Baba Ganouj – Eggplant / Baigan prepared with Pomegranate Molasses Dip (Middle Eastern Cusine)

baba ganouj

Serves: Two  (2) Persons

♦ Ingredients

  • Egg Plants / Baigan: 3 no’s (cut vertically from centre in two halves)
  • Garlic: 4 to 5 cloves (very fine chopped)
  • Lemon juice: 2 tablespoon
  • Pomegranate Molasses – 2 tablespoon
  • Salt: As per taste
  • Olive Oil: 4 tablespoons (in parts to be used)

♦ For garnishing

  • Coriander / Parsley leaf: 1/3 cup (fine chopped)
  • Pomegranate Seeds

♦ Preparation:

  • Poke hole with a fork in eggplants / baigan, rub olive oil on the skin and roast it on a gas on medium flame placing it on the skin on flame
  • Once tender and soft, scoop the entire flesh from eggplant and keep it on a sieve for water to drain.
  • Mash eggplant flesh with a fork until it is smooth.
  • Add lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, salt, garlic and olive oil. Mix it well
  • While serving pour some olive oil and garnish it. 

Serve with Khaboos, Lebanese Bread or Paratha. You can make a roll also.

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Spinach Groat Salad / Palak Dalia ka Salad

oat berry groat salad

Serves: Two  (2) Persons

♦ Ingredients

  • Spinach / Palak: 150 grams (satisfactory cleaned & fine chopped)
  • Thick Groats / Dalia: 1cup (washed)
  • Corn seeds boiled: 1 cup (can be replaced by another vegetable or seeds of your choice)
  • Spring Onion: 2 sprigs (finely chopped with stems)
  • Salt: As per taste
  • Black Pepper: ½ teaspoon (powder)
  • Paprika: 1teaspoon (powder)
  • Green Chilli: 1 no’s (fine chop or you can use chilli paste)
  • Mixed spices / Garam masala: ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin / Zeera: ½ teaspoon (powder)
  • Tomato paste: 1 tablespoon
  • Tomato: 1 no’s (finely chopped)
  • Olive Oil: 3 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice: ¼ cup
  • Pomegranate molasses: 2 Tablespoons

♦ Preparation:

  • On medium heat take water in a pan and boil it. Add groats and let them boil, you can say until satisfactory boiled. Please note it takes time to boil them, it depends upon the thickness of the grain.
  • Once the groats are boiled transfer them into a strainer and drain the water. Once the boiled water is entirely drained out, pour cold or room temperature water on the groats till they settle and are cool.
  • Transfer the groats from the strainer to a bowl and add chopped spinach, corn seeds, spring onion, salt, black pepper, paprika, chilli, mixed spices, tomato, and cumin. Mix it well.
  • Add the tomato paste, olive oil, pomegranate molasses until all are well coated and mixed.
  • If you want you can again pour olive oil on top before serving.

 Serve it.

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Lentil Soup / Daal Ka Soup: Arabic Cuisine (Appetizer)

lentil soup

Serving: Four (4) persons

Ingredients:

  • Red Lentils / Lal Masoor Daal: 2 cup (well cleaned and soaked for 20 minutes)
  • Broken Rice: ¼ cup (can use Egyptian Rice)
  • Red onion: 1 no (finely chopped in cubes)
  • Garlic Cloves / Lahsan: 3 no’s (julianne cut)
  • Black pepper / Kali Mirch powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin / Zeera: 2 ½ teaspoons (powder)
  • Turmeric / Haldi: ½ teaspoon
  • Oil: 3 tablespoons
  • Salt: As per taste
  • Water: 5 to 6 cups

For Garnish:

  • Coriander leaf / Dhania patta: ¼ cup (fine chopped for garnishing)
  • Food Cream: As per requirement

Preparation:

  • Take a pan and on medium heat fry onion and garlic in the oil until onion are pink or translucent
  • Now add rice and lentil and mix for few seconds and add cumin, black pepper, turmeric, salt and mix.
  • Add water and increase the flame of the gas to high until the water boils. Once water is boiled reduce the heat to medium preferable simmer for 30 minutes or till the lentils are cooked. Keep stirring in between.
  • Once the lentils are cooked remove it from the flame, if you have hand blender you can blend the entire mixture now or if you using Mixer let it cool and come to room temperature and then blend it.
  • Once you blend it will become smooth in consistency and if you find it bit thick you can add water.
  • Now again heat it for 2 to 3 minutes before you serve.
  • Garnish it with coriander leaf and food cream if you want.

