Bring the sun-baked flavors of the Middle East to your kitchen with our lightened versions of traditional dishes.
The Flavors of the Middle East
Wander through any Middle Eastern bazaar, and piney caraway, gingery cardamom, and citrusy coriander will engulf your senses. These recipes incorporate fresh ingredients and clever calorie cuts to create lighter versions of some of the region's most popular dishes.
Iran takes rice to new heights. For chelo, the rice is parboiled, and then fried in a pan, covered with a cloth, and steamed with butter and salt, creating a crispy, golden crust on the bottom. We cut back on the butter and salt, but the rice still forms a good crust, known as tah dig. Use a nonstick pan here so you can invert the whole pan of rice and show the golden brown crust.