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Middle Eastern Cooking Made Easy: Dalia’s Kitchen Launches on YouTube

Mini Fried Green Falafel

Mini fried green falafel, courtesy of Dalia’s Kitchen

Dubai-based chef Dalia Dogmoch Soubra, behind Dalia’s Kitchen, launched a YouTube channel that takes viewers on a gastronomic adventure inside her very own kitchen. The Syrian culinary personality, author, and entrepreneur had her first taste of YouTube life when she was handpicked by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to collaborate on his Food Tube platform. Now, inside Dalia’s Kitchen, the budding YouTuber features videos that show her preparing her favorite Middle Eastern dishes—original Arabic recipes with a modern twist, and helpful cooking tips and tricks. The mother of two with a contagious smile and inviting personality shared with, “I really wanted this channel to be a peek into my everyday kitchen. I didn’t want it to be too set up and unrealistic.” She added, “I would like people to see Middle Eastern food in a new way and to bring something light and entertaining out of the Middle East that people everywhere can relate to.”

And like in everyday, real life, inside Dalia’s Kitchen, it’s not always smooth sailing. The chef divulged, “We have fun while I’m filming, and I can’t wait to share a bloopers episode soon—garlic flying through the room, kids storming in, or me being tongue-tied.”

داليا دغمش سوبرا‎

Dalia Dogmoch Soubra

Inside her kitchen, the Dalia—who grew up in Paris—feels most comfortable in A.L.C. separates paired down with jeans while showing how to make maklouba with a vegetarian twist or a mouthwatering, guilt-free sweet quinoa rose pudding. Outside of the kitchen, “I’m practically living in my Racil clothes,” said Dalia. “I wear the whole tux, or pants with a t-shirt, and trainers. Or, I’ll opt for a pair of jeans and one of her perfectly fitted shirts.” Dalia cited her accessories of choice to be a pair of “Sergio Rossi old school comfy heels.” As for kitchen favorites, Dalia named French label Mauviel as her go-to brand for its elegant stainless steel and copper cookware that she shared is “as good as it is beautiful.”

If you’re looking for a recipe to impress your guests with during Ramadan, head over to Dalia’s Kitchen and get inspired. And if your loved ones are coming to visit from abroad, these recipes are a must. “I would like people to see Middle Eastern food in a new light,” Dalia added. “Our ingredients and techniques should be staples in kitchens everywhere.”

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