Cooking with Migrateful – Syrian Fattoush & Harrak Isbaao 

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In a nutshell

Slip on your apron and follow friendly host Majeda on-screen as she demonstrates how to make Syrian fattoush, a hearty fried-bread salad; and harrak isbaao, a warming pasta and lentil dish. As your pitta sizzles on the pan and your tamarind turns to a soft pulp, Majeda will provide valuable feedback so you can easily make the dishes again for your friends and family.

This is one of many Migrateful cook-alongs taught by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. The London-born organisation not only helps to support the lives of these talented cooks but breaks down social and linguistic barriers, offering a glimpse into their world as they share anecdotes, traditions and culinary practices that are ingrained into their culture.

Migrateful's other virtual cooking classes include:


Why book?

  • Make a delicious dish to share with friends and family
  • Learn about authentic Syrian cuisine from a Syrian human rights activist
  • Support a refugee as they endeavour to rebuild their life


About the host

Host Majeda, a human rights activist from Syria, was forced to flee her country after being imprisoned by the regime for organising an initiative to feed Syrians whose homes had been bombed by the government. In 2017, she was granted refugee status in the UK and uses food to continue her campaigning, sharing her stories and enlightening people on the Syrian situation while introducing them to her favourite Syrian dishes.


Essential info


  • 90 minutes


  • Online classes are held over Zoom. You will be given the link to join prior to the class.


  • The class will be hosted in English.

Time zones

  • Please note that the start times for this virtual experience are scheduled in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Please be aware and adjust the start time to your time zone if you are not based in a country where GMT is observed.


  • If you want to amend or cancel your booking please contact and provide your Culture Trip booking reference to enable our team to assist you as quickly as possible.


What you'll need

Ingredients for Fattoush Salad:

  • 1⁄4 lettuce (any kind of lettuce will do – iceberg or romaine suggested)
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1⁄2 medium cucumber
  • 1⁄4 red onion or 1⁄4 bunch spring onions
  • 1⁄4 bunch of parsley
  • 1⁄4 bunch of dill
  • 6 radishes
  • 1 bell pepper (or 2 halves – ideally different colours)
  • Small bunch of fresh mint
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 1 flatbread (tortilla, Syrian flatbreads or pitta bread), torn into 4cm squares
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 11⁄2 tbsp vinegar (cider/apple or balsamic)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1⁄4 tsp paprika
  • Seeds of a small pomegranate

Ingredients for Harrak Isbaao (Lentils and Pasta with Tamarind and Pomegranate):

  • 100g block of tamarind (or tamarind paste or powder)
  • 150g green lentils (or brown lentils)
  • 100ml pomegranate molasses
  • 200g macaroni (or any pasta)
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 1⁄2 large garlic clove
  • 1⁄2 cup of fresh coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To garnish:

  • 2 tbsp flour or (bread crumbs)
  • 1⁄2 onion, finely sliced
  • 1 flat bread (tortilla, flat bread, pitta bread)
  • 300ml vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 1 pomegranate, seeds removed (Majeda will show you how to remove the seeds)
  • 1⁄2 cup of fresh coriander


  • 2 Saucepans
  • 2 Frying pans
  • 1 Large serving dish

This booking is made on Culture Trip’s Terms & Conditions but please note the contract for the purchase of the experience is between you and Migrateful as per their terms.

Migrateful offer a 100% refund policy on all classes providing tickets are cancelled or exchanged up to seven days before the booked event. Unfortunately, refunds will not be offered for any cancellations within seven days of an event, as classes are prepped at least one week ahead.

Cook along at home and support a worthy cause