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The three best dips in the world are Lebanese, according to TasteAtlas

Lebanon emerges again as an epicenter of culinary finesse. Embarking on a gustatory odyssey, TasteAtlas took a look at Lebanese dips that seduce our taste buds with their blend of textures and tastes. With five Lebanese dips ranking among the 15 best in the world, this revelation serves as a testament to the status of the land of cedar as a true gastronomic haven.


Mtabbal, the eggplant dip, takes the coveted top spot. This creamy appetizer is prepared by grilling eggplants to a charred state that gives it its smoky flavor, then mixing them with tahini, garlic and a hint of tangy lemon juice. The final touch of olive oil and pomegranate seeds adds a balance of smoky, tangy and sweet flavors.



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The second most popular dish is Toum, a soft garlic spread that has become a staple in Lebanese kitchens. Made with only garlic, salt, oil and lemon juice, this powerful condiment is perfect for grilled meats or as a base for sandwiches.


Beiruti Hummus

Beiruti hummus, a variation of the classic hummus with a distinctly Beirut twist, ranks third on the list. While incorporating the traditional elements of chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic, Beiruti hummus is distinguished by the addition of fresh parsley and spicy chilies, which add a kick and spice to this iconic local dish. 


Classic Hummus

The ever-popular classic hummus takes the 12th spot on the list. Enjoyed not only in Lebanon but around the world, this velvety blend of chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon juice has captured the hearts and palates of food lovers from all cultures. Its creamy texture, versatile taste and numerous health benefits have made it a popular staple.


Baba Ghanoush

Baba Ghanoush rounds out the top 15. This is another eggplant-based dip that has similarities to Mtabbal, but is enhanced with diced tomatoes, onions and other fresh vegetables. Baba Ghanoush’s smoky, spicy notes blend perfectly with the warm pita bread, creating the balance that makes it so successful.



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Published on 23 May 2023