Jordanian cuisine prepares food in traditional style and use varied techniques that include grilling, baking and sautéing by stuffing vegetables, poultry and meat. Jordanian food also includes roasting and special sauces making their foods tasty and delicious indeed! The most predominant base oil used in Jordan cuisine is olive oil as the country is one of the largest producers of olives.

The conventional Jordanian delicacies are strong with the flavors of garlic, onion, herbs, lemon and tomato sauce. Herbs like Sumac and Zatar are widely used in most of their cuisine. Yogurt is the most common side dish with almost all foods. Dried yogurt or Jameed is served with Mensaf – this is the national dish of Jordan.

Here are seven popular traditional foods of Jordan, which you should never miss:

1. Mensaf


Mensaf is the national dish of Jordan. It is a lamb dish cooked in dried yogurt. It is topped with rice, spice and almonds. This dish is served on a large platter and is placed in the centre of the table. The dish is served along with breads. The lambs that are served are so tender that you can scoop them up with rice.

2. Maqluba


In Arabic Maqluba means upside down. Meat, fried vegetables and rice are layered and cooked together in a pot and then served. Egg plants, tomatoes, cauliflower, potatoes, chicken or lamb are some of the ingredients which are required to prepare this mouth watering dish.

3. Hummus


Hummus is famous all over the world but in Jordan it acquires a special taste. Chick peas are boiled and blended smoothly with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and tahini paste. Parsley is used for toppings.

4. Kubbeh


This dish is prepared with minced meat mixed with herb and is covered in crushed wheat. It is fried and is shaped similar to American ball.

5. Falafel


Jordanian falafel balls generally comes in small sizes and is prepared with fried chickpea flours, which is considered one of the most popular Middle Eastern spice. You need to dip them in mezze while eating.

6. Tabouleh


This is a salad which is prepared with tomatoes, onions, bulgur and finely chopped parsley. The dish is seasoned with lemon juice and olive oil. This dish is really very tasty.

6. Coffee


You get two styles of coffee in Jordan, one “Arabic” coffee and one Turkish-style coffee. The Arabic coffee is prepared with cardamom and roasted beans whereas in Turkish style coffee, water is boiled in a metal cup and grounds along with sugar is added to it. You can order it with sugar or without sugar.

Food is a significant aspect for Jordans and the Jordanians use the food to express their generosity and hospitality.


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