Showing posts with label Middle Eastern Dishes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Middle Eastern Dishes. Show all posts

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Baba Ganoush – Middle Eastern Delight

Baba Ganoush is a dish made out of Eggplant/Aubergine/Kathrikkai, along with tahini paste, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. The Eggplant/Aubergine is baked or broiled over an open flame and the skin is peeled out. This is done to make the Eggplant pulp soft and to get a smoky taste. It is a very common and popular dip eaten along with kuboos/pita bread in the Middle East. I have had this Baba Ganoush several times in Lebanese restaurants when I used to live in USA. Another very similar and authentic dip/chutney made in Tamil Nadu [South India] is the Sutta Kathrikkai Chutney which also has the smoky taste along with Indian spices and seasoning. Do check out the Tahini Paste which is the base for the Baba Ganoush and also try out the Sutta Kathrikkai Chutney – South Indian version of Baba Ganoush.

Here’s how to make Baba Ganoush with step by step photos…

Friday, 31 January 2014

Hummus – Middle Eastern Delight

Hummus is a Middle Eastern delight made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt. It is a very common and popular dip or spread in the Middle Eastern cuisine. Hummus is found in most of the grocery shops in the refrigerated section. Without any doubt Hummus is the tastiest and the healthiest dip, which can be served with pita bread, rotis, chapathis or even spread it on bread to make a wonderful sandwich. Tahini paste plays a vital role in the making of Hummus. Do check out how to make Tahini paste here.

Here’s how to make Hummus with step by step photos…

Homemade Tahini Paste/Sesame Seeds Paste-Middle Eastern Delight

Tahini is a paste made by grinding roasted sesame seeds along with olive oil, used in North Africa, Greece, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine. Tahini plays a vital role in Middle Eastern recipes and is a foundation for many recipes likehummus, baba ghanoush, halva etc and also served as a dip on its own [Wikipedia]. Tahini paste can be purchased from shops, but can be made at home in a jiffy. I personally love Middle Eastern dishes and prepare hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush etc at home. Tahini is an excellent source of omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids and is also rich in copper and manganese. Tahini has relatively high levels of calcium and protein and is perfectly suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Here's how to make Tahini Paste with step by step photos....

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Falafel - Middle Eastern Dish

Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern dish.  Since today is Valentine's day, I have planned a special exotic dinner for us. And today it's going to be Mediterranean menu, Falafel with pita bread, salad and hummus.

Falafel is a very filling vegetarian dish, is perfect as a starter, or a main course or just a snack. In this post I ‘am going to show you how to make Falafel with step by step instructions and photos.