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What was this pickled vegetable which I was served at a middle eastern restaurant?

I suspect that these will be pickled almonds. Almonds are a favorite ingredient in many middle-Eastern dishes. The green color and fuzz give it away, most other fruits like apricots and plums lack ...
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Iranian Sweet Dish consisting of Lamb Paste

As confirmed in comments, the dish is khoresht mast. According to this recipe and this video, the main ingredients seem to be lamb or beef neck, yoghurt, sugar, saffron, rosewater, and garnishes of ...
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What was this pickled vegetable which I was served at a middle eastern restaurant?

It's probably green almonds like bob1 suggested. We eat them raw as a fruit or they can be pickled. They are called Oja in the Syrian region عوجا.
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Some tahini tastes very salty, other tahini does not. Why?

Just toured 17 tahini factories in Palestine. The traditional process soaks the sesame seeds in salt water, first to soften the hull for de-hulling, again to separate the hulls from the seeds, and ...
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Is allspice traditional in the Levant?

Allspice is, indeed, the only commonly used spice* native to North America. It is also very commonly used in various Arabic, Central Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. It is a standard part of the ...
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Can I still use a Tagine that was outside for a while?

If all the tagine was exposed to is water and dirt then you should be fine as long as you clean it off and bake it to drive out any water. Tagines are generally unglazed on one side so will absorb ...
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How do I adjust the cooking time on a baked rice dish if I reduce the recipe by half?

The recipe calls for simmering 30 mins, baking 30 mins, resting 10 mins. This isn't quite an accurate representation of the recipe. The recipe calls for baking cauliflower and eggplant for 20 minutes ...
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Harissa powder to paste

I was just in Morocco and asked some of the owners selling the spice how to do it, the answer I got was: Add 100 grams of Harissa powder Add 1/2 cup water Add 1/2 cup of EVOO I would add that I have ...
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Troubleshooting a soggy baklava with torn sheets

It depends if you want a nice baklava or a quick one. I am not familiar about the quick baklava, so I will share my tips on delicious baklava: Phyllo pastry needs to be at room temperature before you ...
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What is Balkan bread?

It's almost certainly a type of pogacha, or possibly kruh. Originally, "pogacha" basically meant "bread baked on a hearth", or in other words, "bread" (when the word was ...
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What are some of the most important things to keep in mind, when making great falafels?

Some points in addition to rackandboneman's excellent advice: Use soaked dried chickpeas, and not canned or cooked chickpeas. This eliminates the need for flour or other binders, as well as tasting ...
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Iranian Sweet Dish consisting of Lamb Paste

I disagree with the accepted answer, as the question states it was a dessert, which does not apply to Khoresht-e Mast. I am Iranian myself and to me, it sounds more like a local form of Haleem. It's a ...
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How to get falafel to hold together when pan-frying?

I used almond flour as an alternative and it worked pretty well. The perfect temperature is difficult at first but just keep trying....falafels are worth the efforts.
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Harissa powder to paste

Impossible to say. Just mix and match. When it becomes a paste, you're done. There is no "The Harissa Paste Recipe" (although most share the main ingredients), so you'll just have to go by the ...
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Is allspice traditional in the Levant?

Allspice is very widely used in the Levant, and it is from Central America originally, and it's not a contradiction. Corn, potato, tomato, bell pepper, chili pepper, vanilla, tobacco, beans, pumpkin, ...
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Looking for advice on making halva w/ allulose - first attempt came out gummy and taffy-like w/ oil separation

It's really better to work in weight especially when cooking with different types of sugar. Trying to change the fineness of sugar, and the sugar chemistry, and then make up for it with adjusting ...
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Common term for "roughly-grind Semolina" (as used to make couscous)

The question seems to confuse some terminology. Let's first clear some things up. Bulgur is NOT a grind size. It is a process. "Bulgur wheat" (in English anyway) refers to whole or cracked or ...
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Cold weather kofta?

There are plenty of parts of the Middle East where it gets pretty chilly, snowy etc. when it's wintertime. I suppose the citizens there must have options in their cuisine to cover all times of the ...
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Falafel vs onion baji

They're both fried, but they don't seem to be that similar in composition. Falafel isn't veggies in flour, it's pretty much just a seasoned chickpea (or fava bean) paste. That paste is pretty thick, ...
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Are curd and sour cream typical middle-eastern food?

This looks like it's most likely labneh, a form of yogurt that's strained to remove some of its moisture. The texture can range from a thick sour-cream consistency to something like dense cream cheese,...
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Stretchy Lebanese flatbread?

Well I am Lebanese, and there is few small steps to make a good authentic Lebanese bread that looks like that: There is another type of bread called Saj Bread: Here is a video about it. Another ...
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Stretchy Lebanese flatbread?

In Melbourne, Australia, there are several types of flatbread termed Lebanese and one I know is stretchy-like. If you check out Australian chefs for recipes - Donna Hay, Greg Maloof and you'll need ...
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How to get falafel to hold together when pan-frying?

I've also heard(haven't actually tried) that egg works as a good binder, like a meatball mixture, and that seems to make sense.
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What is the ideal temperature for water added to chickpea flour for falafel?

I have always used room temperature water, & have never had any problem. Generally I take the water from the Brtia filter sitting on my countertop.
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What cut of ground beef is ideal to mix with ground lamb for kofta?

Try half and half sirloin and chuck for your beef. If you're grinding your own or can otherwise get quite specific, use sirloin tips. Ground, they're just as good as the much more expensive top ...
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Non-Quick Cooking Couscous - Is that a real thing anywhere?

I bought a bag of couscous from a middle-eastern market in Dallas and it is the non-instant type. I have no idea how to cook it but I made an Indian sweet with it, eyeballing the amount of liquid as I ...
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Troubleshooting a soggy baklava with torn sheets

Ripping Sheets of Filo: The sheets are still cold. The dough will tear near the center wrinkles when it's too cold. Room temp dough allows you to gently pull out all the wrinkles and the dough ...
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Is it possible to create good hummus without a food processor?

Another idea: push the chick peas through a strainer with wooden spoon. You can probably get your hummus as smooth as you would with a blender. Worked for me.
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What are some of the most important things to keep in mind, when making great falafels?

Keep some chickpea flour (sold inexpensively as gram flour at indian stores) handy, this can help binding and deal with excess water (especially if the kind of chopper/blender you use requires more ...
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Aleppo Pepper + Heat

Try it & see ;) Aleppo isn't particularly hot; I haven't checked it on the Scoville scale, but just from experience, though it's got a little kick to it, & that kick can be quite variable ...
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