Thursday, May 23, 2019

Ultimate Guide to Lebanese Vegan Food

One of the things I love about the Lebanese cuisine is the fact that a big chunk of it as already plant-based. Though I am not vegan, I hope I get there one day and I thought such a post could be helpful for vegans visiting Lebanon or wanting to be inspired by Lebanese cuisine (some also are Levantine).

Whether you're vegan or not, you're in a for a (vegan) treat because the food is simply delicious and you'll find a large variety which will ensure you never get bored. Below is a list of the different food you can order at restaurants and feel confident in your choices, or if you're renting an airbnb, maybe try and cook some of these yourselves? ;)

You'll find 6 categories below:
1- Mezza
2- Breakfast
3- Salads
4- Main Dishes 
5- Soups
6- Desserts

Lebaneze Mezza. Source: Zomato.com




Category 1: Mezza

  • Hommos (Chickpeas)
  • Moutabbal Batenjan (Eggplant)
  • Moussaka Batenjan (Eggplant)
  • Baba Ghanouj (Eggplant)
  • Makbous (Eggplant)
  • Stuffed Vine/ Grape Leaves - Rolls (Vegan option)
  • Stuffed Silverbeet (aka Swiss Chard) Leaves - Rolls
  • Kebbet Batata (Potato)
  • Mashed Potato (vegan option)
  • Kebbet Laktine (Pumpkin)
  • Batata b Kizbara (Potato cubes with Coriander)
  • Fried Cauliflower with Tahini
  • Fasoulia (fava beens) Moutabbaleh
  • Pickled Vegetables
  • Mhammara (Roasted pepper and walnut spread)

Mashed Potato Vegan Option

Category 2: Breakfast

  • Foul & Hommos (Fava Beans & Chickpeas)
  • Foul Balila (Fava Beans)
  • Man'ouche Zaatar (Lebanese Thyme)
  • Kaaket Zaatar (Lebanese Thyme) 
  • Fatayer Sbenigh (Spinach)

Man'ouche Zaatar. Source: Pinterest.com

Category 3: Salads

  • Fattoush
  • Tabbouleh
  • Rocca with Thyme
  • Bakle (Purslane)
  • Beetrood
  • Cabbage 

Beetrood Salad. Source: Natasha's Kitchen

Category 4: Main Dishes

  • Moghrabieh (Vegan option of course)
  • Bemye bi Zeit (Ocra)
  • Loubieh bi Zeit (Green Beans)
  • Fasoulia bi Zeit (Black Beans)
  • Bazella (Peas) mixed with Carrots with a side of rice dish
  • Falafel (Fava Beans & Chickpeas)
  • Moujaddara (Blended Lentil & Rice)
  • Moudardara (Lentil & Rice)
  • Hindbeh (Dandelion)
  • Borghoul bi Banadoura (Bulgur grains)
  • Stuffed Courgette / Eggplant / Potato with Rice & Tomato 
  • Spinach with Rice (Vegan option) 

Loubieh Bi Zeit - One of my all time favorite dishes. Source: PBS.org

 
Borghol bi Banadoura - Another one of my all time favorites! Source: Dina's Kitchen

Category 5: Soups

  • Vegetable Soup
  • Yellow Lentil Soup
  • Aadas bi Hamoud Soup (brown lentil )
  • Raheb Soup aka Monk's soup (See recipe here)

Yellow Lentil Soup. Source: simplyleb.com

Category 6: Desserts

  • Kaak with Debs (pomegranate molasses)
  • Jam (we're known for the Fig jam)
  • Biscuit & Raha (similar to Turkish Lokum - if done without the Gelatine)
  • Vegan Baklava (Vegan recipe)
  • Vegan Knefeh (Vegan recipe) - not sure if the last two are available in restaurants now, but maybe ask a Lebanese friend to make it for you.

Vegan Knefeh

I really hope this is useful, this is has been vetted by a vegan, but if I made a mistake somewhere or forgot any important dish, please say so in the comments so we can share the love with others.

#FROMLEBANONWITHFUNK



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