Shishbarak

Though a part of Arab cuisine for centuries, the dish originated in pre-Islamic Persia where it was known as  (joshpara ) which  means "to boil". The Arabic name shishbarak is thought to be derived directly from this name. It was then replaced by the modern Persian name (gosh e-barreh), meaning "lamb's ear", then the Finno-Ugric peoples in western Siberia who were exposed to the dish by Iranian merchants in the Middle Ages gave it the name (pelnan) meaning "ear bread".

Shishbarak‎ or shushbarak, also known as tatarbari in Iraq, is a traditional dumpling dish made in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Hejaz, and Palestine which is similar to Italian ravioli. After being stuffed with ground beef or lamb and spices, thin wheat dough is cooked in yogurt and served hot in cooked yogurt.

It is an intriguing taste stemming from the intense flavor of , and then crowned with subtle aromas from the mint, cilantro and garlic.  preparing this dish in goat plain yogurt yields a much richer and intense flavor than if cooked with regular cow plain yogurt. And both are lovely.

Lahme bil Sanieh

Lahme bil Sanieh, which literally translates to Meat in a Tray  is meat spread in a tray and baked in the oven.  Some people have another name "LahmehbilSahen" which means Meat in a Plate.

In the old days, late nineteenth, early twentieth century, most people didn't have ovens in their homes. Lahme bil Sanieh was usually prepared by the family butcher and then sent to one of the city's many communal ovens to be baked. You can still get that today in Damascus especially in the old city and traditional old neighbourhoods.

The dish is made from minced lamb meat mixed with spices and spread in roasting tin with slices of tomatoes on top. Sliced potato and or sliced green peppers are optional toppings. The meat is usually eaten with Arabic flat bread and served with tahini yoghurt sauce.

Crunchy breadsticks with sesame seeds on top (Ka'k, Bosomat)

Bo'somat (Ka'k) is crispy, crunchy and totally addictive.

These crunchy Syrian breadsticks are perfect for snacking, as a side with your soup or have them traditionally with  a cup of tea.

Bo'somat sticks are perfect to use as a dipper. In Syria, Bo'somat is sold in every street. You can find them in stores and in all pastry shops. Usually made with all purpose flour, but recently you can find healthier choices made with whole wheat flour.

Traditionally, bo'somat is sprinkled with sesame seeds, but you can make them plain, sprinkle some nigella seeds .

Mamounieh (Syrian semolina pudding)

Mamounieh is an ancient dessert originating in Aleppo, Syria. It is traditionally eaten as breakfast food,in weddings and special occasions.

It is smooth and velvety semolina pudding topped with sizzling pine nuts, pistachio or any nuts you like and dashes of cinnamon. Some people like it hot, fresh for a wonderful winter dessert, while others prefer it cold or at room temperature in the summer, where it holds a firmer, more pudding-like consistency. There are people who like to add melted, white, stringy cheese to the dish, which is also very delicious!

Healthy dateand tahini bars

Arabian delights date with tahini bars recipe is the best thing you can do with dates in Syria especially in gym time. It is very healthy and full of energy.

These  bars are baked bars full of nuts and seeds. They are bound together by a thick date paste and ground up flax seeds and  coating them in a chocolate glaze sweetened with  dates.

Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals, energy, sugar, and fiber and other health-promoting nutrients that can help you stay healthy.

Pumpkins seeds  are the rich source of antioxidants as they are loaded with vitamins like- Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

Sunflower seeds are rich in healthy fats, beneficial plant compounds and several vitamins and minerals.

Tahini is a paste made from toasted, ground sesame seeds. It has a light, nutty flavor. It  is a great source of phosphorus and manganese, both of which play vital roles in bone health. It’s also high in thiamine (vitamin B1) and vitamin B6, which are important for energy production.