Lebanese cuisine is a rich and diverse culinary tradition that is known for incorporating an abundance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and meat. So, if you are also planning to treat your family to some hearty Lebanese dishes, here are two recipes shared by Chef Gunjit Singh Chawla:
With an exquisite tapestry of flavours, aromas, and traditions, Lebanese cuisine has been shaped by a fusion of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Levantine influences. Known for incorporating an abundance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and seafood, this cuisine also includes a variety of grilled meats, including lamb, beef, and chicken.
The Lebanese diet focuses more on herbs, spices, and fresh ingredients for flavour as compared to heavy sauces. Mint, parsley, oregano, garlic, and cinnamon are some popular types of seasoning used in Lebanese cuisine. Olive oil, chickpeas, and yoghurt are some of the common ingredients in a variety of dishes. Some popular Lebanese dishes are baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, pita or fattoush salad, hummus, falafel, and shawarma.
Did you know that Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries also follow a traditional style of dining called Lebanese mezze? It refers to a selection of small, flavourful dishes that are served as appetisers or side dishes to accompany the main meal. Although the dishes in a mezze are not standalone dishes that can be had on their own, they include dips, salad, nibbles, pickles, and more. It is a communal way of eating where diners share and enjoy a variety of different flavours and textures.
Chef Gunjit recommends dishes that are a must-try for all chicken lovers. First is chicken kabsa, a delectable dish that is prepared with succulent marinated chicken infused with aromatic spices, including saffron, on top of basmati rice. Another one is chicken falafel, which is crispy on the outside and moist and flavourful on the inside. These golden nuggets of delight are made from a blend of ground chicken and aromatic herbs.
If you are also planning to treat your family to some hearty Lebanese dishes, here are two favourite recipes shared by Chef Gunjit Singh Chawla, corporate chef at Independence Brewing Co. (IBC), Pune:
For kabsa rice:
For Haydari sauce:
For haydari sauce
For chicken kabsa:
For chicken mixture
For falafel mixture: