Trying new foods is an exciting part of travel. Authentic meals serve as a gateway to culture and connection. But when travel is unattainable, cooking ethnic meals at home can be nearly as rewarding.
To enhance the experience, we recommend reading and learning more about each civilization before sitting down to enjoy their cuisine. Ingredients and taste profiles are representative of regional resources, historical events and cultural norms.
Understanding the stories behind the food we eat can enhance our appreciation.
Here are 10 different recipes from around the world that you can make at home:
- Indian Green Bean-Chile Stir-Fry
Try this classic southern Indian dish for a spicy twist to green beans. You may never want the traditional version again after seasoning with chili peppers, ginger and mustard seeds.
- Cajun Crab and Andouille Jambalaya
Cajun and/or Creole food is known for its bold use of spices and elevation of seafood. If you’re craving Louisianan cuisine, but stuck up north, give this recipe a try.
- German Potato Dumplings
Comfort foods have a special place in the world. These dumplings, covered with a browned butter sauce, are enough to make anyone feel at home.
- Portuguese Cacoila
Turn on your slow cooker for this classic recipe. Unlike American barbeque, the Portuguese version doesn’t use heavy sauces. A mixture of beef roast and pork can be used.
- Spanish Paella
Arborio rice brings a creamy texture to this popular Spanish dish and turmeric brightens up its flavor. Make with chicken, sausage, seafood or more veggies.
- Armenian Pizza
While vastly different from American pizza, this dish is hearty and spicy. It is eaten throughout the Middle East, especially in Armenia, Lebanon, Turkey and Syria. Just fold in half, and enjoy.
- French Lyonnaise Potatoes
Don’t be deterred by French food’s reputation for complexity. You can’t go wrong with this simple dish, mixing butter, onions, salt and potatoes.
- Japanese Savory Cabbage Pancakes
Savory pancakes are growing in popularity in the U.S., but have always been a staple in Japan. Serve with shrimp or bacon for a brunch-like feel.
- Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Stuffed cabbage is a traditional meal comprised of ground meat, rice, a thick tomato sauce, and cabbage. This version incorporates sauerkraut and bacon for extra flavor.
- Moroccan Harira
This authentic Moroccan soup made of tomato, lentils, and chickpeas. It is particularly popular during Ramadan, when it is served to break the fast.
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