Using the first letter to list different types of foods is a fun way to test your knowledge and also discover new foods to grace your table. Today, we are onto the letter M.
Below are among the most popular foods that start with this letter.
A common type of dry pasta, macaroni is made with durum wheat and shaped like narrow tubes. These are then cut into short lengths, which can either be made straight or curved (elbow macaroni).
You can prepare it by boiling, baking, deep-frying, and stir-frying. The ideal method depends on your recipe and what you want to serve alongside the dish.
It is arguably the most common dish in the world and a favorite to many. It comes from different types of animals including cows, goats, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and fish, just to mention a few. You can get meat from fishing, hunting, your local store, or from animals that you rear at home.
Meat is one of the dishes that can be prepared in several methods each offering a delicious savor. They include broiling, grilling, pan-frying, roasting, cooking in liquid, and stir-frying.
Just as its name suggests, it is a dish whose looks are similar to a loaf. To prepare it, meat is first ground then mixed with salt, pepper, eggs, ketchup, or any other preferable ingredient as per your recipe. The mixture is formed into the shape of a loaf either by hand or using a baking tray. This is then baked or smoked and sliced.
You can serve this dish alongside accompaniments such as mashed potatoes, rice, fries, and whole roasted carrots among others.
This, as well, is made from ground meat combined with ingredients such as bread crumbs, eggs, salt, pepper, butter, onions, etcetera. The mixture is then rolled into balls that can be pan-seared, baked, or boiled.
It can best be described as a sweet, fleshy, and edible fruit. There are 20 different types of melons, the most common being the watermelon which has the highest water content.
It is a type of wine grape that can either be used to make different types of red wine or for blending. In appearance, it is dark blue in color.
Compared to other types of grapes, merlot is the most grown type in the world with hundreds of thousands of acres of land dedicated to it every year. This can be attributed to the popularity of its wine.
It is a nutrient-rich liquid naturally produced by mammals for their young ones. Humans can also benefit from this food, whereby, it is mostly obtained from domesticated animals such as cows, goats, and camels.
Science has also played a vital role in the production of milk as it can also be obtained from plants such as oats, peanuts, rice, coconuts, peas, almond, soy etcetera. Plant milk is suitable for individuals who are lactose intolerant or are watching their weight hence prefer milk that’s lower in calories.
It is a small, round, whole nutritious grain grown both for human consumption and fodder. People mostly consume it for its health benefits such as protecting the heart, improving the digestive system and respiratory health, and managing diabetes. The grain is also gluten-free hence can be an ideal substitute for wheat.
It is a perennial herb that can be used to add a fruity and aromatic flavor to tea and foods. Other than that, it can be used to ease digestion, relieve headaches, make air fresheners, and for garden accents.
It is a variant of a coffee latte made from expresso, hot milk, and chocolate. Depending on your personal preference, you may also add marshmallows, cinnamon, and Chantilly cream.
To add on, when serving it, baristas or skilled coffee makers can add creative art patterns on the top layer to spice up its presentation.
It is a dish that closely resembles Italian lasagna. Moussaka is made using eggplant or potatoes, a meat sauce made with either lamb or beef, and thick bechamel sauce. The three ingredients are prepared separately, then skillfully layered up together and baked to create a tantalizing flavor.
It is a type of cheese made from Italian buffalo’s milk, though in the past it was produced from cattle cows, sheep, and goats. You can either eat the cheese raw or use it to prepare foods such as pizza, lasagna, Bruschetta, and roasted vegetables.
It is a nutrient-rich oat-based cereal made from a mixture of oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Muesli is commonly served with milk or boiled in milk or water to make porridge.
In the past, it would be soaked in milk or juice for a considerable amount of time after which it was served cold.
If you love cakes, you most probably have come across muffins. They are single-serving quick bread made from batter. Contrary to bread, baking powder and eggs are used to make them rise. Also, they are moister and sweeter.
Mulberries are colorful and delicious fruits from the Mulberry tree. You can find them in black, red, or white where they can be dried and eaten. The berries can also be used to make wine, jam, fruit juice, and canned foods.
It is a common delicacy all over the world, obtained from the fruiting body of a fungus found above ground. The food is much loved for its high content of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. It is also low in calories making it ideal for people watching their weight.
Mushrooms can be used to make stew, sandwich swap, burgers, and mushroom chips.
A popular condiment obtained from the seeds of a mustard plant, it is a versatile and invaluable addition to the kitchen. You can use it as a sauce on both hot and cold meals. It is, especially, ideal for foods such as hotdogs and pretzels.
Mustard can also be used to make mayonnaise, vinaigrette, marinades, and barbecue sauce.
18. Maple Syrup
If looking for the perfect alternative for honey, maple syrup has got your back. It is a syrup obtained from the xylem sap of maple trees. The sap is first boiled to get rid of some of its water content and also increase its sugar concentration. It is then given time to caramelize and form the syrup.
Maple syrup can be used to sweeten whipped cream, in a salad dressing, drizzle on yogurt, make maple butter, et cetera.
A common delicacy in the middle east and Europe, mutton is a type of meat obtained from a sheep not less than 1-year-old. The meat contains a considerable amount of fat and features quite an intense flavor which, if you have never had it, may take some time getting used to. Regardless, mutton is rich in protein, zinc, vitamin B12, and iron.
20. Macadamia Nuts
They are small, round, and light fruits produced by Macadamia, a tree with a subtle and butter-like flavor. Macadamia nuts are best served roasted and salted. This way, they possess a sweet and creamy nature that makes them quite a delicacy.
It is a long, beautiful, and oily fish that is said to be one of the tastiest in the world, especially when it is prepared fresh. You should, therefore, eat it the same day it is caught.
The fish can be grilled, baked, barbequed, or pan-fried – whatever tickles your fancy. Not only does Mackerel taste great, but it also looks striking on your plate.
22. Mandarin Oranges
A distinct type of oranges, mandarins are small and oblate fruits that can be either be eaten raw or in salads. Compared to other types of oranges, they contain higher concentrations of Vitamins A, E, B3, and B6.
Classified among the most consumed fruits in the world, a mango is a tropical fruit with a large seed. It can either be consumed unripe, where they have a sweet-sour taste, or fully ripe where they are juicy, fleshy, and delicious. Most people prefer it in the latter form not only because of its taste but also versatility. Ripe mangoes can be eaten raw, used to make salads, make juice, canned, or make mango pulp.
If you are a fan of butter but are seeking a healthier alternative margarine is recommendable. It is made from vegetable oils that contain polyunsaturated fats which help reduce harmful cholesterol.
Just as you would with butter, it can be used for spreading, baking and cooking.
It is the name given to bitter orange when it is boiled with sugar and water to make a fruit preserve. Other citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, and grapefruits can also be used to make marmalade.
The preserve can be used to glaze meats or vegetables, and as a condiment for baked goods.
There you have it, the most common dishes that begin with the letter ‘M’. Did we forget any? Let us know in the comments below.
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