FAQs about MEZEAST Middle Eastern Food

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Where can I buy MEZEAST?

MEZEAST is available in Tesco and Morrisons, online and in store, find us in the foods of the world aisle (next to Mexican)! Yalla! (Let's go!)

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Are any of the MEZEAST products suitable for vegetarians?

Yes! Enjoy the following products as part of a vegetarian diet: 

MEZEAST Tahini Sesame Squeezy Sauce 

MEZEAST Pomegranate Squeezy Sauce 

MEZEAST Toum Garlic Squeezy Sauce 

MEZEAST Harissa Spicy Chilli Cooking Paste 

The rest of our range makes for great meat-free meals, if you omit the meat of course! Try the MEZEAST Shawarma Seasoning Mix with meat-free chicken-style alternatives for a delicious twist!

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Which MEZEAST products are gluten/nut/allergen free?

Head over to the specific product pages to explore more on the allergens of each product.

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Are the MEZEAST products from the Middle East?

We have lovingly sourced tahini from Israel, picked oregano from Turkey and pomegranates and spices from Egypt. All our ingredients have been blended into recipes by our knowledgable, Middle Eastern chefs for a delicious experience for you at home, inspired by the Levantine region. To learn more about our recipes and philosophy, visit our 'Our Story' page.

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What is Middle Eastern food?

Middle Eastern food is a cuisine that comes from many different regions. It includes Arab, Armenian, Assyrian, Azerbaijani, Cypriot, Egyptian, Georgian, Iranian, Iraqi, Israeli, Kurdish, Lebanese, Palestinian and Turkish cuisines.

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Are the MEZEAST products' packaging recyclable?

By end of 2022 our full range will have recyclable packaging. Look out for the 'Recycle' logo on our latest packs. For more information, visit our 'Our Story' page and the section on MEZEAST and the environment.

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Are the MEZEAST products very spicy?

We have tested the products on little Habibis and find the MEZEAST Harissa carry a little kick but otherwise all the MEZEAST products are great served as a family meal!

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The MEZEAST Wrap Meal Kits say they serve 3-4 portions, what does it mean?

We know portions need to be adjusted according to the person, and children often eat less. So we’ve designed a pack where you can choose to eat between one and two wraps each, to feed a family of four, or three hungry adults !

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Where is Middle Eastern food from?

Countries that are considered to make up the Middle East, currently, are: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Middle Eastern food comes from these countries. 

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What are the different types of sauces from MEZEAST?

Of course, we have the delicious Pomegranate Sauce but have you tried our Tahini Sesame Squeezy Sauce? It goes perfectly with salads, flatbreads and vegetables.

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What is harissa paste?

Harissa is a hot chilli paste that originated in Tunisia, North Africa. It’s commonly used as a dip or marinade, and is added to dishes to add a vibrant and flavourful kick. Harissa is made of red chilies, garlic, oil, an acid (like lemon juice or vinegar), and spices.

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Is harissa spicy?

As harissa is made with red chillies, it can have a little spicy kick. Although red chilli is a main component of both dry harissa spice and harissa paste, the flavour is a lot deeper than just chilli – it can be smoky and sweet too.

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What is shawarma seasoning?

Shawarma seasoning is a spice blend that can be used on poultry, meats and vegetables. The aromatic blend comes straight from the Middle East and is hugely popular blend of spices. 

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What are the spices in shawarma?

Typically, the spices in shawarma consist of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, all spice, cayenne, cumin and black pepper. The MEZEAST Chicken Shawarma Seasoning also contains cardamom, smoky paprika with oregano and onion

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What is chicken shawarma?

Chicken shawarma is chicken that has been seasoned with a shawarma spice blend. Typically, slices of chicken are stacked in a cone-like shape and roasted slowly on rotation. The outside is then cut of again and again, leaving us with deliciously tender and flavourful chicken shawarma.

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How to make chicken shawarma

If you’re looking to make chicken shawarma at home, we’ve made it easy with our shawarma wrap kit. Simply marinate the chicken breast with the spices and oil for 5 minutes, cook through until golden brown and roll up into a delicious wrap. You can add all kinds of salad to this; we love onions, tomato and lettuce. 

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What is tahini sauce?

