A mix of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, North African and Indian cuisines, Arabic food is vibrant, varied and often laced with spice. Hospitality is central to Arabic culture and many home cooks spend hours, sometimes days, preparing an impressive spread of dishes for family feasts. Lamb, pulses and vegetables are common ingredients among mains, while bread and rice are staple sides. Classic dishes include moghrabieh, lamb tagine and stuffed red capsicums. Arabic desserts, such as semolina slice, tend to be on the sweeter side and often contain nuts, fruit and fragrant floral notes. This French-Middle Eastern fusion dessert – rhubarb, pistachio and orange blossom frangipane tart with rhubarb syrup – is a delicious one to try.


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To find out more about Arabic cuisine, check out our Lebanese, Moroccan, Afghan, Pakistani and Iranian food guides.