Most Popular Foods in Jordan: Part Four!
Writing Challenge: Day 9
Friday, April 9th. 2021
8. Falafel and the amazing experience of the Jordanian Breakfast:
Falafel is a very popular street food in Jordan and could be eaten as a breakfast, lunch or dinner. Not only it's cheap, but also very nutritious as it's prepared of ground chickpeas and deep-fried. It's usually served with one or more of these delicious dips: hummus "chickpeas", foul "broad beans" and mutabbal "eggplant", also known worldwide as baba ghanouj.
When Jordanians feel like having a whole meal in the morning, especially on Fridays -the weekend in Jordan-, some of these dishes besides falafel and these dips would be present on the breakfast table:
-Olives (green or black).
-Labaneh (hard yoghurt balls in olive oil).
-Nabulsi or Akkawi cheeses (White cheeses originated from two Palestinian cities, Nablus and Akka. They are made of cow, sheep or goat milk).
-Fried eggs prepared in ghee or olive oil.
-Olive oil and zaátar dip "ground thyme".
-Gallayeh: The literal meaning is "pan" and it refers to fried tomatoes prepared in a pan.
-Halaweh tahinieh, or what's known worldwide as "Tahini Halwa" is prepared of sesame seed paste, and served with either ghee or butter.
9. Green Salad and Tabbouleh:
The main and easy-prepared salad in Jordan is called green salad. It consists of cucumber, tomato, green pepper, parsley, lettuce. All must be chopped and the usual dressing is olive oil, lemon juice and dried mint. Some add chopped onions as well. During the month of fast "Ramadan", this fresh salad is eaten daily but with a little twist. Baked or fried pieces of pita bread are added creating "Fattoush": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fattoush
Tabbouleh is also a fine green salad that is very popular especially as a side dish with mahshi and kubbeh. The difference between the two salads is that groats is added to tabbouleh after it was being soaked in lemon juice for a while, and lettuce leaves are served whole on the side. Many Jordanians prefer to eat tabbouleh by hand, using the fresh and small lettuce or grape leaves as bread to eat tabbouleh.
10. Manakish, Mo'ajjanat and Sambosa:
Pronounced locally as "manageesh", are round baked pastries topped with thyme. They are very popular as a breakfast with red tea.
While the dough stays the same, it could also be topped or stuffed with any of the local cheeses like nabulsi, or imported ones like kashkaval, cheddar. This is known as "Mo'ajjanat", which means pies.
The famous variant of these pies which is eaten daily in the month of Ramadan is known locally as "Sambosa":
These triangular-shaped pies are stuffed with meat, cheese or vegetables. They are either baked or fried and are considered very important in the Ramadan cuisine of the country.