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Golden milk (Turmeric latte)

Golden milk or turmeric latte is a warm and comforting drink that is popular in southern Syria and has gained a lot of popularity in recent years due to its health benefits.

As the name implies, the key ingredients here are turmeric and milk but the ingredient list does not stop there. Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper and ghee are all added to turn this drink into a nutritional powerhouse.

You see, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and turmeric are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that help in reducing inflammation and pain in joints. Other health benefits that have been attributed to this combination of spices is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal properties, lowering blood sugar, protecting against cancer and heart disease, improving mood, memory and brain function.

It is definitely a drink worth adding to your list. Golden milk is caffeine free, it is soothing and comforting especially after a long day and the best part is that it tastes heavenly.

Chocodate (chocolate covered dates)

Arabian delights chocodates recipe is the best thing you can do with dates in Syria. It is very common during the holy month of Ramadan

Chocodates are a very delicious treat and snack and this recipe is very easy to prepare and the best part is you can make it as you like so let your imagination go wild. You can decorate it with milk chocolate ribbons may be rolling the dates before freezing them in some coconut flakes, adding orange blossom water to the melted chocolate, adding some ground cardamom if you like..

You can stuff some of dates with only one almond and others with two, this depends on the size of the dates. You can also stuff it with your favorite nut or combination like pistachios.

Muhammra: Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Muhammara or Mhammara is a rich, smokey-sweet and spicy dip, made basically of roasted red bell peppers and walnuts. It originated in Aleppo, Syria so Aleppo pepper is a main ingredient.

Muhammara is made of roasted red bell peppers, you can use canned/jarred roasted bell pepper or frozen. The texture will be a little bit watery than when you use fresh peppers but the taste will still be amazing.

Next comes the walnut for decoration and to make the dip hearty. Then bread crumbs for texture. We also have lemon juice for tartness, cumin for smokiness, paprika for color, cayenne pepper for spiciness, olive oil for richness and pomegranate molasses for sweetness and fresh garlic.

Scoop it up with pita, dig in with tortilla chips or dip your veggies in and enjoy the crunch.

Muhammara goes perfectly with everything. It can be used as a starter if you are hosting, or even for your weeknight dinners. It is a great snack with some veggies.

You can also use it as a spread for sandwiches, a great topping for your grilled meat and even for your pasta.

Watermelon salad with hallum (goat Cheese)

Summery watermelon salad is the best sweet and salty treat especially in hot days. It is great for parties and dinner gatherings. Here is a refreshing watermelon salad with a Syrian touch.

You can eat watermelon cubes with hallum cheese sandwiches as a snack, lunch and even dinner. That’s the amazing watermelon and hallum dinner time and welcomed by everyone is Syria.

On the other hand, rocca is a traditional add on to hallum cheese sandwiches. So why not combine all of these amazing flavors and textures together in a big bowl of watermelon salad and enjoy all day long? The addition of black olives is optional but highly appreciated.

Stuffed artichokes with meat

Artichokes are often considered a vegetable, but they are also a type of thistle.

This plant originated in the Mediterranean and has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties.

Its alleged health benefits include lower blood sugar levels and improved digestion, heart health, and liver health. Artichokes are low in fat while rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Stuffed artichoke casserole is one of the most common artichoke recipes in Syria. Artichoke bottoms stuffed with a flavorful ground beef mixture and cooked in a tomato sauce. It has many methods of cooking.  It can also be eaten as a salad.