Tabbouleh

Note: This makes the amount you usually get in a restaurant as a side dish, half a cup or so? For my family of four, it is the perfect amount.

2 tsp fine bulgur wheat
Juice of 1 large lemons, to taste
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (from 1/4 bunch)
¼ cup chopped fresh mint (optional)
1 ripe tomato, very finely chopped
1/4 sweet onion, finely chopped or 1 scallion, finely chopped
Salt to taste
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

  1. Place the bulgur in a bowl, and cover with water by 1/2 inch. Soak for 30 minutes, until slightly softened. Drain through a cheesecloth-lined strainer, and press the bulgur against the strainer to squeeze out excess water.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl, and toss with the lemon juice, parsley, mint, tomatoes, onion and salt.
  3. Leave in the fridge overnight, so that the bulgur can continue to absorb liquid and swell.
  4. Add the olive oil, toss together, taste and adjust seasonings.
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Syrian Roasted Red Pepper Dip

aka Muhammara

2 roasted red peppers (jarred is fine)
75g/2½oz walnuts
75g/2½oz white breadcrumbs
1 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
fresh mint leaves, to garnish
salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Blend the red peppers in a food-processor until smooth and put in a large bowl.

  2. Blend most of the walnuts until you have fine crumbs and add to the pepper purée. Mix in the breadcrumbs and season well.

  3. Stir in the tahini and pomegranate molasses and loosen with olive oil and a splash of water, if necessary.

  4. Arrange in a serving dish and garnish with fresh mint and the remaining walnuts

Syrian Chickpea Salad

Syrian-inspired brunchChickpea Salad

400g tin fava beans/broad beans, drained
1 can garbanzo beans OR half of the cooked chickpeas
handful fresh parsley leaves
1 beef tomato, roughly chopped
squeeze lemon juice
2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
good pinch ground cumin
2–3 spring onions, thinly sliced

  1. To make the chickpea salad, mix half the remaining cooked chickpeas with the beans. Add the remaining ingredients and season to taste.

 

 

Candied Purple Cabbage

Note: YOU WILL NEED TWO HOURS TO LET THIS SIMMER ON THE STOVE!! It’s so worth it, but make sure you have that kind of time. This recipe does not require constant attention or mixing, so it’s good to have on the stove while doing something else.

Adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/40533/red-cabbage/

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 head red/purple cabbage, finely chopped or shredded
1 small apple, peeled and diced
1/2 c brown sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinaigrette
one handful of finely chopped onion (optional)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tbsp butter
1/4 c water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put everything into a medium sized pot. Bring to boil over medium high heat on stove, uncovered. Mix well.
  2. Once boiled, decrease stove heat to low and put lid on pot. Let cook, stirring from time to time, for around two hours.
  3. It is done when the water is gone, and the taste is like candied yum.
  4. Enjoy!

Note: I found the final result tasted a LOT like gulkand. If I had added cardamom it would have been uncanny.

Note: No one in my house could believe this was cabbage. It was awesome and went fast.

This recipe’s a keeper. Makes a perfect side dish. It’s excellent for a pot luck because it looks unusual and impressive, everyone loves it, it doesn’t cost a lot, and although it takes two hours to make, it’s not a high maintenance two hours.

 

Andhra Spinach

From Saveur and Madhur Jaffrey

SERVES 2-4

Ingredients

1⁄4 cup oil
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1⁄4 tsp. fenugreek seeds (methi)
12 fresh or frozen curry leaves (limdo)
9 cloves garlic, 3 halved lengthwise, 6 minced
1 yellow onion, minced
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. red chile powder, such as cayenne
1⁄2 tsp. ground turmeric
1 (2″) piece ginger, peeled and grated
Kosher salt, to taste
3 lb. baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a 12″ nonstick skillet over medium-high.
  2. Cook cumin seeds until they pop, 1–2 minutes.
  3. Add fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, and halved garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add onion; cook until golden, 10–12 minutes.
  5. Add minced garlic, the coriander, chile powder, turmeric, ginger, and salt; cook until garlic is golden, 2–3 minutes.
  6. Stir in spinach; cook until wilted and slightly dry, 6–8 minutes.

NOTE: This was terrific. Even the spinach haters in my family loved it. Five stars!!

Dudhi Chutney

NOTE: This recipe uses up the dudhi peel from the Dudhi Halwa recipe.

The chutney can be enjoyed with rice or paratha.

INGREDIENTS:

Dudhi skin, chopped finely, from 1 whole dudhi (just over 2 c)

Vaghar:

2 tsp oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp mustard seeds
few bay leaves
pinch hing
1 tbsp chana dal
1 tbsp urad dal
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 – 2 green chilies, chopped (the long finger sized ones)

Blend with:

pea sized amount of tamarind paste
3 tbsp grated coconut
salt to taste
water (as needed to blend to proper consistency)

Directions:

  1. Do vaghar.
  2. Add chopped dudhi.
  3. Take everything and put it into blender. Blend.
  4. Enjoy!

HEALTH BENEFITS OF DUDHI: It contains many vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin C and folate. It is extremely popular for weight loss. Especially dudhi juice. Dudhi is extremely popular for reducing high blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy. It is also consumed with bitter melon juice by diabetics to normalize their blood sugar levels.

 

Easy Spanish Rice

Ingredients:

1 c rice (uncooked, unwashed)
1/4 c diced onion or green onion
1/4 c diced red, yellow and green pepper and jalapenos
1 c pace picante medium salsa
1 c tomato soup (leftovers are great for this)
1 c water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp cumin, paprika

Directions:

  1. Sautee onions and peppers in vegetable oil over medium heat. Add cumin and paprika.
  2. Add rice. Sautee until brown.
  3. Add salsa, soup and water.
  4. Cover pot and let simmer 20 min until liquid has been absorbed.
  5. Enjoy!