The Syrian Pantry
Named after the town of Aleppo, these small, red and mildly hot chiles are sun-dried and ground into a powder.
The fine grade is used in kibbe (Middle Eastern meatballs); the coarse grade is eaten on its own, or in stuffings for vegetables like zucchini.
This strained yogurt (often made from sheep’s or goat’s milk) makes a lovely dip mixed with fresh tarragon and chopped garlic.
This sesame-seed paste is used in hummus and the Syrian dressing taratour, which is eaten with vegetables like beets or Swiss chard.
A versatile spice blend. In addition to the dried thyme, sumac and sesame seeds in Jordanian and Lebanese za’atar, the Syrian version has ground roasted chickpeas, fennel seeds, coriander, cumin and black sunflower seeds.
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