I really like to visit Jordan because of its wounders, beautiful and ancient sites, but when the topic is food, then I have to surrend to it! In previous article I introduced mansaf, the jordanian traditional dish and this time I have even more to share with you: waraq dawali and kusa. This culinary speciality is common in the Middle East or better in the old Ottoman empire, in Balcans and Central Asia. The main ingredients are vegetables and rice; in “waraq dawali” are grape leaves wrapped around and in “kusa ” are filled zucchini. There are also other variants with tomatoes or peppers. Mahshi waraq ‘inab in Arabic means “stuffed grape leaf” can you eat warm or cold, in both cases you will experience a great taste!
Each grape leaf needs to be wrapped and you can imagine how long will take to fill in each leaf with rice in order to prepare enough portions for an entire family. This preparation can take several hours and requires a good family cooperation…so it is a social experience for sharing 🙂
Jordanian traditional Mansaf
When in Jordanian you say “zaki” you refer to something good, delicious to eat. In this case Mansaf the traditional Jordanian dish is the delicious one! Eating mansaf is an experience of taste, usually made with lamb in sauce of dried yoghurt and rice and garnished with roasted almonds and pine nuts. Mansaf is cooked particularly during celebrations but in my case Sana made her best dish ever to welcome us!
In every celebrations you should never miss a knafeh, a delicious pastry soaked in sweet syrup and topped with pistachios and made with soft cheese. I tasted in different occasions, during Ramadan or for celebrating a marriage or a party. Just delicious!!!
a delicious knafeh
Visiting Jordan is a combination of history and nature, Roman and Hellenic, religious and ancient. I was so lucky in crossing all Jordan and visiting key places of the Holy Land: one of this treasure is Mount Nebo. It was spring time and all around the fragrances of flowers and green bushes. All around me was a flourishing land, perfect season for my Jordanian trip!
Look around in Mount Nebo (817 m.) you can see the Brazen serpent statue facing the Jordanian hills, the beautiful mosaics that will enchant you and the holy atmosphere…
Mosaics Mount Nebo
- Monte Nebo
I still remember my last journey in Umm Qais, Jordan. The warm lights of the sunset of an intense red, the light wind touch and the ancient atmosphere that only in Jordan I ever experienced. All around me inspire greatness of old times, present and past here in the North of Jordan meet harmoniously. Hellenic and Roman are present at this archaeological site and represent the cycle of time and the interchanges of civilizations and different cultures. I love this place and I use to visit everytime I come to Jordan 🙂
- Ancient Umm Qais (arabellajordana.wordpress.com)