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Ayran (Syrian Yogurt Drink)

Ayran is a refreshing salty 3 ingredient Syrian yogurt drink that takes only 2 minutes to make. It is served throughout the Middle East with different names and variations. Here I will show you 3 most popular ways to make and enjoy Ayran.

This drink will make you enjoy whole milk yogurt to the fullest. Perked up with some salt it goes pretty well with any meaty or spicy meal. It is especially delicious with kebabs and shawarma too.

Ayran reminds us a little bit of Indian lassi, just without the common additions of mango or strawberry flavour and sugar.


Awameh is a dessert that dates back to the early medieval period and the 13th-century Abbasid Caliphate, where it is mentioned in several of the existent cookery books of that time.

Awameh is Syrian yeasted dough that is fried and then sweetened with rosewater or sugar syrup. It can be infused with different flavors by adding spices to the batter like anise  or cinnamon . You can also infuse the syrup by adding some cardamom pods or cinnamon sticks to it.

In the Levant, they are called awameh and in Egypt zalabya

Batata Harra (Spiced Potatoes)

Batata Harra literally means spicy or hot potatoes in Arabic.

Traditionally crispy deep-fried, dressed with a mix of garlic, spices, herbs and lemon, it is soft and fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.

These quick Syrian skillet potatoes pack tons of flavor from garlic, fresh herbs, and a unique mix of warm spices. A splash of lime juice adds a little extra brightness.

The ingredients used in the dish are quite beneficial, in perspective to health. Red peppers and chili have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, the vegetable is known to be very high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B2, Vitamin E, potassium, fiber, potassium, niacin and several other nutrients.

Batata Harra is a versatile dish that you can think of both as a side or even a unique potato salad.

Chicken livers with pomegranate molasses.

It is authentically known as Sawda Dajaj and is a dish of chicken livers, garlic and pomegranate molasses. Chicken livers are flavored with cumin and pomegranate molasses in this quick and easy dish that can be served as an appetizer or main.

Chicken livers are very high in protein and iron and contain a range of vitamins and minerals. They are perfect for anyone on a low-carb diet.

This Dish is delicious and easy to prepare in less than 30 minutes. It works as a main dish for lunch or dinner or as part of a lavish weekend brunch for family or friends.

The tenderness of the livers combined with the pomegranate sweetness will remind you of your favorite Syrian restaurant. Roll up your sleeves, toast your Baladi or Shami bread and make sure to dig in with all your heart!

Daoud Basha

Daoud is Arabic for David and Basha is a Turkish Ottman class title equivalent to Lord. This title was given to high ranking personnel in the Ottman political system like governors and army generals. Dawood Basha was a nobleman in the Levant and the dish was invented in his kitchen.

Daoud Basha dish is meatballs cooked in tomato sauce and served with rice or bulgur in the Levant country, while it is served with pasta in Europe.