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Vegan Recipes from the Middle East

Preparation time: 45 minutes


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Vegan Recipes from the Middle East by Parvin Razavi

Published by Grub Street Publishing

Enjoyment, hospitality, tradition, creativity, sustainability and joy of life ̶ these starting points were the inspiration for this book. The cooking of vegetables is treated with reverence in the lands that make up the rich and varied tapestry of the Middle East. The people depend on the grains and pulses, nuts, vegetables and fruits of the region for their daily food and Parvin Razavi has taken the fresh and varied cuisines of Iran, Armenia, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Turkey to create a beautiful vegan cookbook. Whether as a main course or for the traditional mezze, this book contains dishes that blend natural culinary delights from the various food cultures and combines them with contemporary approaches. Here are warm and spicy stuffed vegetables, cool and fragrant soups, delicate preserves, pilafs, breads, pickles, relishes and pastries. The varied cuisines of the Middle East provide a wealth of vegan recipes. PARVIN RAZAVI was born in Iran and spent her early years at the Caspian Sea and in Tehran until their family emigrated to Europe. She had always been fascinated by her family kitchen and her culinary talent was valued for many years just among her circle of friends, before she made her passion into her profession. From then on, she wrote her own very successful foodblog ‘thx4cooking’ and began as an editor at Biorama, a magazine for a sustainable lifestyle.

© 2018 Parvin Razavi / Grub Street Publishing · Reproduced with permission.


  • Step 1

    Knead the almonds, sugar, vegan butter and rosewater either in a food processor or by hand into a homogenous mass.

  • Step 2

    Take 3 sheets of filo pastry and lay them so that they overlap and there is a long pastry line.

  • Step 3

    Now spread the almond mixture on the pastry leaving 5 cm clear at the bottom edge. Then carefully roll up the pastry into a long sausage.

  • Step 4

    Coil this roll carefully into a greased baking tin and brush the melted butter on it.

  • Step 5

    Bake in the oven at 180°C/350°F/gas 4 for 20 minutes or until the pastry has turned golden brown.

  • Step 6

    Sprinkle with rose petals and serve preferably while still a little warm.

    Tip: If you have time, you can make the filo pastry yourself. To do this, knead 500 g flour, 2 tbsp olive oil, 250 ml water, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 pinch of salt into a dough. Leave to rest under a cloth for approximately 30 minutes. Roll out very thinly as required.

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