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Simple Kabsa | Saudi Arabian Fragrant Rice

Simple Kabsa

Simple Kabsa

Simple Kabsa | Saudi Arabian Fragrant Rice

Kabsa, the National dish of Saudi Arabia, is quite the humble dish. Each home making it their own, with various methods.. but the most common, daily dish is a very simple one -pot dish. Check out my other popular Kabsa recipe, which has more steps involved and used for more special occasions. For your daily meal however, I am sharing this favorite family method.

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Charmoula | Coriander Parsley Dressing / Marinade

charmoula marinade

Charmoula

Charmoula |  Coriander Parsley Dressing/Marinade

 

Charmoula ( شرمولة‎‎) is a North African Herbal Marinade, an all purpose dressing used a lot in Tunisia and Morocco. It is often used for seafood but works with meats as well as vegetables.  When you are looking for a different kind of marinade, something less Masala-ish and more Herby… it is a good choice. It is also great when you have lots of herbs, wanting to be used up 🙂 . We like this marinade with baked chicken wings and  grilled shrimp a lot!

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Brik | Delicious Tunisian Pastry

Brik | Delicious Tunisian Pastry

Brik (Breek)

Brik | Delicious Tunisian Pastry

No No, we are not into eating brick!  Brik (بريك) is a famous Tunisian  deep fried pastry. This is absolutely scrumptious, if you’ve never tried it before. This version (one of the more popular ones), has a filling of whole egg , seasoned tuna, onion, parsley and capers. Some versions add Harissa to spice things up, but here I  use the Tunisian spice mix ‘Tabil’.  You might compare it with a samosa, but the filling is entirely different … imagine cutting into the pastry and getting delicious oozilicious egg!! My kids are bonkers for oozy egg yolk, so they adore Brik!

brik recipe tunisia

Brik pastry is known as Malsouka ملسوقة  or Warka.Brik pastry is a very thin pastry that comes wrapped in cellophane. The thin, round sheets are made by slapping a sticky dough onto a hot non-stick surface in overlapping circles  and cooked for a short amount of time.

The tuna filling may be substituted with chicken, or minced meat. I will also be adding the recipe for ‘Swebaa Brik’ – Brik Fingers, soon which is finger sized spring roll shaped pastry with minced meat, egg and cheese filling. Thanks again to my friend Nadege for helping me with My Tunisian recipes.
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Tabil | Aromatic Tunisian Spice Mix

Tabil spice mix

Tabil – A Tunisian Pantry Staple

Tabil , is a Tunisian Spice Mix, that is often used in North African Cooking, in grilled meats or salads. It lends a deep and earthy flavor with some spicy kick, but it’s the undeniably enticing aroma that I just love so much! A tsp of Tabil mixed with some hung yoghurt and salt makes a great  side with grilled meats. You can use it in the Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad or in the Brik Pastry.. I will be adding more Tunisian recipes here. I sprinkle it towards the end of cooking several grilled dishes and it really wakes things up. If you love to change things up in the flavor department and always  have an element of surprise in home cooked food, exotic spice blends come in real handy! Off the shelf, they can be quite expensive but made at home, you can decide how much to stock up on.

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Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

 

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad is  one of the most popular and traditional foods served in Tunisia.  If you love dips and are always looking for something different, this is excellent. The combination of peppers, once grilled gives a unique and delicious flavor as well as enticing aroma. Slata Mechouia, pronounced ( S-lata Meshweeya) means ‘Grilled Salad’ in Arabic, but it is more of a grilled salsa than a salad.

Serve with traditional Arabic, or North African breads or toasted pita. According to the variety of peppers used, it can range from mild to spicy, however, the milder ones are more common and preferred.  It is customary to top the salad with flaked tuna, olives and boiled egg.. I was skeptical at the addition of tuna but it actually works with the spicy, grilled sweetness of the peppers. Serve with traditional Arabic, or North African breads or toasted pita.

An extremely popular appetizer in Tunisian homes and restaurants.. this is one of my posts honoring all the people I have met from across the world and their wonderful cuisines. Thanks to my high school friend Nadege, for some lovely Tunisian Recipes.

