Here are some of my recipes i learn everything from my grandmother and aunts
InshaAllah i can share my traditions with you all.
Fatyir Jibni bil zayton (cheese pies with olives)
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon yeast
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 cups Fancy shredded Monterrey jack cheese
1/2 cup diced olives
1 tablespoon dry oregano or thyme
*Place dry ingredients into a bowl except yeast mix well.
*Place yeast with the dry ingredients.
*Add the oil and slowly add the water until the dough forms.
(you may or may not use all of the water if you added more water
you may add some more flour until the dough comes together )
*Place in a greased bowl, allow to rest for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
Filling: mix filling into a bowl by adding cheese, oregano,and olives.
Preheat the oven to 425DF
To form: them follow the pictures bellow, divide the dough into 4 balls, allow them to rest then you can roll them each out. before i stuff them i like to allow them to rest again so that they become very soft and easy to work with.
add the cheese mixture on each dough disk then pinch of the corner to corner on the 2 edges leaving the center open. This is a very traditional Lebanese way of closing filled dough.
bake for 12-15mins until they become golden. you may brush with a egg wash if you prefer.ENJOY!
2 (15oz) can cannellinini beans
1 cup chopped cilantro
1 onion sliced
2 large tomatoes diced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 1/4 cups water or vegetable stock
1 teaspoon salt
10 cloves fresh crushed garlic
1 bay leaf, 2 cloves
pinch black pepper
2 tablespoons oil
How2: In a pot add in 1 tablespoon oil on med-low heat cook the onions and tomatoes for about 15 mins.
when they are soft add in the beans including the liquid in the can.
Followed by the 3 cups of water or broth, place in the spices. bring to a boil.
Once it comes to a boil add the tomato paste. mix in well allow the pot to come to a boil again, cover and reduce heat. cook for about 30-40mins until beans are soft but not mushy.
in another pot add the other tablespoon oil the crushed garlic and cilantro on med-low heat cool until the fragrance of garlic and cilantro fill the air do not burn. you can see in the picture after the size of the cilantro is reduced a bit.
Place that cilantro/garlic mixture on the beans towards the end of cooking.
In the pot you cooked the cilantro and garlic in add the 1/4 cup of water to remove extra flavors left in the pot.
pour over the stew. bring to a boil again then reduce heat to low, cook for additional 15 -20 Min's or until the sauce is slightly educed but not to thick. note: this is traditionaly made with meat or chicken so feel free to use that I just prefer mines vegi.
rice pilaf (riz bi khodra)
1 cup rice
1/2 red pepper diced
1 small onion chopped
1 diced carrot
1 clove crushed garlic
1/2 cup peas
2 teaspoons oil
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped parsley for garnish
2 cups of water or broth
pinch of pepper
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
in a pot add oil, on med/low heat saute onions,carrots,peppers,peas. until onions have become slightly golden and vegetables are cooked. add garlic , ginger,bay leaf,pepper,and turmeric. saute for 5min on low heat. add salt and broth. Cover and bring to a boil.
once it boils add the rice wait for it to come up to another boil. reduce heat, cover and allow to cook on low for 15-20Min's or until the fluid is gone and rice is fluffy.
add butter and fluff with fork, serve with any side.
Fetteh bi laban
2 cans chickpeas
2 large pitta bread around cut into squares toasted
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 head garlic crushed
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups plane yogurt
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup chopped parsley for garnish
1 Pyrex or casserole dish for serving.
Toast the pita squares until golden, You may skip this step and use pita chips.
In a sauce pan add the 2 cans of chickpeas with liquid and heat over med heat until the chickpeas are a bit tender but not mush. remove and strain.
In a bowl crush garlic with salt add yogurt,water and mix until well combined. cover and place in fridge until ready to assemble.
To Assemble: NOTE: assemble only when your about to eat because if made ahead of time the bread will become soggy.
Place a layer of toasted pita on the bottom, add chickpeas on top, then add the yogurt.
it forms 3 layers. right before serving in small pan ad butter and pine nuts heat until butter is slightly brown and the pine nuts are a bit toasty, Pour over the top add parsley and serve. Enjoy!
Tips: you may also top with pomegranate kernels for a bit of extra tartness.
Awamat (sweet fried balls)
2 cups. flour
1 small. mashed potato (optional)
1 tsp. dry yeast
1/4 c. water
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 3/4 c. water
Dash of salt
Oil for deep frying
2 cups attar (thick rose water syrup)
mix flour, with dry ingredents, add water,and mashed potato mix the dough will be stycky. bring oil up to 350d f form a ball useing a teaspoon fry untill golden and crip. remove from oil and add to the syrup toss around untill compleatly coated serve on a plate. Enjoy!
Tip: if you want to make a huge batch fry them 1/2 way not golden and do not add to syrup and freeze them remove and fry up untill golden when u need them.
Date cookies (Marouta)
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup butter or gee
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon black seed
4 tablespoon sesame seeds(Optional)
2 1/2 cups mashed dates
1/4 teaspoon each mixed (ground cardamom,Cinnamon,anis, nutmeg) or mamoul spices for date cookies found in Arabic stores.
3 eggs with 1/4 cup milk and 1 teaspoon immitation vanila
In a bowl combine dates ,cardamom,and Cinnamon to form a dough. set aside.
In another bowl mix dry ingredients(flour,black seed,sugar,baking powder)add eggs ,oil and mix well, once Incorporated add milk, and gee kneed until a dough is formed.
to make cookies:
roll out dough then press flat with finger ,roll out date paste like a snake and place in center roll over close edges, brush with egg wash place some sesame seeds on top cut at a angel.or form them into circles or half moons place on cookie sheet bake at 350DF until golden. TIP: you may skip sesame seeds and dust them with powdered sugar.
Edited by Ya Aba 3abdillah, 11 July 2012 - 08:18 AM.