Syrian dishes are mainly focused around the ‘mezze’ concept, of small dishes that are perfect to share amongst family and friends. Like other Middle Eastern cuisines, the food in Syria includes hummus, stuffed vine leaves and flaky, sweet baklava for dessert. Key ingredients include garlic, meat (mostly from lamb and sheep), rice, chickpeas, fava beans, lentils, cabbage, cauliflower, vine leaves, olive oil, lemon juice, mint, pistachios, honey and fruits.
Syrian cuisine is becoming increasingly well known around the world, and so it should! There’s a huge tradition of culture and history behind every dish. For a taste of these delicious flavours, consider making some recipes at home.
We’re sharing some of the best classic regional dishes. These recipes aren’t just any recipes either, as they have been created by the world’s top food bloggers. The best of the best. Make sure check out the other great dishes on their sites too.
The Best Syrian Dishes
This Syrian pasta with lentils is the ultimate Middle-Eastern comfort food. It is flavoured with pomegranate, sumac, and caramelized onions, and topped with crispy homemade pita chips.
Recipe created by Zena.
This Muhammara recipe is simple, quick and bursting with authentic Middle Eastern flavours. It all comes together in the bowl (or your food processor) in just a few easy steps.
Recipe created by Aysegul.
Khshaf Hamwi is a milk pudding topped with syrup made from lemon juice, Sharab Tout Shami “mulberry syrup” and rose syrup. It is popular in summer and very special in the holy month of Ramadan.
Recipe created by Dimah.
The tang of the sumac and the crunch of the pine nuts give this otherwise restrained dish its character. This is not a dish that’s going to hit you over the head with big flavor. Instead, it’s quite gentle and even austere.
Recipe created by Carolyn.
This gorgeous Okra and meat stew is absolutely bursting with flavour and ideal for serving with bread for dipping. Cooked low and slow, it is the ideal meal to share with friends.
Recipe created by Elisabeth.
This hummus has the perfect balance of flavours with a smooth, creamy texture. You can add the optional teaspoon of cumin, which gives a touch of spice to the hummus.
Recipe created by Maegan.
An old recipe from Syria that features lamb and kidney beans. It is slow cooked and utterly wholesome and delicious.
Recipe created by Annie.