Cook your way around the world.
"I'm from Mauritius, a tiny island in the Indian Ocean, and our rich culinary culture is influenced by the cuisines of China, East Africa, France, India and more. One staple dish in any Mauritian household is lentils and rice, known as du riz lentilles.
Finely chop and sauté and onion in oil with thyme, ginger, and garlic. When the onions become translucent, add chili, half a cup of tomato sauce, and continue cooking. Then, add lentils (I use pre-steamed), 2-3 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame and let the lentils simmer for another 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and spoon over rice." —Shina C.
Recipe: Mauritian-Style Black Lentils
"I'm Vietnamese and the amount of flavor in this dish is amazing. It takes some patience because it requires a lot of simmering, but the recipe itself is simple. You'll want to use specific vermicelli noodles meant for Bun Bo Hue so the noodles cling to the broth. I use beef tendons and pork shoulder to elevate the flavor of the dish even more." —silvahaileythi
Recipe: Bun Bo Hue
"My dad is Venezuelan and he taught us how to make his favorite dish, arepas. You can grill them and stuff with beans and cheese, chicken and sour cream, avocado and tomato, or really whatever you want. They taste like delicious and crispy corn cake pita pockets." —Raelo
Recipe: Three-Ingredient Arepas
"Lahmajoun, a dish from my home country of Armenia, is the greatest comfort food. It's basically thin, spiced pizza, and if you like Mediterranean or Middle Eastern food, you'll love it. I'd suggest using lab over beef, but if you're vegetarian you can use chickpeas. The thinner the crust and the more lemon you use the better. And like any good pizza, you can always try using new ingredients and toppings." —mcrivellokhan
Recipe: Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza)
"My boyfriend is from Iran, and I would highly recommend trying some Persian dishes at home. My favorite is saffron rice with Tahdig. It's essentially crispy, spiced rice and it's delicious." —deannab44873e588
"These Eastern European dumplings can be filled with potato, cabbage, mushrooms, cottage cheese, cherries, or really whatever you like. The Polish version are fried but the Ukrainian version are boiled and I could live off them." —Margaret Ko
"This Irish side dish is similar to colcannon, but it isn't made with cabbage. It's similar to mashed potatoes but even better, thanks to the addition of scallions, chives, pepper, and warm milk. When serving, make a well in the middle of the potatoes and pour in some melted butter. It's so delicious." —CelticNessa
Recipe: Irish Champ
"This Danish staple is made with sliced pork belly that are fried until crispy, then they're served with Bechamel parsley sauce and boiled potatoes. It’s decadent and rather easy to make." —amaliel2
"This French dish is one of the easiest vegetarian meals ever. The secret to perfect ratatouille is pre-cooking all of the vegetables separately before simmering them together. But when I'm short in time or just feeling lazy, I throw them all in the same pot and ta-daaa. It's usually made with eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, bell pepper, onions, and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil, season with thyme, balsamic, salt, and pepper, and let cook for 30 minutes to an hour." —carocapdepon
"Served with a side of fried dumplings and sweet plantains, this meal probably isn't something you should have every day, but it's a staple in Jamaican culture. Ackee is a savory fruit found in Jamaica and parts of west Africa, but you can buy it canned if you can't find it fresh. It's cooked with salted cod fish, chopped sweet onions, and sliced tomatoes. The combination of this savory dish with the sweet plantains is *chefs kiss*. It feels like a warm hug in your belly for breakfast to start your day off right!" —GigiMomster
Recipe: Ackee and Saltfish
"This dish is the Russian take on potato salad, and different regions have slightly different takes on the recipe, but it's a staple on every holiday table. It's made with tender boiled beef, boiled potatoes, hard boiled eggs, onion, pickles, and peas all dressed in mayo and sour cream. You'll find some recipes that call for chicken or ham instead of beef or additional vegetables. It takes a little time to make, but it's delicious and you can make a big batch and eat it throughout the week." —sofiyak
Recipe: Olivye Salad