Submitted by Bidisha on Sun, 07/25/2010 - 13:57.
Michigan, July 25th, 2010: Middle
Eastern cuisine is sometimes described as refined art; such is its diversity
and richness. It is influenced by dozens of cultures, and its spicy dishes
reflect the fact that the Middle East was either the source or the way for
spices that eventually spread to the whole world. Rice and various legumes,
especially lentils and chickpeas are staples of main course dishes and it also
includes lots of salads made from both fresh vegetables and fruits. Meaty items
like lamb, chicken and beef plays an important role in the cuisine, be it in
grilled or barbequed form and blends of common ingredients like coriander,
cumin, mint and other Arabian spices adds to the uniqueness of this fare.
Lebanese cuisine plays a very important role in placing Arabian food in the
world map of exotic food.