Syrian Cooking is a place for me to share my passion about cooking with you. I got the idea to create this website after trying to find a Syrian recipe online. I was surprised not to find good and reliable resources (if any). Too bad that such an ancient and delectable cuisine is not well represented online for all people around the world to taste.
All recipes on this website are inherited generation after generation. Some I learned from my mom, grandma, or a friend’s moms. I try to retain the original recipe, but have to make some changes sometimes to make it more practical. I usually refer to any changes in the recipe. I try to find most of my ingredients in the local market. This is sometimes hard to do when you are living in the middle of nowhere in Iowa. But look at the bright side, many of the site visitors may not get authentic Syrian ingredients and will have to substitute somehow. This website will help you by suggesting alternatives for things you might not find in your local market.
Before I upload any recipe, I would have usually prepared it several times. I prepare it one more time and write down the exact measurements, since a lot of our dishes use eye-balling. I am using the American measurement system for this website. All pictures are taken by me or my husband.
For the last five years I have not been able to write new recipes because of all the violence in Syria. However, recently, I have been contacted by many warm-hearted people who wanted to host Syrian refugees and/or make them feel welcome. I deeply and sincerely appreciate such support. I will be adding more content to the website to help in that regard, such as lists of Syrian grocery items, kitchen items, Syrian food culture and culture in general.
I can also add Arabic/English expressions to help foster communication, if needed (that’s the linguist side of me interfering!)
Please let me know if there is anything else to add that can be helpful.
Enjoy the Syrian Cooking (sahtain!)