Dictionary of Greek, Persian and Mediterranean Food Items

Baba Ghanouj

Roasted eggplant, tahini, spices


A rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.

Chelo Kabob Koobide

Ground beef and lamb skewer


Grape leaves stuffed with rice, onions, special herbs


A deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas and/or fava beans.


A brined curd cheese traditionally made in Greece.

Gyros (Pronounced Yee-Ros)

A Turkish dish made of roasted meat cooked on a vertical spit.  It consists of shaved lamb, goat, chicken, turkey, beef, or mixed meats roasted on a spit.


Puree of chick peas, tahini, lemon juice and spices


Chicken skewers marinated in saffron sauce


Includes grilled, roasted, and stewed dishes of large or small cuts of meat, or even ground meat; it may be served on plates, in sandwiches, or in bowls.

Khoresh Bademjan

Persian braised meat and eggplant


An eggplant based dish of the Balkans, Eastern Mediterranean, and the Middle East. The best known variation outside the region is the Greek one.

Persian Must o Khiar

Yogurt cucumber rice


A salad without lettuce; tomato, cucumber, onion and mint salad

Sholen Zard

Rice, sugar, saffron, rosewater, pistachios, almond and cinnamon


A popular Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer. It may be served on the skewer for eating out of hand, in a pita sandwich with garnishes and sauces, or on a dinner plate


Cheese and spinach pie


Paste of ground sesame seeds used in cooking.


Cheese pie

Tzatziki Sauce

Made of strained yogurt (usually from sheep or goat milk) mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, usually olive oil, pepper, sometimes lemon juice, and parsley.

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