For many years, the Palestinians were renowned for their distinctiveness and ingenuity when it came to cooking particular dishes that were inspired by the blockade and the lack of food. The terrible living conditions endured by the Palestinians inspired Palestinian housewives to create exquisite recipes using ingredients found in their kitchens. Despite their simplicity, these meals have gained a lot of notoriety both in Palestine and outside. These are a some of the well-known dishes:
consists of meat that has been thinly sliced, piled in a cone-shaped pattern, then roasted on a slowly rotating vertical rotisserie or spit. In addition to the traditional ingredients of lamb or mutton, you can also use chicken, turkey, beef, or veal. As it rotates continually, the baked surface is shaved off in thin slices. Popular street cuisine in the Middle East, particularly Egypt, Iraq, and the Levant, is shawarma.
One of the most well-known traditional Palestinian meals, al-Musakhan, was created by Palestinian peasants in the countryside. Layers of bread cooked on a tabon and prepared locally by Palestinians, known as Saaj Bread in Arabic, domestic onions, Palestinian olive oil that soaks the meal, tannin that grows abundantly in the wilderness, chicken, and pine—Palestine has a large population of pine trees. This dish is frequently served during feasts and weddings among Palestinians. The al-Musakhan dish has gained popularity around the world and in most Levantine towns.
is the original dish made in Palestine. Its unusual form results from being turned upside down! Although it is undoubtedly about nourishment, maqloubeh centers on culture, occasion, and nostalgia.
Many Palestinian exiles, both inside and outside of Palestine, are very sentimental about the distinct atmosphere and feeling that maqloubeh offers. As a result, one can see the intense emotions that a Palestinian person is experiencing as they turn the maqloubeh pot upside down. In light of this, Palestinian families frequently assemble over maqloubeh on Fridays (the Holy day in Islam).
Maqloubeh holds a special place in Palestinian cuisine because of how it is made and the reasonably priced components. The primary components are chicken, rice, and fried veggies (mainly cauliflower and eggplant).
A traditional savory pie from Palestinian cuisine known as fteer, spinach fatayer, or motabaq is regarded as the ideal packed lunch food. You might prepare a lot of them and store them in the refrigerator. Spinach, lemony sumac, and onion are the main components, although ground beef is sometimes included. To create a filling for the ultra-thin puff pastry, these are all combined.
For fteer, there is no set form. However, when it has been molded, it is baked after being drizzled with butter, olive oil, and some sesame seeds. Fteer can be served with yogurt, chili paste, and other hors d’oeuvres.