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« on: May 21, 2012, 07:17:40 pm »

It's a question, so I'll put it here on the main board.  Want to know a bit of details on these 2 Middle-Eastern foods.   Heard a lot about them but never cooked them nor found out much.   I simply presume falafel is a Middle-Eastern veggie kebab and hummus a veggie soup.  But I could be wrong.
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2012, 08:16:10 pm »

Falafel is a chickpea kebab and hummus is a chickpea dip.   'Hummus' is supposed to be the Arabic word for chickpea.
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2012, 08:17:31 pm »

Aww!  I see.  I was way wrong.  Any more general info on hummus, please?
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2012, 08:28:43 pm »

Hummus is supposed to have originated from Egypt more than 7,000 years ago which makes it he oldest middle-eastern food.  Hummus varies in different restaurants and also in different homes.  Some like the lemon flavor while others prefer the garlic flavor while yet some opt for a real spicy hummus.  One simply needs to keep one's own tastebuds in mind.  A common ingredient put in hummus dip is tahini, which is sesame seed paste.  But if you don't like tahini, lessen the quantity or omit it altogether.  Children usually don't like tahini.  It can even have varying colors depending on the precise ingredients you've used.  If you use tahini, it will look a bit brownish, if you omit tahini it will look more whitish and if you use red pepper it will look quite orange and so on.   It's had as a dip with either pita bread or pita bread chips.   
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2012, 08:31:34 pm »

That sounds much more interesting than I imagined !!  I often hear of garbanzo beans being used in hummus.  Is it similar to chickpeas?
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2012, 08:32:41 pm »

It's exactly the same thing as chickpeas.  'Garbanzo' is the Spanish name for chickpeas.
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2012, 08:33:29 pm »

Another Middle-Eastern delicacy is shawarma.  I guess you would know what that is.  Really popular in the ME with plenty of shawarma shops in Canada too owned by Middle eastern families.
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2012, 08:34:36 pm »

Yeah, shawarma is another Middle-Eastern goodie I keep hearing about but never made it nor ate it.
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2012, 08:35:58 pm »

O!  you've never eaten shawarma?  It's pretty nice.  I haven't ever made it either but we often buy it and bring it home from a few middle eastern fast food eateries close to our home.  The kids and my husband love it.  But we have to tell them not to add tahini sauce otherwise they usually do.  We add our own coriander or mint chutney at home. 
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2012, 08:37:47 pm »

I've heard shawarma is made with lamb.  Can it also be made with chicken similarly.
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2012, 08:38:18 pm »

I suppose yes, why not? 
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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2012, 08:39:11 pm »

and What does shawarma mean, by the way?
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« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2012, 08:41:00 pm »

Shawarma is  a Turkish word meaning "to turn."  It refers to the equipment used for cooking the spicy marinated lamb for the shawarma.  It's turned around on a rotisserie as it cooks, hence the turning phrase.  But this is the traditional style .. the method for preparing the shawarma meat in commercial eateries.  The home style shawarma doesn't need this fuss.  You can simply cook it your way in your kitchen cooker.
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« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2012, 08:43:37 pm »

I had some very nice shawarma in Turkey.
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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2012, 08:44:41 pm »

Really?   how exactly was it made?
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