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Recipe ideas for delicious Middle Eastern dishes

Join us on a culinary journey to the Middle East and discover authentic recipes that are easy to prepare and can't go wrong. From snacks and salads to a host of different meat and vegetarian dishes – whisk your friends and family away to experience the exciting cuisine of the Middle East.
Chicken shawarma wrap on a set table

Chicken shawarma wrap

Discover a tasty dish from the Middle East courtesy of our MEZEAST chicken shawarma wrap kit. The kit contains an aromatic chicken shawarma spice mix, a velvety tahini sauce and a sweet & sour pomegranate sauce.

Ingredients (3 people)

  • 1 MEZEAST chicken shawarma kit
  • 300 g chicken breast
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 head lettuce
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

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Method

  1. Prepare the chicken shawarma: Cut the chicken into thin strips, place in a bowl and mix together with the chicken shawarma mix and 2 tbsp of oil. Leave to marinate for 5 mins. Heat the frying pan, fry the chicken strips until golden brown, turning occasionally. In the meantime, chop the tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and head lettuce to the desired size.
  2. Assemble the wrap: Heat the 6 wraps, either together for 1 min. in the microwave at 900 W or individually in a frying pan for 20 secs. Spread 1 tbsp of tahini sauce evenly over each wrap and fill with a little lettuce, tomato, onion and warm shawarma chicken. Fold the wrap and serve. Tip: Add gherkins for a slightly acidic note.
  3. Plate up the salad: Mix the remaining vegetables in a salad bowl along with 1 tbsp of olive oil and the pomegranate sauce.
Selection of hummus served on a tray

Hummus selection

This tasty dish comprising different types of hummus is a perfect vegetarian starter with Middle Eastern snacks, and will impress all your guests. Simply make a basic hummus and switch up the flavour and colour with three different ingredients. Incredibly quick and easy! To make all three types of hummus, you will need three times the amount of basic hummus – so 3 cans of chickpeas!

Ingredients

  • 1-3 cans chickpeas (depending on how many types)
  • 1-3 MEZEAST spice paste for hummus (depending on how many types)
  • 1-3 tbsp olive oil (depending on how many types)
  • 60 g black olives
  • 1 Mezeast harissa spicy tomato & chilli paste
  • 1 small ripe avocado, peeled and diced
  • 4 sprigs coriander (optional)
  • 2 sprigs parsley (optional)

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Method

  1. Basic hummus: Drain the chickpeas well in a sieve. Transfer to a blender and add the MEZEAST hummus spice paste, 1 tbsp olive oil and 3-4 tbsp water. Don't blitz until the ingredients for the respective hummus variety have been added.
  2. Olive hummus: To make the olive hummus, add the olives to the basic hummus and blitz briefly. Garnish with finely chopped parsley.
  3. Harissa hummus: To make the harissa hummus, add 1 tbsp harissa to the basic hummus and blitz briefly. Add more harissa depending on how hot you like it.
  4. Avocado hummus: To make the avocado hummus, add the diced avocado to the basic hummus and blitz briefly. Garnish with a little chopped coriander, as desired.
  5. Plate up and serve: Arrange the 3 different types of hummus on a tray and serve. Enjoy, Habibi!
Tabbouleh salad served on a set table

Tabbouleh salad

Tabbouleh is a classic Middle Eastern salad based on bulgur with parsley and mint. The MEZEAST pomegranate sauce adds a wonderful sweet & sour note.

Ingredients (4 people)

  • 120 g bulgur
  • 40 g finely chopped parsley
  • 20 g finely chopped mint
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp MEZEAST pomegranate sauce

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Method

  1. Cook the bulgur: Cook the bulgur as per the packet instructions. Drain the excess water and leave to cool for several minutes.
  2. Mix the ingredients: Combine the bulgur with all the other ingredients.
  3. Garnish and serve: Drizzle the MEZEAST pomegranate sauce and a little olive oil on top of the salad. Enjoy, Habibi!
Sweet potato falafels served on a set table

Sweet potato falafels

A twist on one of our MEZEAST classics. Use the MEZEAST spice mix for falafels to create these delicious sweet potato falafels.

Ingredients (3 people)

  • 1 large sweet potato (approx. 250 g)
  • 1 Mezeast spice mix for falafels
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp breadcrumbs

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Method

  1. Prepare the sweet potato: Prick the sweet potato several times with a fork. Cook the sweet potato in the microwave for 8-10 mins. Turn half way through. Alternatively, cut the sweet potato into cubes and boil in water for 10 mins.
  2. Prepare the falafel mixture: Place the cooked sweet potato in a bowl and finely mash with a fork. Add the MEZEAST spice mix for falafels and mix well with the sweet potato using a fork. If the mixture is too moist, add a few breadcrumbs.
  3. Shape and fry the falafels: Shape the mixture into balls of equal size, heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the falafels until golden brown.