Monday, March 16, 2015

Lebanese Lentil Salad Recipe


Total Time 1hr 10mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 30 mins

The lemon and mint are the secret to giving these basic lentils their middle eastern flavor.

Ingredients

Servings 4-6 Units US

1 cup lentils
4 cups water
3⁄4 cup red pepper, chopped
1⁄3 cup red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
6 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. In saucepan, bring lentils and water to a boil, cook 30 minutes until tender, drain.
  2. Add pepper, onion and mint.
  3. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
  4. Just before serving, add oil, lemon juice, garlic and feta.
  5. toss and serve.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Honey-Braised Lamb Shanks Recipe


Lamb shanks are braised for hours in a sumptuous sauce of honey, almonds, and raisins in this centuries-old Moroccan dish served at the restaurant Mansouria.

SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

¼ olive oil
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
4 lamb shanks, frenched, if desired
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 large white onion, finely chopped
1 cup golden raisins
2 tbsp. ras el hanout (available at The Spice House, or make your own)
¼ tsp. crushed saffron threads
1 stick cinnamon
1 cup blanched whole almonds
⅔ cup honey
Toasted sesame seeds, to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat oil and butter in an 8-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season lamb generously with salt and pepper, and cook, turning as needed, until well browned all over, about 12 minutes. Transfer lamb to a plate; set aside.

2. Add onion to pot, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add raisins, ras el hanout, saffron, and cinnamon, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add lamb, almonds, honey, and 3 cups water, and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, and cook, partially covered, until lamb is very tender, about 3½ hours. Divide shanks and sauce among serving plates, and sprinkle each with sesame seeds.

Source Saveur magazine November 2012 issue

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nammoura Recipe

Nammoura

Nammoura or Basbousa is a traditional Somali sweet cake. It is made of cooked semolina or farina soaked in simple syrup. Coconut is a popular addition. The syrup may also optionally contain orange flower water or rose water. Other than Somalia and neighboring countries, it is also eaten in the former countries of the Ottoman Empire.
For the Syrup

2 cups of sugar

1 cup of water

1 juice of half lemon

1 cinnamon stick

In a medium size quart, add the sugar, water, juice of half a lemon and the cinnamon stick, bring to a boil, lower the heat and cook for about 10-15 minutes.

For this recipe, the syrup needs to be hot when poured over the Nammoura.


For the Nammoura

  1 & 1/2 cups of  semolina flour

1 cup of yogurt

1 stick of melted unsalted butter

1 cup of sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1/4 cup of Tahini paste

1/4 cup of almonds

In a large bowl, combine the semolina, the yogurt, the butter and sugar.  Mix all the ingredients well.  Add in the vanilla extract, and the baking powder.  You can add the coconut flakes at this point if using.

Spread the tahini paste in a medium, you can use butter to butter the bottom of the pan if you don’t have tahini.  Pour your mixture and spread evenly.  Cut the mixture into squares and top with almonds in each square.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  As soon as the Nammoura comes out of the oven pour over the hot syrup immediately.

Let the Nammoura cool off completely, cut into squares, serve with tea or coffee.

Enjoy!


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Freekeh with chicken recipe

Freekeh with chicken recipe

Similar to the popular dish riz a’djaj (poached chicken served on rice), this recipe uses toasted freekeh wheat with its distinctive nutty taste. The wheat is cooked slowly like a risotto with chicken stock, minced meat, spices and onion until it is soft and flavoursome. The dish is then piled high onto a serving platter and served with poached chicken pieces, Syrian truffle (if available), pine nuts and almonds.  

Serves 6
Preparation 20min
Cooking 2hr 15min
Skill level Easy


By
Ayman Abbassi


Ingredients

2 cups freekeh
1 medium free range chicken (about 1.5 kg)
½ brown onion, quartered
3 cinnamon sticks
4 bay leaves
6 cardamom pods
salt
2 tbsp clarified butter (ghee) or olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
300 g minced lamb or beef (optional)
1 tsp baharat
butter
½ cup almonds
½ cup pine nuts
4–6 small Syrian truffles, peeled and sliced (optional)
1 tsp ground cinnamon


Cook's notes
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Instructions

Wash the freekeh and remove any burnt grains or stones.

 

Put the chicken in a pot and cover with water. Add the brown onion, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, cardamom and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil. Simmer for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
 

Remove the chicken from the pot (leaving a light stock) and set aside until cool enough to handle. 
Remove the skin and break the meat into large pieces, removing the bones.
 

