KAWAG (SYRIAN STEW)

Ingredients

1 lb. cubed lamb or beef stew meat

1 onion, sliced

1 c. diced carrots

1 c. sliced peppers (red or green)

1 c. squash (yellow or green), cubed

1 c. cubed eggplant

3 med. potatoes

1 (28 oz.) can whole tomatoes

1 (13 oz.) can V-8 vegetable juice

1 tsp. Syrian pepper

1 tsp. salt

Method

Mix together meat, onion, carrots, green pepper with Syrian pepper and salt. Place in shallow pan, cover with sliced potatoes, squash and eggplant. Pour whole tomatoes and V-8 juice over ingredients. Cover with foil. Cook in 350 degree oven until cooked, approximately 1 hour

                                                                                                    

    Butheina Alnounou

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Grilled Fish in Spicy Sauce Recipe

Preparation time 25 minutes
Cooking time 25 minutes

Ingredients

700 g white fish fillets, skinned and minced
1 small onion or 70 g, chopped
½ cup fresh parsley or 40 g, chopped
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
For the spicy sauce:

1 small onion or 70 g, sliced
2 cloves garlic, round slices
3 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper or 150 g, sliced
¼ teaspoon white ground pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
100 g mushrooms, cleaned and cut into quarters
1 medium tomato or 150 g, diced
1 sachet MAGGI Bolognaise Mix
3 cups water or 750 ml

Preparation

Put minced fish in a bowl and mix with onions, parsley and black pepper powder.

Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions and shape them into finger shape using your hands. Grill the fish finger with olive oil on medium heat for 5-6 minutes from all sides until is cooked. Set aside.
In a saucepan combine onion, garlic, coriander, green capsicum, spices, mushrooms, tomatoes, MAGGI Bolognaise Mix and water. Cook over medium heat till boiling then simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
Gently add cooked fish kofta fingers to the sauce. Simmer on low heat for another 5 minutes then serve.
Serving tips : This dish can be served with mashed potatoes or steamed rice.

Butheina Alnounou

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best Kufta with sesame sauce or tahini.-

Kufta is a recipe for meatballs that can be made with vegetables and meat or separately.

This is the best Kufta recipe for Beef or Lamb meatballs with vegetables served with sesame sauce or tahini. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1/2 KG fine ground meat (Beef or Lamb)

1/2 cup parsley

2 medium onions (diced)

Salt to taste, Black Pepper and Allspice

1/4 cup cooking oil

1/3 cup sesame paste (tahina)

1/3 cup lemon juice

1/3 cup water

Preparation

Mix the meat with fine cut parsley and diced onions.

Add your seasoning- Salt, Black pepper and Allspice.

Shape into Kababs, (the size of a small egg) and place into a large pan.

Add cooking oil and lightly fry the Kufta on the stove top to hold its shape.

Preparing the Tahini sauce:

Mix tahina and lemon juice together well until it forms a smooth paste.

Slowly add the water while stirring to keep the mixture smooth.

Pour sauce over kofta.

Cook on the stove top covered at a low-medium heat until the water has boiled away to form a semi-thick sauce in the bottom of the pan (about 30 Minutes).

Brown the top under the broiler.

Serve with Pita bread or white rice on the side.

 Butheina Alnounou

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Fried Meat Sambousek Recipe

Serves: 12 person
Preparation time : 30 minutes
Cooking time : 15 minutes

Ingredients

for the dough:


3 cups plain flour or 420 g

1 tablespoon sugar

1½ teaspoons salt

½ cup butter or 110 g, softened

¾ cup water or 185 ml

for the stuffing:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 medium onions or 250 g, chopped

500 g minced lamb

2 cubes MAGGI Chicken Bouillon, crumbled

2 tablespoons pine seeds, toasted

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon seven spices

½ teaspoon dried mint

2 cups oil for deep frying

Preparation

Place flour in a deep bowl, add sugar, salt, butter and mix well with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Gradually add little quantities of water and mix thoroughly until a dough forms. Cover with kitchen cloth and set aside for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in saucepan and sauté onion for 2 minutes then add the minced lamb and fry for 5 minutes or until brown in color. Add the crumbled MAGGI Chicken cubes, toasted pine seeds, spices and dried mint. Stir for few seconds or until all are well combined then set aside to cool.

Roll the dough into around 3 millimeters thin pastry. Using a medium size cup or dough cutter, cut round pieces of the dough. Place 1 tablespoon of the stuffing in the center of each piece and seal the edges by twisting them or pressing with fork.

Deep-fry the sambousek in 190°C preheated oil for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown in color. Remove from oil and place in kitchen tissues to absorb excess oil then serve.

                                                                                                 Butheina Alnounou

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Freekeh with chicken

 

Ingredients

1 whole free range chicken, medium size (15)
3 cinnamon quills
4 bay leaves
6 cardamom pods
½ onion, cut into quarters
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp of ghee or olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
300g minced meat, beef or lamb(optional)
2 cups freekeh
1 tsp seven spice
1 tsp sea salt
6 cups chicken stock (the reserved water from the chicken pot)
25g butter
½ cup almonds, toasted in butter
½ cup pine nuts, toasted in butter
4-6 small Syrian truffles, peeled and sliced (optional – depends on availability)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Butter or olive oil

Preparation

Wash the freekeh, remove any burnt grains or small stones. Strain and set aside.

In a large pot place the chicken and cover with water. Add cinnamon quills, bay leaves, cardamom seeds, quartered onion and salt.

Cover and cook until tender, for approximately half an hour.

When the chicken is cooked, remove from the pot, drain and cool. Reserve the chicken stock and keep it on a slow boil to use later. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken, leaving it in portion size pieces.

Add ghee or olive oil to a large pot and the finely chopped red onion. Cook the onion for two minutes to soften. Then add the mince to brown with the onions. Add the drained freekeh and mix through. Add the seven spice mix, and one heaped teaspoon sea salt. Mix through.

Add 4 cups of chicken stock while the mixture is hot and the stock is on a gentle boil. Leave the mixture on a medium heat until it comes to the boil. Then lower the heat, cover the pot and leave to simmer for 40 minutes.

Melt butter in a separate saucepan on a medium heat. Add the peeled and sliced truffles and coat with butter. Then add the chicken pieces, ground cinnamon and 2 cups of stock. Bring to the boil.

Dish the freekeh mixture (while still moist) onto a large serving plate. Place the chicken pieces on top, and then the truffles and nuts .

                                                                                                         Butheina Alnounou

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