Where does Shawarma come from?

Where does Shawarma come from?

Shawarma, originating way back to the Ottoman Empire, has found its home to different countries of the Middle East; from Turkey to Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and many others.

Shawarma is an Arabic word, derived from Turkisch çevirme which means turning In the traditional recipe, the meat (lamb, chicken or beef), mixed with aromatic spices, is stacked in layers on a rotisserie. This meat is slowly grilled in rotation for hours, releasing the amazing aroma and flavor we all love.

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Where does falafel come from?

Though controversial, common theory suggests that Falafel was invented 1000 years ago by the Egyptian Copts who brought it with them to the rest of the Middle East. Falafel’s principal ingredient is fava beans which is how Falafel is made in Egypt till this day. Over the years, chickpeas gained more popularity as the main ingredient and mixed with unique spices such as cumin, falafel became a flavourful delight. In addition to being a great vegetarian option, Falafel, crunchy outside and flu_y inside, is best known to be eaten hot in a wrap with Tahini or on its own as a nibble.

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Where does Kofta come from?

Kofta, Kefta, Kafta, Kofte are different words describing the same dish; minced meat mixed with aromatic local spices and onion formed in an oval or round shape. Kofta goes way back to 500 BC originating from the depths of the Middle East; the Persian Empire. In more recent times, Kofta emerged in Turkish and Afghani cultures where different variations of the recipe were created.

Nowadays, you can even find variations with lamb, pork or even vegetarian Kofta!

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Where does Baba Ghanouj comes from?

Baba Ghanouj (or Baba Ghannoush) comes from Lebanon. In fact, the story goes way back to the 1st century AD when there was a wise man, loved by people called Ghanouj. (Ghanouj, in Arabic, means spoiled or pampered).

One day, Ghanouj was presented with a unique dish; roasted eggplants_puree, mixed with Tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon and other seasonings. Ghanouj refused to eat this tasty dish alone and wanted to share it with all the people of the village. Admiring his generosity, the villagers named the dish after him; Baba Ghanouj!

Where Baba means dad in Arabic.

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Where does Hummus come from?

With all honesty no one can be certain where Hummus came from. Chickpeas, the main ingredient in Hummus, are widely present in the Middle East which is why many nations have tried to claim this tasteful delicacy as their own. Most probably as history suggests, Hummus was created in Damascus. Contrary to expectations, Hummus’s roots are linked to the Syrian capital not for the recipe itself, but for the red clay bowl that was usually served in. These types of plates were common in old Damascus and were associated with the wealthier parts of the city at the time. Did you know that Hummus actually translates to chickpeas in Arabic? This story is inspired by historical facts, online articles, and word of mouth.