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May 1, 2009 at 2:47 AM 3 comments

Balah il Sham

This isnt the healthiest of desserts but its one of my favorite .. its fired dough which is flavored with anise seed… it doesnt take that long to make the most time taken is in frying it … to make it you need:

- 2 cup semolina

- 1 cup flour .. all purpose

- 1 ts instant yeast

- 1/2 cup butter .. melted

- 1 3/4 cup milk

- 1 ts anise extract … or you can you grinded anise seed

- 3 cups of sugar syrup … actually as much as you need to coat it

- vegetable oil …. for frying

mix semolina and flour

In a bowl .. add the semolina and flour …. and mix them well together …

add anise extract

To it add the anise powder … if you are using the liquid extract… then mix the extract with the milk …

add butter

Add the melted butter … and mix it all well until all the semolina mixture has absorbed the butter ….

add yeast

Add the yeast … and mix ..

add milk

Then add the milk …..

mix all together

Mix everything together to form a soft dough … not firm at all .. it sticks a little to the spoon ….

Then let the dough rest for 15 to 20 mins …

using cookie press

After the dough has rested …

Heat the oil …

Using a cookie press or a piping bag (to be honest the piping bag is easier) with a star shaped attachment …  pipe the dough into the hot oil … be careful while doing that …

fry the dough

Fry the dough until golden in color …

place them in a seive

Then set it aside in a sieve to drain all the oil out ..

add the sugar syrup

After the oil is well drained … place the fried dough in a bowl and add the sugar syrup … add enough to coat it all well …

balah il sham

And serve it warm ….

Enjoy :)

April 5, 2009 at 5:14 PM 18 comments

Samosa …The Arabic Way

Before i start about the recipe … i need to apologize for not posting anything for a while .. and to thank everyone for the emails and comments asking about my absence … there are a couple of reasons for this .. one of which you all will find out soon … so thanx again for everyones concern …

So i know everyone is used to eating samosa and if not then at least have tried it once … this is a little different than the regular one .. living in the UAE i know that the cuisine here is influenced a lot by the Indian cuisine … so here the traditional recipes are biryani, samosa and others .. most of it is taken form the Indian cuisine .. but a little different … the spices, and the method of cooking is a little different .. In this recipe the stuffing used is simple minced meat … but you can fill it with anything .. from veg’s to cheese … all up to your choice … but the best part about this recipe is the fact that once done it can be frozen and used as needed …. to make it you will need:

- 3 cups flour

- 1/2 cup vegetable oil

- 1 ts salt

- 1 onion, finely chopped

- 1 lb ground meat, (beef or lamb .. which ever you prefer)

- 1 ts cumin

- 1 tb ghee

- salt and pepper .. to taste

samosa dough 1

In a bowl … mix the flour and the salt … then to it add the oil …

samosa dough 2

Mix everything well until the mixture resembles corn meal …

samosa dough 3

Now in a stand up mixer (or just by hand if u want) … add enough water to form a dough … i think around 1 cup .. just add little at a time .. what you are looking for is a dough that doesnt stick to the mixer … and easy to handle …

samosa dough 4

Shape the dough into  1.5 to 2 inch balls .. and place it on a lightly floured tray … Then let it rest for one hour … i know this dough doesnt have any yeast ..so dont expect it to rise … the resting part is to make it easier to roll out later..

samosa filling 1

While waiting for the dough to rest … prepare the filling … so for meat filling … start by melting the ghee or butter … then add the chopped onion .. and cook until translucent ..

samosa filling 2

Then add the minced meat and cook until nicely browned …

samosa filling 3

Once the meat is browned .. add the cumin, salt and pepper …

samosa filling

Mix everything well and set it aside to cool down before stuffing …

samosa dough 5

After one hour of resting .. the dough is now ready …. take one ball and roll it out into a circle …

Here im using a little equipment that makes life alot easier with filling stuff …

samosa dough 7

Fill the dough with meat …

samosa dough 7

Then if using this equipment then simply press to seal .. if not then also simply seal it with a fork …

samosa dough 8

Place them all on a tray …

At this stage you can freeze the samosa … and once u need to use it .. you simply take it out of the freezer straight into the deep fryer .. and fry it until golden …

Meat Samosa 1

So in a deep fryer … fry it until golden :D

Meat Samosa

And thats it … serve it with your choice of dip …

Enjoy :-)

