“Left Mekhalel”: Pickled turnips: لفت مخلل

Pickled turnips are delicious Egyptian mezzah, which are made of turnips and beets soaked in brine. While the hero here is the turnips, the beets’ natural sweetness offsets the saline brine and lends the pale white vegetable a vibrant magenta color. Pickled turnips are indispensable to jazz up a shawarma or falafel wrap.

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Lusine’s Eggplant Dip: The Power of a Refugee Woman

Eggplant Pomegranate Dip is a vegan mezzah/appetizer dish that is so simple to make but it will be the star of your mezzeh tray. The pungency of eggplant mixed with onions and mashed garlic is tamed by a drizzle of pomegranate molasses, creating a wonderful balance between the sweet, salty, and tart.

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Samia’s Fava Bean Dip: Bridiging Cultures

In an attempt to collect an Egyptian Diaspora of favorite recipes, I am delighted to host Dr. Samia Spencer at my blog “Chez Nermine”. In her recipe of delicious Fava beans dip, Dr. Spencer manages to blend a traditional Egyptian dish with the influence of Southern cuisine in the US that is loaded with pungent spices and fresh vegetables. 

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