Bring the chicken stock back to a slow simmer. Heat the ghee or olive oil in a large saucepan and add the red onion. Fry until beginning to soften, then add the lamb or beef, if using, and cook until browned. Stir in the freekeh. Add the baharat and 1 heaped teaspoon of salt and stir through. Add 1 litre of hot chicken stock and bring to the boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
 

Melt a little butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the almonds and cook until lightly toasted. Remove from the pan and repeat with the pine nuts. Remove from the pan and add another knob of butter. When it melts, add the truffles, if using, and coat with butter. Add the chicken pieces, ground cinnamon and 500 ml of hot stock. Bring to the boil, reheating the chicken.
 

Spoon the freekeh onto a large serving plate. Place the chicken and truffles on top and scatter with the nuts.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Baked kibbeh (kibbeh bil sayneeyeh) recipe


 The Hummus Recipes Kitchen (The Home of Middle Eastern Food Recipes) invites you to try Baked kibbeh (kibbeh bil sayneeyeh) Recipe.  Enjoy the good taste of Middle Eastern Food and learn how to make Baked kibbeh (kibbeh bil sayneeyeh).

Kibbeh, the national dish of Lebanon, is an emulsification of the freshest minced lamb and burghul (cracked wheat), with essential "seven spices" (baharat). In the old days, Lebanese women would pound the meat and burghul in a mortar and pestle, then knead in the spices, a process which can be excruciatingly exhausting. Kibbeh can be eaten raw (kibbeh naye). It’s similar to steak tartare and popular in Lebanon. Another common form is kibbeh qrass, whereby the kibbeh mixture is molded into small, hollowed balls, stuffed with filling and then fried. This recipe is kibbeh bil sayneeye, or baked kibbeh.

Serves 12
Preparation 25min
Cooking 1hr
Skill level Mid


By
Bethany Kehdy


Ingredients

1 large onion, quartered
1 kg minced lamb (see Note)
350 g very fine burghul, soaked in water for 1 hour, drained
¼ cup baharat or allspice (see Note)
2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp salt
olive oil, for drizzling
fattoush salad, to serve

Filling

1 tbsp ghee or olive oil
2 large onions, cut into rings
80 g pine nuts
500 g minced lamb (see note)
1 tbsp baharat or allspice (see Note)
salt and pepper, to season

Yoghurt dressing

500 g Greek-style yoghurt
60 ml (¼ cup) water
2 garlic cloves, pounded to a paste
1 large cucumber, thinly sliced
20 mint leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
salt, to season 

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
 

Instructions

Makes 4

Soaking time 1 hour

To make the yoghurt dressing, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

To make the filling, place a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and onions and cook for 2–3 minutes or until soft. Add the pine nuts and cook for another 2–3 minutes or until almost golden. Now add the minced lamb and cook for 7–8 minutes or until browned. Stir in the spice and season with salt and pepper.

To make the kibbeh paste, place the quartered onions in a food processor and process until almost pureed. Add the minced lamb, one-quarter at a time, and combine well. Now add the drained burghul, 1 cup at a time, and process until well combined. Add the spices and salt, and give it a final whiz, about 2-3 minutes. The result should be a smooth emulsified paste.

Preheat the oven 180˚C. Divide the kibbeh paste into 8 even portions. Lightly grease 4 x 21 cm round baking dishes and evenly spread 1 portion of the kibbeh paste over the base of each dish. Evenly spread the meat filling on top. Now cover with 1 portion of the remaining kibbeh paste, creating a final layer. Using a knife, cut diagonal lines into the top layer, creating diamond shapes, then divide into 6 even slices. Create a small hole in the centre and drizzle all over with the olive oil (this gives it a nice golden brown colour as well as adding a bit of flavour).

Pop in the oven and cook for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Alternatively, pop it under the grill for the last 6–8 minutes for an extra-crispy top layer.

Pour the yoghurt dressing over each slice and serve with fattoush salad.

Note
• Ask your butcher for lamb mince made from the leg of lamb.
• Baharat (also known as seven spices) is a Lebanese spice mixture available from Middle Eastern food shops. Or use even proportions of ground black pepper, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom and cumin.

Recipe from Dirty Kitchen Secrets by Bethany Kehdy, with photographs by Sarka Babicka.
 


