Saturday, 28 February 2009

Quick & Easy Recipe: Arabic Snacks

I've mentioned before that I still long for those Middle Eastern flavours while stranded here on Her Majesty's Rainy Shores. The ones below are extremely simple and tasty, either as a light snack on a Sunday, or to serve to guests before a meal. Serve these with real arabic bread, the big flat variety which you can find in most good Arabic/Ethnic Supermarkets, the 'pita' you get in chain supermarkets is rubbish compared to it.

Tahini Dip
  • 1/2 Cup Tahini (Arabic Sesame Paste, available in Arabic Supermarkets)
  • 4 Heaped Tablespoons of Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • Juice of one Whole Lemon
  • Optional Fresh Parsley to Garnish
  • Sea Salt to Taste
Chop Garlic Finely. Add to the Tahini. Plop in the Yoghurt, mix till combined, watch as it thickens up into a nice paste. Incorporate the lemon, (add more depending on your your palette), season with the salt. If the dip is too thick for your tastes, thin it down with a little water till it reaches your desired consistency. This dip also goes well with fish!

Arnabeet Meklah (Fried Cauliflower)
  • One Head of Cauliflower
  • Sea Salt
  • Oil for Frying
  • Optional Fresh Lemon Juice
You won't believe how special this is until you try it, and it's so darn simple. The frying unlocks the beautiful flavours in the cauliflower that usually languish in boiling water and dodgy cheese sauces. This nice rustic treat is really addictive.

Slice up the cauliflower into florets. Shallow fry in hot oil, cook till nicely browned and a little crispy in places. Pat down and dry off oil. Sprinkle with Sea Salt (and optional lemon). Serve with Tahini Dip and warmed Arabic Bread. It's cheap too!



Tip for the Lazy: Most UK Chain Supermarkets sell a Tahini brand called 'Cypressa' if you can't make it to an Arabic shop.


Kake said...

Roasted cauliflower is good too! Just cut it up, toss it in olive oil, and put it in the oven until it's browned and crispy. Slightly different result from frying, but still tasty.

Melvin Smack & Rajesh Thappar said...

Nice! Sounds healthier too!