Jordanian cuisine shares many traits and similarities with the cuisine of Lebanon, Palestine and Syrian, often with some local variations.
More generally Jordanian cuisine is influenced by historical connections to the cuisine of Turkey and the former Ottoman Empire.
Jordanian cuisine is also influenced by the cuisines of groups who have made a home for themselves in modern Jordan including, Armenians, Circassians, Iraqis, Palestinians, Syrians.
Food is a very important aspect of Jordanian culture. In villages, meals are a community event with immediate and extended family present. In addition, food is commonly used by Jordanians to express their hospitality and generosity.
Jordanians serve family, friends, and guests with great pride in their homes; no matter how modest their means. A ‘Jordanian invitation’ means that you are expected to bring nothing and eat everything.
Most of the celebrations in Jordan are exceptionally diverse in nature and quite festive at the same time. Each celebration is marked with dishes from Jordanian cuisine spread out and served to the guests. There are many traditional small gatherings in Jordan too; even in those gatherings a lot of meals are served.
Customs such as weddings, birth of a child, funerals, birthdays and specific religious and national ceremonies such as Ramadan and Jordan’s independence day all call for splendid food to be served to guests. To celebrate the birth of a child, Karawiya, a caraway flavoured pudding is commonly served to guests.
Eatimg time in Jordan
Eatimg time in Jordan is totally different from other countries all over the world. Jordanians only eat two times a day; the very small breakfast which includes mostly vegetables and dairy products around 8AM and the lunch around 3:30PM. The lunch is normally the largest meal of the day mainly with rice, chicken, beans and bread. Then the rest of the day was sort of a free for all.
Rarely do Jordanians use utensils. They had one primary utensil – and that was bread. It’s fascinating to watch a Jordanian eat; they rip off a piece of bread/pita and then will pinch the food up with the bread.
But we do not even need bread to used as utensils. We used our own hands. Right ? Drinks are really separate from eating. After the eating was finished, then they would get water, coffee, or tea.
This drinkless eating will help your digestive system. In addition to Jordanians’ vegatable based food culture, using only olive oil for cooking foods help improve their healthy eating style.
The cultural food habits of Jordanians are actually healthy. If you want to lose weight without dieting, I am suggesting you to eat like Jordanians or to visit Jordan for a month.