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Harissa | North African Spice Paste

harissa

How to make Harissa

Harissa | North African Spice Paste

 

Harissa is a North African spice paste, a condiment found everywhere in Morocco and Tunisia. It is also widely used in the Middle East. Popularly used in dips and marinades and can add a spicy kick to just about anything! In mayonnaise, hummus, burgers… the list goes on.

Although there are variations to Harissa, according to region, it is basically a red chilli paste. Fresh chillies or peppers may be roasted and used as well. The type I prefer however, uses only dried, rehydrated chillies. Since not all varieties of dried chillies are available everywhere, I recommend using your favorite. New Mexico and guaijillo chilies are good options. I love these long and mild dried chillies, that I use in most of my cooking. It’s the slightly crinkled type as opposed to those deep red shiny dried chillies. Harissa, made with these smells great too!

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Arabian Grilled Chicken Recipe | Djaj Mashwi | Al-Faham Djaj

arabian grilled chicken

Arabian Grilled Chicken Recipe | Djaj Mashwi | Al-Faham Djaj

 

This Arabian Grilled Chicken الدجاج المشوي is my favorite way to do Chicken on the Grill. SO SO EASY. All you need is chicken breasts, some powdered spices, dried herbs and you can make this delicious and appetizing grilled chicken right at home on your grill pan! I serve it with Simple Arabian Pilaf, Soup and Garlic Sauce. Quick and Tasty Meal, I assure you!




arabian grilled chicken - djaj mashwi

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Home Made Beef Shawarma Recipe




Sure sometimes, eating at a fancy restaurant is fun and offers great ambience. But don’t we all have our favorite snappy street foods, that we crave for much more often? Those who know me well, know that I absolutely love Shawarma! These lebanese wraps just make me deliriously happy and I can not explain why! My favorite of course, is the Chicken Shawarma but when I am in the mood for a heavier wrap, I will always opt for the Beef Shawarma. Ofcourse, you can’t beat the taste of the huge meat skewers that get shaved off as the outside gets grilled to perfection. However, did you know you can replicate this taste at home using a skillet or thick bottomed non stick pan? I follow my Home made Beef Shawarma Recipe and it comes out delicious every time! I also have recipes for Khubz(with Video) and Arabic Pickle(Mukhalal) , if you’s like to make everything from scratch.

Home Made Beef Shawarma Recipe MADE AT HOME

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Shrimp Kabsa – Arabian Fragrant Rice

Shrimp Kabsa shrimp kabsa with video

Shrimp Kabsa – Arabian Fragrant Rice

Aaah…. Kabsa or ‘Kabsah’ is an Arabian Dish that many are absolutely passionate about. The Saudi Arabian delicious and comforting rice dish is a common part of a weekly menu.

It can be made in a number of ways. From extremely simple, to a little more complicated. Every home has its favorite method of preparing it.

I love Saudi Food. It’s the closest to my heart. I have a  Chicken Kabsa recipe, which is lip smacking, albeit there are more steps involved than this mouth watering, fantastic Shrimp Kabsa! The special method of preparing the shrimp for this rice, makes it exceptionally delicious. I often make extra shrimp to have the next day, cause my family loves them so much. Here is how we make this Shrimp or Prawn Kabsa  in Jeddah!


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Arabian Biryani – Pressure Cooker Chicken Biryani

Arabian Biryani made in Pressure Cooker Arabian Biryani in pressure cooker

Arabian Biryani – Pressure Cooker Chicken Biryani

Ramadan 2015 is around the corner. I thought it’s time to post a quick Iftar dish that can be prepared easily. The first few days, can prove challenging, deciding what to make for Iftar. This Arabian Biryani is a Delicious ‘Quickie’ Chicken Biryani that is made in the Pressure Cooker. The rice is moist and flavorful! One-pot rice dishes are always a great way to go, when you want a nice meal and less cleanup!

The recipe combines the flavors of Arabian Kabsah and Indian Biryani to create a delicious mild toned biryani, that is so simple to make. Won’t you try it?

Arabian Biryani Pressure Cooker Recipe

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