Nowadays, many types of foods can be found
in Libya ranging from traditional Libyan food to fine international
cuisines served at restaurants and even western-influenced
fast-food. Traditional Libyan dishes constitute the majority
of the common Libyan diet and these dishes are served in a
growing number of traditional restaurants.
The typical Rishtat Kis-Cas dish
is a large dish of this stringy noodle-like pasta covered
with a traditional onion-based sauce (also known as “Busla”)
with meat (usually lamb). Served traditionally in a large
dish for four to five, but also commonly served in single
dishes at restaurants.
(English – “Libyan Soup”)
This soup is a combination of many
zesty ingredients. Served in small bowls along with lemon
for flavor and bread for sopping, it is most traditionally
served during the month of Ramadan for those fasting to
break their fasts.
(English – “Macaroni”)
Macaroona is prepared in many various
ways in Libyan cuisine, the most popular and well-known
form being “Macaroona Imbukubka”. Macaroona
Imbukubka is a pasta-based dish served in a tomato-based
sauce along with meat (lamb, beef or chicken) and sometimes
potatoes. It is traditionally served in a large dish for
4 – 5 people. Other variations of Macaroona include
“Macaroona Bil-Hoot” (or Macaroni with fish),
“Macaroona Jareey” (very similar to Imbukubka,
except more saucy), “Macaroona Bil-Mafroum (or Macaroni
with meat sauce), “Macaroona Bil-Busla” (or
Macaroni with onion sauce), etc…
The typical Ruz dish is a large dish
served covered with a traditional onion-based sauce (also
known as “Busla”) with meat (usually lamb),
potatoes and sometimes pumpkin. Served traditionally in
a large dish for four to five, but also commonly served
in single dishes at restaurants.
Usban is a traditional Libyan dish
of stuffed sheep’s intestines served either alone
or usually with rice. The stuffing consists of many ingredients
including rice, meat and some vegetables.
Brak, and Tholma (English – “Stuffed Vegetables”)
These dishes are either stuffed bell/sweet
peppers, cabbage or grape-leaves. The stuffing consists
of many ingredients including rice, meat and some vegetables.
This is a unique dish of lamb, beef
or chicken cooked in a burning underground pit, in a technique
that is very similar to smoking. The meat can sometimes
be served with a stuffing as well.
There are many varieties of traditional
Libyan sweets & desserts including: Ghrayba (“butter-filled
cookies”), Magroud (“date-filled cookies”),
Ka’k Halo & Malah (“salty & sweet ring-shaped
There are many varieties of Libyan
drinks including: Gahwa Arbiya (Arabic Coffee), Shahee Akhdar
(Green Tea), Shahee Ahmer (Red Tea), Shahee Bil-Lowz (Tea
with Almonds). Alcohol is prohibited by law, so tea, coffee
and soft drinks are much consumed instead.