Ingredient: plain yogurt

Assyrian Holiday Cookies (Kileche/Kleicha)

Assyrian Holiday Cookies (Kileche/Kleicha)

Although I call these “Assyrian Holiday cookies,” the truth is they are very popular in the Middle East. In fact, they are Iraq’s national cookie; specifically the date filled ones.

Creamy Yogurt and Purslane Dip (Poorpookheena B’Mesta ooh Tooyma)

Creamy Yogurt and Purslane Dip (Poorpookheena B’Mesta ooh Tooyma)

What’s healthier than spinach and makes this dip extra special? PURSLANE! You might be asking yourself, “what the heck is purslane?” Well, I’m glad you asked! Purslane is an edible succulent that has a slightly sour taste. It can be eaten as is, steamed, or fried.

Assyrian Yogurt Soup (Mesta Tooymenta Ooh Beeh)

Assyrian Yogurt Soup (Mesta Tooymenta Ooh Beeh)

This is one of those dishes that doesn’t look very appetizing, but is super healthy, and tastes way better than it looks! When I feel like I’m coming down with something funky, like I do today, this soup hits the spot!


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