March 20, 2009 at 1:00 AM 43 comments

Coffee Marble Cake

I got this cake from some website … but to be honest i dont really remember which one.. i have this habit of just saving the recipes i like on a word document … so i usually loose the source … Anyway i apologize for not being able to give the original source …

This cake is actually one of my favorites .. its very moist and perfect for breakfast … its very easy to make .. all you need is a hand mixer … to make it you need:

- 2 cups flour

- 1/2 ts salt

- 1/4 ts baking powder

- 1/4 ts baking soda

- 1/2 cup butter.. which is around 4 ounces

- 1 cup sugar

- 1 ts vanilla

- 3 eggs

- 1 cup yogurt

- 1/4 cup instant coffee

Dry ingredients

Preheat oven to 180°C…. Prepare a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan by either greasing it or using parchement paper …

In a bowl mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda … set it aside

butter and sugar

In another bowl … Using a hand mixer … mix together the butter and sugar..

add vanilla

Add the vanilla and keep mixing until fluffy ..

add eggs

Start adding the eggs one at a time …

Add all eggs

After the third egg … this is how the batter will look …

add flour

Now start alternating the flour mixture and the yogurt … start and finish with the flour mixture …

So first around 2 tb flour …

add yogurt

Then around 1 tb yogurt …

cake batter

Mix them all well into a smooth batter …

add instant coffee

Remove around 1 cup of the cake batter and place it in a seperate bowl … and add the instant coffee to it .. mix it all well …

first layer

In the prepared loaf pan … add half of the cake batter …

coffee layer

Then add the coffee cake batter …

top layer

Then the rest of the cake batter … and smooth the top …

Bake for 1 hour and 15 mins … until tester inserted comes out clean .. Cool it completly

Coffee marble cake

And serve …. delicious moist cake …

Enjoy :-)

February 14, 2009 at 4:02 PM 77 comments

Kashkuleh (Meat balls with vegetables)

This is something my mom used to make for us since we were small .. i think its a traditional dish… its healthy, light and tastes good … basically its meatballs with different vegetables .. u can use what ever vegetables available not necessarily the ones i mention … its simple to make and doesnt take that long … to make it you will need:

- 1 lb minced meat (lamb or beef).. whichever u prefer

- 1 small onion, chopped finely

- 1/2 ts all spice

- 2 tb bread crumbs

- salt and pepper

- 1 big zucchini, chopped

- 1 big potato, chopped

- 1 medium eggplant, chopped

- 1 big carrot, chopped

- 2 to 3 big tomatoes, quartered

- 2 red onions, sliced in half .. then sliced thin

- 4 garlic clove, cut in half

- 1 to 2 celery sticks, chopped

- 2 cups beef stock.. or chicken stock … whichever u have on hand

- salt and pepper

meat mix

In a bowl … add the meat, onion, bread crumbs, all-spice, salt and pepper… And mix it all well ..

shape

Shape the meat mixture into either oval shape like in the photo or simply into balls … and place it in a baking sheet which is brushed or sprayed with a little oil …

bake it

Bake the meat balls until slightly browned and cooked through … around 15 to 20 mins …

Cut the vegs

Meanwhile cut all the vegetables …

mix all the vegs

Place all the vegetables in a bowl and mix them all together …

Now you have two choices … either season the vegetables with salt and pepper .. or simply season the stock … i chose to season the stock this time…

add to meat ball

Add all the mixed vegetables to the cooked meat balls .. and stir it all together ..

add the stock

Add the stock (seasoned with salt and pepper) to the vegetables and meat ball mixture … and cover it with aluminum foil ..

bake covered with foil

Bake covered at medium heat for 30 to 40 mins … until the potatoes and carrots(they take the longest to cook) are fork tender..

uncover foil and bake

Uncover the baking pan and bake for around 15 mins more .. just to give it a nice color ..