Tahini is the Arabic word for ground sesame seeds. This then makes a sauce which can be used on a variety of Middle Eastern dishes. It’s vegan and gluten-free too! 

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What is tahini sauce made of?

Tahini sauce is made from ground sesame seeds (sometimes toasted), garlic and lemon juice which gives it a delicious earthy flavour. It’s ground into a smooth paste so it’s perfect for dipping or pouring all over delicious Middle Eastern dishes.

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What to serve with beef koftas

Beef koftas are a deliciously meaty dish that’s paired perfectly with roasted vegetables, warm pita bread, tzatziki and fresh salad, like red onions and cherry tomatoes. If you feel like going all out, you can cook up some batata harra (spicy potatoes) as a side dish.

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What is kofta seasoning?

Kofta seasoning is made up of a delicious blend of Middle Eastern spices. This includes: onions, sumac, garlic, parsley, mint, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, all spice, paprika, salt, and pepper. All of this is mixed together with ground meat.  

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What is tagine?

Tagine is a staple in Moroccan dishes but the word tagine can actually have two meanings.   Tagine refers to the North African clay pot that food is cooked in. This is a cone-shaped clay pot that can come in a variety of sizes and is crafted for slow-cooking.   Tagine also refers to the stew that’s cooked inside the clay pot. These stews are slow-cooked and the steam is trapped inside of the clay pot, making the meat super tender and succulent.

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Is Middle Eastern food Mediterranean?

Middle Eastern food and Mediterranean food are different cuisines as they come from different areas on the globe. However, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean do share some flavours. Both also have similar staple dishes, like hummus, roasted meat and flatbread.  

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What is considered Middle Eastern food?

Middle Eastern food comes from Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. It can, however, also encompass North African cuisine like, Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. Most of these places have fragrant and abundant spices, nuts and olive oil.

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Is Turkish food Middle Eastern?

Turkish food isn’t necessarily Middle Eastern but the Turkish and Middle Eastern regions do overlap, and so does their food. Due to the Ottoman Empire, both Turkish and Middle Eastern dishes share many ingredients, dishes, and cooking styles.

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What is a lamb tagine cooking time?

Lamb tagine is a slower process as it takes 1.5 hours to cook – sometimes longer! For the best results, the lamb should be tender.

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Where does Fattoush salad come from?

Fattoush salad originated in Lebanon and is now enjoyed by so many of us worldwide!

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How long do Beef Kofta Wraps take to make?

With this Beef Kofta Wrap recipe, you can enjoy delicious beef kofta wraps in around 30 minutes – so quick and easy!

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What is in a Shawarma spice blend

In our Chicken Shawarma Spice Blend Mix, we have delicious spices such as: garlic, smoked paprika, onion granules and powder and more! Find out more by exploring our page.

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Where does tabbouleh come from?

Tabbouleh comes from the Middle East, but particularly, Lebanon and Syria.

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Where does couscous come from?

It’s thought that couscous originates from among the Berbers of Algeria and Morocco

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What do you eat kofta in tomato sauce with?

Kofta with tomato sauce goes beautifully with both rice and flatbread!

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What pastry is used with Chicken Shawarma Samboosas?

A: Samboosas are typically made with delicate and delicious filo pastry.

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Where does Lahmacun come from?

Lahmacun comes from Turkey but is also said to be eaten in Armenia.

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What do you eat spicy harissa baked beans with?

Spicy harissa beans taste great take great with bread! Sourdough is the perfect breakfast bread and tastes great with this recipe.

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How long does harissa spaghetti Bolognese take to make?

A: Harissa spaghetti Bolognese takes about 10-15 minutes to make – super quick and simple!

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Where do Batata Harra come from?

Batata Harra come from Lebanon. They are a staple in Lebanese households!

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What does Kofta Bil-Siniyah mean?

Kofta Bil-Siniyah means meatballs (kofta) and potato bake.

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How long does Oven Baked Toum Cauliflower take in the oven?

For an oven that has been preheated oven at 200 degrees, Toum Cauliflower should take about 20-30 minutes

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Can I add other vegetables to prawn harissa pasta?

Other vegetables, like peppers, could taste great with prawn harissa pasta!