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Ghoriba is a shortbread-type biscuit, prepared in Syria and many other parts of the Arab world. It is a round, shortbread cookie made with flour, sugar, butter, and different kinds of almonds, pistachio, or coconut. It is often served with Arabic coffee or mint tea.

You can find the best kinds of Ghoriba in most of Syrian bakeries. It is the favorite traditional dessert in the Syrian cuisine for all occasions. Ghoriba usually sold in a pre-packaged form in metal boxes. This kind of biscuit is known as a part of local culture and tradition in Syria.


Saint Barbara's Day is a holiday annually celebrated on December 4 among Middle Eastern Christians in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. Traditionally, adults and children wearing disguises go around houses in the villages dancing and singing the story of Saint Barbara; and in each house, they are offered food specially prepared for that feast (and sometimes money). It is celebrated in honor of the Christian Saint and Martyr Saint Barbara, who disguised herself as many different characters to elude the Romans who were persecuting her. It was believed she was miraculously saved from persecution while fleeing: She ran through freshly planted wheat fields, which grew instantly to cover her path.


Mlehy is a national dish and ceremonial plate for great occasions, weddings and celebration from Houran. It is symbol of generosity because up till this day nothing can show your generosity more than heaps of meat served over large trays and it is the way people of Houran show their generosity to their guests.

Mlehy is made by cooking lamb with its bones (or chicken for less formal occasions) in a broth made with solid milk "Kathi or Jameed" and Arab ghee.

The dish is very similar to the Jordanian mansaf but it uses Bulgur instead of rice.

Mlehy is very rich in benefits because it is contains all nutrients, in addition to its wonderful taste.

The Syrian Sweet Zalabia

Zalabia dessert is made by deep-frying flour batter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup. It is popular all over South Asia and the Middle East. 

Zalabia dessert is very famous in Syrian pastry, and it is served specially in celebrating the feast of the Epiphany in January, and it is traditionally given to the poor during Ramadan.

Five simple ingredients are all you need to make Zalabia: yeast, flour, corn starch, water and a pinch of sugar, spiced with anise, cinnamon, and oil for frying. This dessert can be served warm or cold.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Malfouf)

A cabbage roll is a traditional dish consisting of cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings.

The Arabic name of cabbage is “malfouf”, however this word originally means wrapped up and that explains where the name of cabbage comes from.

Stuffed cabbage roll recipe is part of the Syrian cuisine and is considered a comfort food. Some are strictly vegetarian filled with buckwheat groats, barley or millet, while others feature beef, lamb or pork.