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Chargrilled garlic chicken (farrouj meshwi) recipe


The Hummus Recipes Kitchen (The Home of Middle Eastern Food Recipes) invites you to try Chargrilled garlic chicken (farrouj meshwi) Recipe.  Enjoy the good taste of Middle Eastern Food and learn how to make Chargrilled garlic chicken (farrouj meshwi).

This succulent chicken is often barbecued over charcoal for extra smokiness. With the lemony flavour of sumac, it’s the marinade that makes this Lebanese dish such a crowd-pleaser.

Serves 4
Preparation 15min
Cooking 35min
Skill level Mid

By
Phoebe Wood

Ingredients

1.5kg whole chicken, butterflied (see Note)
toum (Lebanese garlic sauce), Lebanese pickled vegetables and chillies, and pita bread, to serve (see Note)

Marinade

½ tsp cayenne pepper
1½ tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp sumac
⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
6 garlic cloves, crushed
80 ml (⅓ cup) lemon juice
80 ml (⅓ cup) olive oil

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.

Instructions

Marinating time overnight

To make marinade, combine all ingredients in a large, non-reactive bowl. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 200°C. Heat a barbecue or chargrill pan to medium-high. Season chicken generously with salt, then cook, turning once, for 8 minutes or until charred and golden brown.

Transfer to a lined oven tray and roast for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

Carve into large pieces and serve with toum, pickles and bread.

Notes

• To butterfly a chicken: Place chicken, breast-side down, with the neck facing you. Using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, slice along either side of backbone and discard. Cut off neck and discard. Turn chicken over and firmly press down with your hands to pop any joints and flatten. Alternatively, ask your butcher to do this for you

• Toum (Lebanese garlic sauce) is available from select delis and Middle Eastern food shops.

• Lebanese pickled vegetables and chillies are from Middle Eastern food shops.

Photography Brett Stevens

As seen in Feast magazine, November 2014, Issue 37. For more recipes and articles, pick up a copy of this month's Feast magazine.


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Tomato and pomegranate salad recipe



The Hummus Recipes Kitchen (The Home of Middle Eastern Food Recipes) invites you to try Tomato and pomegranate salad Recipe.  Enjoy the good taste of Middle Eastern Food and learn how to make Tomato and pomegranate salad.

I rarely rave about my own recipes but this is one I can just go on and on about. The definition of freshness with its sweet and sour late-summer flavours, it is also an utter delight to look at. But the most incredible thing about it is that it uses a few ingredients that I have been lovingly cooking with for many years, and believed I knew everything there was to know about, yet had never thought of mixing them in such a way. That is, until I travelled to Istanbul and came across a similar combination of fresh tomatoes and pomegranate seeds in a famous local kebab restaurant called Hamdi, right by the Spice Bazaar. It was a proper light-bulb moment when I realised how the two types of sweetness – the sharp, almost bitter sweetness of pomegranate and the savoury, sunny sweetness of tomato – can complement each other so gloriously. I use four types of tomato here to make the salad more interesting visually and in flavour. You can easily use fewer, just as long as they are ripe and sweet.

Serves 4
Preparation 15min
Skill level Easy

By
Yotam Ottolenghi
 


Ingredients

200 g red cherry tomatoes, cut into 0.5 cm dice
200 g yellow cherry tomatoes, cut into 0.5 cm dice
200 g tiger (or plum) tomatoes, cut into 0.5 cm dice
500 g medium vine tomatoes, cut into 0.5 cm dice
1 red pepper, cut into 0.5 cm dice (120 g)
1 small red onion, finely diced (120 g)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
½ tsp ground allspice
2 tsp white wine vinegar
25 ml pomegranate molasses
60 ml olive oil, plus a little extra to finish
seeds of 1 large pomegranate (170 g)
¾ tbsp small oregano leaves
salt

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
 

Instructions

Mix together the tomatoes, red pepper (capsicum) and onion in a large bowl and set aside.

In a small bowl whisk the garlic, allspice, vinegar, pomegranate molasses, olive oil and ⅓ teaspoon of salt, until well combined. Pour this over the tomatoes and gently mix.

Arrange the tomatoes and their juices on a large flat plate. Sprinkle over the pomegranate seeds and oregano. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and serve.

Recipe from Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Press, $49.99, hbk). Photography by Jonathan Lovekin.
 


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