Baked Lamb Chops

Palestinian Cuisine   by Chris Jenkins

Having decided to travel to the Palestinian town of Bethlehem it is not enough to admire the views and see all there is to see in this holy town one also has to dine. This is an overview of what kind of food the Palestinian people eat. Palestinian cuisine is a combination that stems from many different cultures. Overall Palestinian dishes have been inspired by three major Islamic groups: the Arabs, the Persian-influenced Arabs and the Turks. The Arabs brought with them simple culinary traditions based on rice, lamb, yogurt and dates. From Palestine we get olives, dried figs, raisins, the carob fruit, apples and pine nuts. Palestinian cuisine is divided up among its three primary regions. From the Galilee we get bulgur and beef or lamb. The West Bank has heavy meals with main dishes consisting of rice, flatbreads and roasted meats. On the Gaza Strip the main ingredient is fish due to their location on the Mediterranean coast. Their taste in food is influenced by traditional Egyptian cooking and they use chili peppers, dill seeds and garlic as the most common seasonings. Galilee food is very similar to Lebanese cuisine and their meals are based on bulgur, minced lamb or beef mixed with pepper and allspice among other spices which they combine and roll into balls and serve with mint leaves. Itââ

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