a big plate, and cover the top with the fried onion stripes. Serve with yogurt and green salad. Variation: half the onion stripes can be added tothe mixture before adding the water and letting itsimmer. The remaining onion stripes can be used for garnish.
Rishtaye (Smat, Msalwaa or Mjammadeh)
Servings: 2
1 cup of lentils (orange lentils)
100 g tagliatelle pasta
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon "summak"
2 onions
1 table spoon olive oil
Cooking Instructions:
After cleaning the lentils, place them and the tagliatelle in a deep pan and cover with water. When the water starts to boil start stirring the ingredients, adding water whenever the water level becomes minimal, until the mixture turns into a homogeneous thick broth-like mixture. This process should take about 30 minutes of regularly stirring the mixture over medium heat. Add the salt and cumin and stir with the mixture before removing it from the heat. Pour the mixture into individual deep dishes. Place aside to cool.
   Garnish: Cut the onion into thin slices and fry in the olive oil until dark brown. Garnish the dish with the onions, and then sprinkle the summakon top. Serve with green olives, salad or spring onions and radish.
Chicken Fatteh

1 small chicken
I onion
1 cup rice
1 pita bread
500 g sour yogurt
3 garlic cloves
Spices and seasoning to taste
Cooking Instructions:
Clean and season the chicken to taste (salt, pepper, cardamom seeds, and nutmeg). Peel the onion and place the whole onion with the chicken and a cup of water in a chicken oven bag. Roast in the oven over medium heat. Leave to cook for one hour (or more according to the weight of the chicken.) Cut the pita bread into small square pieces and fry them. Cook the rice. Place the bread in the bottom of the serving pan (which needs to be a semi-deep dish.) After the chicken is cooked, pour the chicken stock onto the bread and mix with one crushed garlic clove and one spoon of cooked rice. Place the remaining rice on top of the bread and chicken stock combination and make sure it's fully covered. Mix the two remaining crushed garlic cloves into the yogurt and pour the combination over the rice and bread. Remove the bones from the chicken, and place the chicken pieces on top of the yogurt. Serve immediately. Optional garnish: fried pine seeds and fresh parsley.
Servings: 2
6 large onions
2 "taboun bread"
250 ml of Frying oil
1 chicken
Salt, pepper, summak, allspice
Cooking Instructions:
Clean the chicken and cut it into 4-6 pieces. Cut one onion in small pieces. Fry it in one table spoon oil until golden. Add the chicken and turn it over in the pot adding salt, pepper, and allspice to taste**. Cover with water and cook until tender. Cut four onions into small-medium size pieces. Deep-fry the onions until golden. After the chicken is done, remove the pieces from the water and place in a grilling pan, adding one onion cut into small pieces with salt, pepper, and "summak". Grill in the oven. To prepare the bread, spread the fried onions (and their oil) evenly onto the taboun bread. Place the chicken over the bread. Sprinkle with summak. Fried pine seeds are optional garnish. Serve hot with sour yoghurt and salad.
Roasted Leg of Lamb (Fakhdet Kharouf bel Furun)

A leg of lamb of about 2.5 kilos (between 5 and 6 lbs.)
4 garlic cloves
A handful of rosemary leaves
2 tsps salt
¾ tsp black pepper
½ tsp allspice
A dash each: nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom
½ cup olive oil (80 ml)
Cooking Instructions:
Put the leg of lamb, largely trimmed of its fat, into an ovenproof tray and put in the very hot oven to sear for half an hour, turning it over once. Meanwhile put the garlic, rosemary, salt, spices and olive oil into the food processor and mix at high speed for one minute. It is best to use fresh rosemary and to grind your spices last minute: you use less spices for optimum results.
When the meat is seared, baste it with the mixture on one side and put it back in the oven, which you lower to 220C. (425F.), repeat on the same side fifteen minutes later. After another fifteen minutes, turn the meat over and baste the other side twice at fifteen minutes intervals. Cover the meat with foil paper and let it cook for another hour. Transfer the meat to a serving dish and the sauce into a bowl and serve immediately with plain rice and steamed vegetables.
Aubergine with Tomatoes (Msaqaa)

2 big rihâwi eggplants, about 800 grams (1 lb. 12 oz.)
3/4 up olive oil
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 big onion
4 tomatoes
1 tablespoon finely chopped pimiento
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 up tomato juice
Cooking Instructions:
Peel eggplants and cut across into medium-thin slices. Sprinkle them generously with salt and set them aside for half an hour. This procedure is important to reduce the amount of oil absorbed by the eggplants. Pat them dry and fry them over medium heat a few slices at a time in hot oil until they are golden. When they are done, remove them from the an and put them immediately on kitchen paper. It is a good idea to take the time and effort to refresh the paper towels in order to allow further absorption of the oil. Turn on the oven to 190C/375/gas mark 7. Meanwhile chop onion into thin slices and set aside. Blanch the tomatoes by soaking them in boiling water for a few minutes to allow for easy paring.
   Once they are ready, remove the skin and cut them up in coarse chunks. Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the onions. Stir and fry until they are tender and translucent; add the tomatoes stirring them into the onions, then add salt, pepper and allspice. Add the tomato juice and cook for a few minutes until the sauce is ready. Put eggplants in an oven roof late and add the tomato mixture; cover with aluminium foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the aluminium foil and bake for another ten minutes making sure it does not get dry. Serve at room temperature.
Cream Pudding with Pistachios (Eish es-Saraya)

½ a loaf of sliced white bread (250 g/9 oz.)
2 cups water
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp rose water
350 g kishta
1 cup milk
1 ½ tbsps corn flour
2 tbsps rose water
80 g shelled and chopped pistachios
Cooking Instructions:
Chop the grilled bread in a food processor on low so as to get coarse but small chunks. Spread the crumbs at the bottom of a rectangular medium size serving plate -about 25 centimetres/10 inches- with a  6  cm/about  2  ½  inches  edge.  To  prepare  the syrup  dissolve the sugar in the water and let it boil for a few minutes  adding the lemon juice in the process. Add the rose water after you remove it from the heat. Pour it hot over the bread so as to soak it completely. With the back of a fork  press the layer of sweetened bread against the bottom of the plate to obtain a more compact layer. In a small casserole  mix thoroughly the kishta  the milk and corn flour and bring to boil on medium heat stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Cook over low heat for a few minutes or until the cream pudding  is  thick  enough  to  cling  to  the  back  of  the spoon. Remove from the heat and add the rose water. Spread the pudding over the bread mixture covering it completely. Sprinkle a thick layer of pistachios  on top and let cool. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. If you are using fresh cream add 3 tablespoons of corn flour to three cups of fresh cream and cook the same way as kishta adding  the rose water last.

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