Showing posts with label Lebanese cuisine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lebanese cuisine. Show all posts

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Grilled Lebanese Chicken with Lebanese Potato Salad, Green Peas Hummus and Pita Bread

Lebanese cuisine is wholesome and healthy, it consists of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, pickled vegetables, fresh fish, meat and olive oil. Most of the fish and meat are grilled and fresh vegetables are eaten in the form of salads. Various types of dish, dips, salad, picked vegetables, fruits and desserts are served in small quantity at a time, it’s known as mezze. On a regular basis a family can make 3 to 4 dish for mezze, but for functions and occasions mezze can consist of more than 25 dishes... 
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We enjoyed some Lebanese dishes at home...

Grilled Lebanese Chicken 

1 kg Whole Chicken 
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 tbsp Olive oil for marination + 1 tbsp Olive oil for grilling 
4 Garlic minced 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Pepper powder 
1/2 tsp Cumin powder 
1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder 
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder 
1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes 
* 1/2 tsp Coriander powder 
2 Cloves ground
Take the whole chicken, apply all the above ingredients to the chicken and keep it aside for 4 to 5 hours to marinate. Take a pan, place the chicken and pour the remaining olive oil over the chicken. Grill the chicken in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees celsius on one side, remove the tray and turn the chicken, grill the chicken on the other side for another 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the grilled chicken and serve it with salad. 

Lebanese Potato Salad

2 medium size Potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes 
Juice of  1/2 Lemon 
1 small Onion sliced 
2 tbsp chopped Mint leaves 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Pepper powder 
1 tbsp Olive oil 

Boil the potato cubes. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the water out and keep it aside for 10 to 15 minutes to cool it down. Take a mixing bowl, all the above ingredients and mix the ingredients well. Serve the salad immediately. 

Green Peas and Mint Hummus 

* 1 cup Frozen Green Peas
1 tbsp Tahini 
1 Garlic Clove
1 tbsp chopped Mint leaves 
1 tbsp Lemon Juice 
Salt to taste 
1/4 tsp Pepper powder 
2 tbsp Olive Oil 

Thaw the green peas, keep a tsp of green peas aside. Take a food processor, add the green peas, garlic, salt, pepper powder, some chopped mint leaves, tahini, lime juice and 1 1/2 tbsp Olive oil. Blend the ingredients together into a smooth paste. Remove the paste into a bowl, drizzle the remaining olive oil, sprinkle some mint leaves and add some green peas over the hummus. 

Pita Bread 

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Aish El Saraya...

Eid Mubarak to all...
May you be blessed with joy, peace and happiness.

Aish El Saraya...
It means bread of the royal palace. It's a Lebanese dish. Aish El-Saraya is made on special occasions.
Sweet sugar syrup is drizzled over the toasted bread and covered with thick cream on top. It is garnished with chopped pistachios and rose petals. It is served chilled. 
With love from my kitchen....

For the Syrup
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp Lime juice
2 tsp Rosewater

Add sugar, lime juice and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan. Stir and let it cook on low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring it to a boil and switch of the flame. Stir in rosewater. Cool for 10 minutes.

To make Aish El Saraya
8 slices White Bread,sides cut and toasted
1 1/2 cups of Milk
1/3 cup  Sugar
1 cup Fresh Cream
3 tbsp Cornflour
1 tsp Rosewater
Sugar Syrup
1/4 cup chopped Pistachios
Few dried Rose petals

Take a baking dish. Place 4 slices of toasted bread slices into the dish in a way that no gap should remain. Pour 1/2 of the syrup on the bread. Top with remaining bread. Drizzle with remaining syrup. Keep it aside. Add milk, cream, sugar and cornflour in a  sauce pan. Stir it till the cornflour has mixed well. Cook, stirring it constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Switch of the flame. Stir in rosewater.Pour over the bread in the dish. Sprinkle with pistachio. Set aside to cool. Refrigerate until it sets. Serve.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Pita Bread

 Pita Bread
It is a Lebanese bread had with Hummus, Salad and Falafel... it's better to make these at home. Easy to make even if you don't have a oven.
2 1/2 + 2 tbsp  cup All Purpose Flour 
2 tsp Dry or Instant Yeast
1 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste
1/2 cup Lukewarm water + More water as required 
2 tbsp Olive oil

Add yeast, sugar and water in a bowl and let it proof for 10 minutes. Add 2 1/2 cups of the flour and salt and mix it well. When the yeast is ready pour the yeast on the flour. Mix the dough well. If required add more water little at a time and start mixing the flour and kneading it into a soft dough. Add a tbsp olive oil and knead it for 5 minutes. Drizzle some more oil on the dough. Cover the bowl with a towel and let rest until it rises double its size. When the dough is ready, sprinkle some flour on the dough and remove the air from the dough.  Knead it again for few seconds and make 6 equal portions of the dough. Arrange the balls on a greased tray leaving some distance, cover and let it rest for 10 minutes. With a help of a rolling pin roll out each ball into a 1/3 inch thick circle. Let the dough circles rest for 10 minutes.

To Bake Pitas in the Oven...
While rolling the dough,heat the oven to 260 degrees celsius and preheat it. Put a baking tray on the middle rack to heat. Put as many rolled out pitas that fits on the baking directly for about 3 minutes. The pita will start to puff up after two minutes and is done when it has fully ballooned. Cover baked pitas with a towel while cooking any remaining pitas.

To Bake Pitas on the Stovetop...
Warm a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle a little oil in the pan and wipe off the excess. Put the rolled-out pita on the skillet and bake until you see bubbles starting to form. Flip and cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side, press the surface gently with a towel. Flip again and cook another 1-2 minutes.  The pita should start to puff.  Keep cooked pitas covered with a clean dishtowel while cooking the remaining pitas.