Serve with sliced lemon and pita bread or without pita bread. While serving place Olive Oil and Arabic Spice Masala on the table, if anyone wants can drizzle and sprinkle respectively.

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Shrimps / Prawn: Cooked in Mediterranean Method.

shrimp-with-cilantro-lime-sauce

Serves: Two  (2) Persons

♦ Ingredients

  • Shrimps / Prawns: 250 gm (cleaned and deveined)
  • Garlic: 4 to 5 cloves (very finely chopped or mashed in a mortar)
  • Black pepper / Kali Mirch powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Chilli flakes: ¼ teaspoon
  • Lemon juice: 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander leaf / Dhania Patta: ½ cup
  • Olive Oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Salt: As per taste

♦ Preparation:

  • In a pan add olive oil on medium heat. Add shrimps and toss for 5 minutes. Until they turn pink.
  • Once done shift shrimps in a tray.
  • Now in the same pan add garlic, chopped coriander leaf and black pepper and sauté it for 2 minutes
  • Again add shrimps in the pan and sauté gently and sprinkle black pepper and salt
  • Now drizzle lemon juice in the pan
  • After two minutes the shrimps are ready to be served

 Serve it.

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Shawarma: A Middle East Chicken / Mutton Roll or Platter

chicken shavarma

Serves: Four  (4) Persons

♦ Ingredients

  • Chicken / Mutton: 500 gm (boneless & chopped as per requirement)

♦ For Marinating

  • Garlic: 4 to 5 cloves (very fine chopped)
  • Cloves / Lavang powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Black pepper  / Kali Mirch powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Cinnamon powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Green Cardamom powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Cumin / Zeera powder: ¼  teaspoon
  • Nutmeg powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Chilli powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Arabic spice masala: 2 to 3 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice: 1 tablespoon
  • White Vinegar: 2 tablespoon
  • Olive Oil: 2 tablespoon

♦ For Garnishing

  • Red Onion: 1 no’s large (Julienne cut)
  • Coriander / Parsley leaf: 1/3 cup (fine chopped)
  • Tomato: 2 no’s (cut in cubes)
  • Lettuce: Optional
  • Salt: as per taste or Sumac (a middle east salt red in colour)

♦ Sauce for serving

  • Mayo garlic spread mixed with Tahini (sesame seed paste)

♦ Preparation:

  • Mix entire marinate except olive oil together. Add salt as per taste
  • Pour entire marinate over chicken/mutton and mix well. Refrigerate it for 1 to 2 hours or overnight and bring it to room temperature before cooking
  • Now pour olive oil in a pan and cook the chicken/mutton on medium flame. Do not overcook. It should not be dry it should be soft and juicy.
  • While the chicken is being cooked prepare the garnish
  • Prepare onion mix with coriander, tomato, salt or sumac and a drizzle of lemon juice
  • Once the Shawarma is ready, sprinkle garnish over it

 Serve with Khaboos, Lebanese Bread or Paratha. You can make a roll also (for roll spread the sauce on the bread and then place the shawarma mix and roll it. 

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Daal Gosht (Lamb Cooked with Split Chick Peas): Indo-Pak Cuisine

dal ghosht

Serving: Four (4) persons

Ingredients:

  • Mutton (Lamb): 750 gm (thoroughly washed and cleaned)
  • Split chickpeas / Chana Daal: 150 gm (soaked in water for at least 30 to 45 minutes)
  • Cloves / Lavang: 5 no’s
  • Black pepper / Kali Mirch (whole): 5 no’s
  • Bay leaf / Tejpat patta: 2 no’s (break it from middle)
  • Green cardamom / Choti elaichi: 3 no’s
  • Tumeric / Haldi: 1 teaspoon
  • Kashmiri Mirch (powder): 2 teaspoon
  • Ginger / Adarak: 1 inch fine chopped
  • Oil: 3 tablespoons
  • Salt: As per taste
  • Water: 3 to 4 cups

For Tempering:

  • Red onion / Piyaaz: 1/1/2 no’s (Thin cut – vertically)
  • Tomato: 2 no’s small size (Very fine chopped)
  • Garlic / Lasan: 5 cloves ( Fine chopped or paste)
  • Ginger / Adarak: 1 inch (Julienne cut)
  • Coriander powder / Dhania powder: 2 teaspoons
  • Tumeric powder / Haldi powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Chilly powder: 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Spices powder / Garam masala: 1 teaspoon
  • Mint leaf / Podina patta: ½ cup (fine chopped)
  • Oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Salt: As per taste but in the end, we have already added while cooking the meat and daal
  • Coriander leaf / Dhania patta: ¼ cup (fine chopped for garnishing)

