Middle Eastern Side Dishes
January 17, 2014 11:05 PM Subscribe
I need a really good vegetable side dish. Twist: Middle Eastern.
A friend is coming over tomorrow with homemade falafel. It's been a running thing between us that we both have a great deal of interest in cooking, but this is the first time we will have eaten each other's food. I have been asked to contribute side dishes for dinner; I'd like to do a vegetable in addition to the prerequisite rice to balance out the meal, but many of my staples are not thematically appropriate. Poking around on the usual food blogs gives me a lot of Middle Eastern vegetarian main dishes (which I'd like to avoid) and many vaguely "inspired by" things that don't look particularly exciting. So I draw upon the hive mind: What's your favorite Middle Eastern veggie dish?
What I have: access to time, a fully equipped kitchen, and lots of international markets. A passing familiarity with Morrocan, Syrian, Lebanese, Iranian and Israeli food. Decent cooking skills and comprehension. A lot of enthusiasm.
I must win this, Metafilter. The honor my house (well, kitchen!) has been challenged!