Ethnic Meals to Make at Home

Ethnic Meals

Usually, when you crave your favorite ethnic food, you head to a restaurant or call for takeout. But did you know that many of your favorite dishes can be easily made at home? Let’s take a quick trip around the world to discover delicious ethnic meals to make at home.


If you’re idea of Italian food is making spaghetti, you’re missing some incredible cuisine! Make a delicious Caprese salad with sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella slices and some basil leaves. Just slice, fan out on a plate, and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Another Tuscan favorite: a fennel and orange salad with red onions. Slice, toss together, and dress with a basic vinaigrette made from orange juice, olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper and salt. Delish! For more substantial Italian fare, think Fettuccine Alfredo or make your own pesto. These traditional meals consist of a flavorful sauce tossed with your favorite pasta. Simple and delicious!


Try making gyros at home. You can use ground beef or lamb for the meat and flavor with garlic cloves, oregano, onion powder, cumin, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Add breadcrumbs and bake as you would prepare a meatloaf. Slice thinly and layer onto pitas with lettuce, tomato, onion and homemade Tzatziki sauce made with Greek yogurt, fresh dill, finely diced cucumber, garlic and a splash of lemon juice. For dessert, try making baklava. This decadent dish is actually simple to make: layer Phyllo sheets with nuts, cinnamon, honey, vanilla and melted butter. Layer in a pan and bake until golden and delicious. Recipes for baklava are available online and you’ll enjoy making this delicious treat.


Nothing beats Chicken Coconut Curry as a signature Thai dish that’s incredibly easy to prepare. Heat 1 ½ tablespoons of vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons of curry powder in a large skillet over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Drop in 2 cloves of crushed garlic and half a sliced onion and cook one minute more. Add 2 pounds of raw, chicken breast cut into 1” cubes and toss to coat with the oil. Cook 7-8 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Pour in one 14-ounce can of coconut milk, one 14.5-ounce can of stewed, diced tomatoes, one 8-ounce can of tomato sauce, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Stir to combine, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes to let flavors meld together. Serve over rice for a delicious taste of Thailand.


For a taste of Ireland, whip up a traditional Shepard’s Pie. This is basically a hearty, thick beef or lamb stew with carrots, potatoes, peas topped with mashed potatoes and served like a casserole. Get authentic taste by adding a dark Irish beer to this dish, which is far more traditional than that corned beef and cabbage we all eat on St. Patrick’s Day. Both are fantastic.

You can enjoy cultural dishes from around the world without ever leaving your kitchen. Plus, you’ll control the ingredients so you can make your favorites and reduce the salt or change the seasonings to your liking. With these ethnic meals to make at home, you’ll eat cuisine from around the world in the comfort of your own dining room!