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    16 Delicious Middle Eastern Foods You Need In Your Life

    So much food, so little time.

    1. Shakshuka

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    What is it? Eggs in a tomato-based sauce traditionally eaten for breakfast.

    Recipe here.

    2. Shawarma

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    What is it? Chicken and other meats prepared on a spit.

    Recipe here.

    3. Sabich

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    What is it? Fried eggplant and hard boiled eggs in a pita.

    Recipe here.

    4. Malabi

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    What is it? Rose pudding.

    Recipe here.

    5. Falafel

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    What is it? Balls of fried chickpeas.

    Recipe here.

    6. Hummus

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    What is it? Mashed chickpeas used as dip or eaten plain.

    Recipe here.

    7. Baba ganoush

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    What is it? Eggplant dip.

    Recipe here.

    8. Limonana

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    What is it? Frozen mint lemonade.

    Recipe here.

    9. Bourekas

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    What is it? Savory pastry made with different fillings such as cheese and spinach.

    Recipe here.

    10. Tahini

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    What is it? Sauce made from sesame seeds.

    Recipe here.

    11. Halvah

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    What is it? Fudge-like candy typically made from tahini.

    Recipe here.

    12. Tabbouleh

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    What is it? Salad made with items like bulgur, mint, onion, tomatoes.

    Recipe here.

    13. Baklava

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    What is it? Nut-filled pastry kept together with a sweet syrup.

    Recipe here.

    14. Kofta

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    What is it? Beef or lamb cooked with Middle Eastern spices.

    Recipe here.

    15. Umm Ali

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    What is it? Bread pudding made with puff pastry, nuts, and raisins.

    Recipe here.

    16. Bamya

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    What is it? Stew made with okra and spices.

    Recipe here.

    UPDATE

    This post has been updated to reflect that not all items are foods exclusive to Israel. Additional Middle Eastern dishes have been added since this post was initially published.