Zahra bi leban–Cauliflower with yogurt

This is a little side dish that I learned years ago. It is traditionally eaten with Arabic bread. We used to eat it here and there for breakfast, but  over the past 6 years I had forgotten about it. One day a few months back I whipped it up and the kids loved it.


One head of cauliflower

1 Tbs. olive oil

Garnish- 1/2 tsp. dry mint

Sauce ingredients

2 cups plain yogurt

1 large clove garlic

2 Tbs. Tahini

1/2 tsp. salt

1 Tbs. lemon juice

Put all sauce ingredients in a blender and mix well. Refrigerate until needed.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

This recipe calls for deep frying the cauliflower but I don’t do that any more.  Sprinkle a little olive oil on a baking pan or spray it with cooking spray. Wash the cauliflower and cut into bite size pieces. Place cauliflower on tray, lightly salt. Place tray with cauliflower in oven and let it cook until tender and a little brown. I cooked it for 40 minutes. Remove from oven. Let it cool a little so you can work with it.


Place cooked cauliflower in a bowl and smash it with a fork. It can be a little chunky. Pour sauce over cauliflower and lightly mix with a spoon, pour onto a plate. Drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle with mint. This is usually eaten with Arabic bread.


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123 thoughts on “Zahra bi leban–Cauliflower with yogurt

  1. We love cauliflower. I noticed in a comment above that you said this recipe is sometimes made with lamb, and that is what I remember having in the Middle East. Nice to know it’s good without the meat.

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  2. I like this recipe a lot. It’s very different to our traditional Cauliflower au gratin (Cauliflower Cheese) but I really do love yoghurt, and roast cauliflower! So this looks like a great alternative that could be served with so many things. Thank you, Lynn.

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        1. Thank you Millie! I feel so bad but to be honest as you saw with your reblog I am not good at this stuff. the first 3 awards I did were not great, it took me all day. Then I reblogged twice and people thought I had put up the two articles!! They were telling me it was a great recipe etc. I have to get my daughter to help me and then I got so far behind I just gave up! so I now don’t even try! I love to mention people and put their link so I decided ok that is my thing. Thanks so much Millie! I loved reading, I forgot you have 6!!!!

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          1. To be honest, Lynn, award posts do take a long time to do, and if you already post a lot – as you do – they’re probably not worth doing. (I’ve got three waiting to be done at the moment.) It took a while fo me to do the Challenge post, too, – but only because I’m an idiot and write long answers. Other people are sensible and just do a sentence for each. Somehow, I just have to go over the top.
            I agree – daughters are very useful when it comes to sorting out difficult things on WP. My blog wouldn’t have survived without Louise regularly rescuing me. The younger people just seem to know how to do these things automatically. Me, I’m a techno -nerd! 😀

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing… I love learning about traditional foods from around the world, even better if I can make them at home. I am definitely going to try this! The timing couldn’t be better as there is a head of cauliflower sitting in my fridge from my CSA pick up this week. Yum!

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  4. This looks really delicious, Lynn! I’ve never known how to cook cauliflower, and this recipe definitely looks like something I would love to learn! I love yogurt sauces!

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  5. I purchased mini naan bread as substitute to pizza crusts. I throw in any kind of toppings for our pizza night. This yogurt sauce and cauliflower would be great substitute to tomato sauce then top with fresh mozzarella and Feta cheese. Oh, delicious! 😀

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          1. Not at all…I moved to Dubai in January 1984 and I was here full time for 4 and a half years; I left (when I was 17) to go back to the UK to go to college, which is when my Mum left my Dad and also ended up elsewhere in the UK. My Dad then stayed on for another 15 years and I visited several times a year for a while, and in the meantime my Mum remarried and ended up in Oman, then Abu Dhabi, so I’ve visited them too!
            She has now been in Abu Dhabi for 18 years, and now married to husband number 3 (the best of the lot)…so really I’ve been coming to and from the UAE for over 30 years. It’s been in my life since I was 12 years old and no one had ever heard of the UAE or Dubai, we used to have to get an atlas out to show people where it was!

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          2. She does!!
            By the way, that’s only part of it…I was born in the north of the U.K. and moved to Holland when I was four months old, stayed for 2 years, then back to the north of the U.K., then to the south, then back to Holland for another two years then back to the UK before moving to Dubai!

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          3. Yes it is very cool!! We are living in a tiny town and my older kids are not used to it! very much farm type living which I adore!!! They eat different foods and say things in a different way and see things, of course in a unique way! It is cool!

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