Easy Vegan Middle Eastern Recipes to make you feel like home.
Running a cooking school for 11 years has made me realize that Arabic food has got to be one of the easiest foods to translate to vegan.
This by no means qualifies me as a local guide but let’s consider it a recommendation from a local friend.
First, let’s begin with breakfast.
Jordanian breakfast consists of a whole range of vegan dishes Most notably Falafel Hummus and Foul; they are hearty, healthy, full of nutrients, and definitely one that gives you a bang for your buck for not more than 2 dollars you will be able to get your heart craving of falafel till your full a ¼ kilo of hummus and foul and not to mention free Arabic bread tea and pickles to go with it.
My favorite Falafel and Hummus street stalls in Amman are
Falafel Al Quds: this place in Rainbow street offers, what I like to call the ultimate Falafel Sandwich, with your option of sesame bread or plain the owner specializes only in making falafel sandwiches (forget the foul and hummus) after this sandwich you will be too full for them.
Al Kalha: the cleanest of the falafel vendors, this place is like the 5-star version of street food with their rebranding they are more a luxury falafel hummus and foul shop… lets’s call it the suave street stall.
Hashem: in downtown Amman is not my favorite in terms of taste, but it is in terms of atmosphere. The whole vibe is Ammani downtown and if you want to eat like a local head there for breakfast.
Abu Jbara: you will find this place on a lot of street corners, just google it and you will find the closest one to you! Best falafel humus and foul combo.
Abu Mahjoob: this is where we used to go when we skipped school. Well worth the B Cs and Ds
If you’r not in Jordan, try our homemade falafel recipe for a flavor to make you feel like your on the streets of Amman
Falafel 4-5 portion
- 2cups chickpeas (pre soaked overnight)
- 4cloves garlic
- 1bunch coriander
- 1 hot pepper
(as many extra herbs as you want and you can also add an onion)
- 1tspn salt
- 1tspn cumin powder
- 1tspn black pepper
- 1bunch coriander
- 1/2 tspn allspice
- 1 bunch parsley
- 1tspn sodium bicarbonate
- Soak 250 grams of dried chickpeas in water overnight.
- in a food processor or meat grinder add garlic, coriander and parsley
- once the texture is a paste – take the paste out and add cumin, black pepper and allspice
- preheat oil in a pot to fry the falafel in
- grab a small amount of paste and roll it in the shape of a ball using your hands or put water on a spoon and using another spoon form an oval shaped ball and then dip it into the hot oil to fry
- once the falafel ball starts turning brown at the edges turn it around so that it cooks on the other side
- leave to fry for another 1 minutes and take out and place on a paper towel to get colder, you can eat it with hummus and pita bread. Enjoy,
Hummus and Foul are available almost everywhere in Jordan. If your not here and want to feel like you are try recreating this vegan dish at home.
for the perfect hummus all you need is 1 cup boiled chickpeas or canned, a lot of lemon to taste (i would go for 2 lemons) a tspn of salt and 1/ cup of tahini and a crushed garlic
Same recipe applies for Foul. This recipe is one I learnt from a food stall owner who specialized in foul food for more than 36years in Lebanon and yes you guessed it his name is Tony and his appetite for foul supersedes his passion, lets just say he. knows it inside out.
In the recipe I am going to give you what you need is a very basic can of fava beans, wash the beans and put In a pot to cook on a low heat, once its his trick is to mash your garlic using a pestle and mortar with salt then add lemon mix it nicely together and then add your fava beans