The Middle Eastern continent consists of various countries and cultures. Due to its long history and different ethnics across the regions, middle eastern food has become so diversified, making its way to neighbouring countries as well.
While there are plenty of meat dishes in their cuisines, vegetarian options are also widely available as there is a lot of Middle Easterners who are vegetarians.
Salad has always been the main dish for most vegetarians, especially among the European and Mediterranean communities. However, middle eastern salad differs slightly from the usual salad that we know.
What Is Tabbouleh?
Tabbouleh is almost similar to Fattoush, but with one clear distinction. Tabbouleh is a type of salad that mainly consists of finely chopped parsley. It also comes with onions, mint, diced tomatoes and bulgur, and garnished with olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper.
The Origins Of Tabbouleh
For centuries, herbs have been an essential ingredient of Arab cuisine. Tabbouleh is no exception. Tabbouleh originated in the mountains of Lebanon and Syria and considered a staple dish in the Middle Ages. Today, it is a national dish of Lebanon and has gained popularity across the globe.
How To Serve Tabbouleh?
Like salad, Tabbouleh can be eaten at any time of the day, although most people would prefer to have it for breakfast. In the Mediterranean, Tabbouleh is served as a starter before the main course. The Lebanese usually eats Tabbouleh with shredded lettuce, adding crunchiness to the salad.
Parsley is a commonly used herb in all parts of the world. It consists of an anti-inflammatory element that can help to reduce the risk of cancer and improve the immune system of our body.
Where To Find Tabbouleh?
Lebanese cuisine has gained popularity among Malaysian these days. There are numerous Lebanese restaurants in Malaysia, making it relatively easy to find this national dish. If you want to try it on your own, Tabbouleh is easy to make. The tedious part of the whole preparation process is the chopping of parsley. As it has to be finely chopped, you may reduce the preparation time by roughly blending it in a food processor.
Since the main ingredient for Tabbouleh is bulgur, it is not a grain-free salad. For people who are practising Keto diet or no-carbs diet, you may opt to remove bulgur and replace it with other ingredients, such as nuts and fruits.
This dish is so versatile that you may add in any ingredients that you like. So get ready now and create your version of Tabbouleh!
If you would like to try Tabbouleh in your local area, here are some restaurants suggestions:
- Lebanon Restaurant
- Arabic Restaurant Traim
- Byblos Cafe & Lounge
- Tarbush Restaurant
- Al-Amar Express
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