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Oozy ( Rice Pie)

Oozy is a very popular dish in Syria and the Levant area, Jordan and Palestine. It is usually made in wedding celebrations, gatherings, Ramadan and also Eid. Oozy is basically rice, vegetables, and ground meat wrapped in a pastry sheet.



1- 3 cups of basmati rice.

2- 3 Tbs of olive oil.

3- 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed.

4- 1 large onion, diced.

5- 1 cup peas   

6- 1 medium red bell pepper, diced.

7- 1 medium green bell pepper, diced.

8- 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced.

9- 2 carrots, about 1 cup, diced.

10- Salt and pepper to your taste.

Syrian kabiss (Pickled vegetables)

Brined kabiss or pickles are famous in Syria throughout history with their colorful array of pickled vegetables.

 Pickles are created by immersing fresh fruits or vegetables in an acidic liquid or saltwater brine until they are no longer considered raw or vulnerable to spoilage.

Pickles was the best way to preserve food for a long period of time, and served as the perfect complement to mezze dishes as falafel, roast chicken or kebab.


Maamoul or mamool are small shortbread cookies traditionally filled with dates, pistachios or walnuts. They are popular in Syria and Levantine cuisine (Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon).

 Making maamoul is usually an event for family and friends to come together, all helping and participating in making the dough, filling the cookies, forming them and baking them. All this happens in a cozy atmosphere filled with chats about the Christmas, Eid preparations and plans. As soon as the first baking sheet goes into the oven, a cloud of spice and heavenly smells fills the house and it suddenly feels like Eid is indeed a couple of days away. 

Popular Foods in Damascus Countryside

Damascus Countryside is an agricultural governorate with excellence. Due to its geographical location and climate diversity it produces a variety of fruits, vegetables and grains. The mountainous region of Zabadani, Sarghaya and Bloudan, relatively cold are famous for their cherry, apple, peach and fig trees where as the region of Wadi Barada, a little bit warmer, is famous for its almond, apricot, walnut and prune trees. Douma, located north east of Damascus proper, in a plain region, is famous for its vineyards, olive groves, walnut trees and vegetable orchards. The common agricultural products of the governorate in generalare grains, wheat, barley, beans, lentils and check peas.

kousa mahshi (Stuffed zucchini)

Kousa mahshi is a traditional Levantine dish that consists of zucchinis that have been cored and filled with a mixture of rice and minced meat. The best zucchini to use for this recipe is the small, green variety.

Hollow out the zucchini using a vegidrill, which is a tool like a long apple corer designed for this purpose.

The rice-and-meat filling is usually flavored with ghee, fried onions, pine nuts, and herbs and spices such as (coriander, parsley, cumin, and black pepper). Once stuffed, the zucchinis are typically simmered in water or broth (often tomato-based), while sometimes they can also be fried before the cooking process.