Preparation:

  • In a pressure cooker on medium heat add oil and let it boil.
  • Once boiled add, cloves, black pepper, bay leaf, green cardamom and gently sauté it for 2 minutes.
  • It is time to add mutton and gently stir in the pressure cooker for 4 to 5 minutes, it will change its color.
  • Now add split chick peas / chana daal and stir it alongwith the mutton.
  • Add ginger, turmeric, salt, chili powder and at least stir it 4 to 5 times.
  • Pour water and close the pressure cooker. It will take at least 5 to 6 whistles to be well cooked.
  • Once done switch off the gas. Do not to open the pressure cooker let the steam within cook the mutton and daal more.
  • Now prepare the tempering.
  • On medium heat pour oil and once it is hot add onions and keep sauté it until they become dark golden brown or we can say caramelized colour.
  • Once it is done take out ¼ of the golden fried onion and keep it aside on a tissue paper.
  • Now add tomato and sauté it for 3 to 4 minutes, now add garlic and ginger and sauté it for 2 more minutes
  • Add turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala, mint leaf and keep sauté it until the mixture leaves oil from the side.
  • Now add the cooked daal and mutton and stir nicely in the entire tempering. Check salt.
  • If less you can add now, if all okay let the entire dish cook for at least 3 to 4 minutes.
  • If the consistency is bit thick you can add water and cook well for at-least 2 to 3 boils.
  • Once done before serving add the onions that we kept separate and garnish with coriander leaf.

Serve it with steam rice of roti or naan

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Spinach with Cottage Cheese / Palak Paneer: Cooked in North Indian Method

Palak Paneeer

Serves: Two  (2) Persons

♦ Ingredients

  • Spinach / Palak: 250 grams (satisfactorily cleaned)
  • Fresh Cottage Cheese / Paneer: 300 gm (Cut into cubes)
  • Red onion: 1 large (Julienne cut)
  • Garlic: 4 to 5 cloves (Very fine chopped)
  • Cloves / Lavang: 5 no’s
  • Black pepper (whole) / Kali mirch: 5 no’s
  • Cinnamon bark / Dalchini: 1 inch or powder 1 teaspoon
  • Bay leaves / Tejpat patta: 2 no’s (broken from middle)
  • Green cardamom / Choti elaichi: 3 no’s
  • Cumin seeds / Zeera: 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander leaves: ½ cup (Finely chopped or paste)
  • Chili powder: 1 teaspoon (Kashmiri chili powder)
  • Green chili: 2 no’s (fine chop)
  • Curd: 4 tablespoons
  • Coriander powder: 2 teaspoons
  • Salt: As per taste
  • Oil or clarified butter/ghee: 3  tablespoons
  • Ginger: ½ inch (Julienne cut for garnishing)
  • All purpose cream: 1 teaspoon

Suggestion: Do not add tomato in any form.

♦ Preparation:

  • Keep two pans ready one with hot water and other with cold water.
  • Clean & wash spinach and then dip them in hot water for 2 to 3 minutes and then immediately transfer them in ice cold water for 2 to 3 minutes. This keeps spinach green even after cooking.
  • Blend the spinach into a fine paste.
  • Take a pan on low medium flame add clarified butter and add cumin seeds.
  • Once cumin seed splutters add, garlic and sauté it for 2 to 3 minutes so that garlic becomes golden in colour.
  • Add cloves, black pepper, bay leaves, green cardamom and sauté gently for 2 minutes.
  • Time to add onion and sauté it until they turn translucent or pink in colour.
  • Now add chilli powder, coriander powder, green chilli, salt and mix well
  • Add curd and gently whisk it in the pan along with the mixture for 2 minutes. This gives a very beautiful colour to the entire dish.
  • Now add spinach to the entire mixture and gently stir and let it boil. In case you find the paste of spinach bit thick add little water and let it boil.
  • After 1st boil add coriander paste or chopped coriander and gently stir for 2 minutes.
  • Now it is time to add cottage cheese. (Cottage cheese can be added directly or some prefer them to be fried and then added. If you love to have it fried than fry cottage cheese cubes in oil or ghee and keep aside. This process you have to carry out before you blend the spinach – 1st Step)
  • After cottage cheese is added gently stir it alongwith the spinach for 3 to 4 minutes
  • Switch off the gas flame and garnish with ginger and drizzle cream on top.

Serve with chapatis or steam rice.

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