Kashkuleh (meat ball with vegs)

Serve with pitta bread…

Enjoy :)

February 11, 2009 at 6:54 PM 26 comments

Zahra Bi Laban (Cauliflower In Yogurt Sauce)

It couldnt get any more home cooking than this … this is something that you cant find in restaurants .. its traditional dish from the levant countries  (palestine, lebanon, syria, jordan).. this is one of my favorite dishes.. it might sound a little complicating to make but its not … its accually simple and reaally tasty .. its mainly lamb meat with cauliflower in yogurt sauce … to make it you will need:

- 500 gms. lamb meat.. about 1 lb… cut into about 2 inch pieces

- 1 kg cauliflower.. about 2 lb.. cut into florets

- 1 small onion, chopped

- 1 liter yogurt

- 2tb cornstarch, heaped

- 4 big garlic cloves, minced

- 1tb ghee or butter

- 1/4 ts white pepper

- 1/2 ts cardamom

- salt, to taste

boil cauliflower

In a big pot bring some water to a boil .. then add the cauliflower and boil .. let boil for about 15 mins..

strain it

Then strain the cauliflower … and set a side

fry it

In a deep fryer … fry the boiled cauliflower until golden in color …

onion meat and spices

Using a pressure cooker … place the onion, meat, white pepper, cardamom, and salt … DON’T add any oil .. cook over low heat uncovered for 15 mins.. until it releases its liquids and then its liquids reduces … keep an eye on it .. if it drys out fast then add a little water to it …

add water to lamb

After 15 mins … add about 1.5 liters of water …Cover it and let it boil for 30 mins …until well cooked .. this will make enough stock for the recipe and more to cook the rice with ..

If you dont have pressure cooker .. then simply double the cooking time ..

strain the yogurt

In another pot … strain the yogurt .. this is done so that the yogurt doesnt split while cooking .. by splitting i mean that it will separate releasing its water …

add cornstarch

Add a little water to the cornstarch … then add it to the yogurt … Also add to that about 1 1/2 cup water … if the yogurt is too thick .. you might need to add more water …

whisk until thick

Put the yogurt mixture on low heat .. season with a little salt .. keep mixing it until slightly thickened … dont boil it alot or it might burn … keep an eye on it … u will simply see slight bubble on the side of the pot …

add meat

When the yogurt is slightly thickened … add the meat pieces to it …

stain the stock

Strain the stock …. about 4 cups to 1 liter

add stock to yogurt

Keeping the heat on low .. add the stock to the yogurt mixture and stir well ..

add cauliflower

Then add the cauliflower to it too … be careful when u stir it or the cauliflower will break ..

add fried garlic

In a small frying pan .. melt the 1 tb ghee or butter .. then add the minced garlic and fry until golden … then add it to the yogurt ..  gently stir it .. then bring the whole mixture to a boil for about 15 mins over low heat …

zahra bi laban (cauliflower with yogurt sauce)

And thats it … Serve it with a side of white rice thats cooked with the lamb stock …

Enjoy :)

February 9, 2009 at 8:29 PM 28 comments

Roasted Chicken With Vegs

This is a very simple recipe .. and very healthy too … to make it you will need:

- 1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces

- two medium potatoes, chopped into big pieces

- a piece of pumpkin(same amount like the potatoes), chopped into big pieces

- 1 big onion, chopped into thick rings

- 2 big cloves garlic, minced

- juice of one lemon

- 3 tb olive oil

- 2 tb chopped herb, i used thyme.. (if using dired make it into 1ts)

- salt and pepper

marinate chicken

Start by marinating the chicken: in a bowl place the minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and herb .. and mix it all well … then add the chicken pieces.. add salt and pepper ..  and mix well until all the chicken is well coated … set aside for at least half an hour to marinate …

potatoes and pumpkin

In a baking sheet … add the potatoes and pumpkins .. season with salt and pepper…then drizzle with olive oil to coat .. then place it in the oven over high heat for 30 to 40 mins .. until the potatoes are done .. dont try moving the pumpkins or they will be squashed ..

chicken and onion

When the potatoes are done .. place the onion rings on top of it .. then the marinated chicken … Place it back in the oven over medium heat this time .. for around 45 to 1 hour .. until the chicken are cooked through …

roast till done

At this point you can add any other vegetables you like (asparagus, baby corn, lemon slices, zucchini, or anything else u like ) .. or u can keep it as it is …

If u decide on adding other vegetables .. simply layer it on top .. and place it back in the oven until done …

Roasted Chicken

And thats it …. Serve with a side of bread and any dip u like … i would suggest hummus :)

Enjoy :)

February 7, 2009 at 6:43 PM 9 comments

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