Arabic Cuisine

Arabic Cuisine

The essential ingredient included in the Arabic cuisine is hospitality! If you have the opportunity to be invited to an Arabs home for lunch or dinner then you will be expected take the host a gift, usually flowers or chocolates are the norm. If you are hosting an Arabic dinner then you must learn to say ‘tasathalo’ meaning ‘do me the honor’ when you wish to invite them to be seated at the table. It may be a nice gesture to learn some basic phrases of the Arab language.

Formal meals special celebratory dinners usually consist of generous quantities of chicken, veal, or lamb with rice dishes, boiled vegetable in a tomato salsa seasoned with typical Arabic aromatic spices and herbs. Lots of salad dishes and a variety of smaller side dishes will also be served. Arabic cuisine can take a long time to prepare such as stuffed zucchini, green peppers, stuffed grape leaves and cabbage. Muslim Arabs do not eat pork and never touch alcohol, tea is the desired drink alongside sometimes coffee. However some Arabic countries like Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria do sell alcohol and pork as some of their populations include Christian Arabs who still enjoy these. The Arabic diet includes a variety of ingredients not normally used in the Western kitchen, like fava beans. dates, sesame seed oil, feta cheese, olives, and olive oils.
Spices are important ingredients in Arabic cuisine with the most common being, allspice, nutmeg, cardamon, cumin, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, saffron and sumac. The Arabic spice trade goes back centuries! Vegetables like cauliflower, okra, spinach, beans, zucchini and eggplant are the most popular either cooked or raw. Fresh peas and legumes, hummus, filo pastry, dried beans and lentils are also often included in Arabic cuisine.

The Mezzah are a variety of smaller dishes that compliment the main course, and usually include, vegetables, a variety of pulses, grains and salad.

In any Arab country many famous traditions and religious celebrations are celebrated with food. The Middle Eastern people use any excuse to use food for social interactions and also mark Muslim and Christian holidays with special food dishes.
Many of you will have seen the word ‘HALAL’ on signs above Middle Eastern style butchers, this means ‘allowed’ and ensures the animals have been slaughtered by a ritual, not dissimilar to ‘kosher meat. the Jewish tradition.

About the Quran

About the Quran

The Quran is one of the most famous religious literary compilations ever written. It contains revelations from the Prophet Muhammad who was believed to be visited by the Angel Gabriel with messages from God. On his death in 632 C.E the original Quranic texts were created into a book by order of the first government in Islam known as the Caliph. It is a way of life for Muslims and has laid down the laws, social codes, moral behavior and commandments for all. The Quran is made up of 114 chapters known as suras, filled with verses (ayat) all in the original language of Arabic.

To all Muslims the Quran is the guidance for all mankind and is known as the Word of God.  A lot of the text is about man’s relationship with God and authoritative instruction for all. These instructions are made up of arguments about accepting Muhammad as a Prophet, accounts from historical Prophets bad warnings for those who don’t believe and good warnings for those that do. Every Muslim is expected to read and learn verses from the Quran!

The five main topics in the Quran are The Commandments, laws, ancient accounts, wisdom, the spiritual world and the Prophecies.
Every single verse and chapter in the Quran has remained exactly the same as the original for over the last 1400 years. There are millions of copies in the world today and all are totally identical down to the last full stop. It is no surprise that God Himself wrote in the Quran saying that he would ensure this book stays safe by guarding it himself.

Some verses from the Holy Quran:

Verily, this Quran guides to that which is most just and right and gives glad tidings to the
believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a great reward. (Al-Israa’

This [Quran] is enlightenment for mankind and guidance and mercy for a people who are
certain [in faith]. (Al-Jaathiyah 45:20)

And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your
parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of
disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. (Al-Israa’ 17:23)


Arabic Language Coaching

Many students who choose to study the Arabic language struggle with their university course programs which is why we are offering our coaching services. Here at TALA we specialize in assisting students and supporting teachers during  university courses in the Arabic language. Our teachers are highly qualified in teaching the Arabic language alongside the U.S curriculum and meeting ACTFL requirements. We have helped hundreds of university students learn Arabic and successfully pass their university course.

Our speciality within the Arabic language curriculum offered in most of the universities around the U.S.A is: Al-Kitaab at all the levels alongside Middle Eastern culture.

Our aim is not to replace university Arabic language courses, instead we want to help teachers by enabling the students to progress more efficiently. By working together we promise students will gain higher achievements, making the teachers job much easier and more enjoyable. After just a few extra lessons from us students will be more confident in class.

Our teaching methods are designed to compliment the university course by improving the students weak areas. We understand how difficult it is to learn the Arabic language which is why we offer this coaching service. Our teachers are native professionals from some of the most prestigious universities, they are all bilingual in writing and speaking English offering their excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Our Arabic language coaching includes real conversational learning, live and interactive lessons, which is proven over and over to be the most effective and fun way to learn Arabic efficiently and quickly. Our students enjoy learning using Skype and a variety of other cost-effective internet solutions to interact one-on-one with out teachers.

We will design a schedule that fits around the lifestyle of the student, and even when things change we’ll adjust when necessary. Our charges are per hour for university programs as we are working alongside the U.S.A curriculum and not teaching a tailor made course.

Students are not just paying for lessons but investing in results!