Traditional

July 10, 2018
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Ingredients: 

1 kilogram frozen peas 

2 carrots, cut into small cubes

500 grams beef cubes (preferably a  tender cut) , boiled, broth reserved

A pinch of cinnamon, black pepper and salt

3 whole tomatoes, puréed  

2 TBS tomato paste 

A cinnamon stick and 2 bay leaves 

7 garlic cloves, minced 

A handful of coriander, finely chopped

Preparation: 

Heat a pot 

Add a little oil, coriander and garlic  and stir for 30 seconds

Add the peas and carrots, and cook a little

Add the boiled beef cube and combine well

Add the tomato puree and tomato paste and leave until they’re hot  

Cover the contents of the pot with hot water or beef broth

Add the cinnamon stick and bay leaves and simmer on low heat until beef is tender 

Serve with vermicelli rice 

Note that if ur using fresh peas use the same way but it will take longer time for them to cook. You can also half boil the fresh peas and then proceed as the above recipe says.


July 10, 2018
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Ingredients:

450 grams freekeh , cleaned well from any visible wastes, rinsed, drained, and soaked for 1 hour

1/2 kilograms beef cubes (or chicken breasts), boiled, broth preserved

1 big onion, finely chopped

1/2 tsp Black pepper

1/2 tsp white pepper

a pinch of cinnamon and allspice (بهار حلو)

some salt (keep in mind the broth has salt)

Preparation:

Drain the freekeh

Saute the onion until yellowish, add frekeh and stir

Add the spices

Cover the freekeh with chicken broth (water should be around 3-4 above the freekeh)

When the broth boils, turn heat to low and simmer until the freekeh is cooked and most of the water is gone

(you control the consistency you want, if you want it soup  like add more water while cooking)

When the freekeh is cooked, top it with the boiled beef/chicken breasts and garnish with roasted nuts


July 10, 2018
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Ingredients:

2 whole tomatoes, processed with 1 TBS tomato paste

1.5-2 cups kammouneh (recipe follows)

Preparation:

Combine the tomato puree with the kamoune

Spread in serving plate

drizzle with olive oil

serve with bread and a mix of fresh vegetables

*Don’t prepare a long time before serving because the bulgur will get soggy*

Kammouneh

**a special bulgur with some herbs, vegetables and spice mix – specialty of south lebanon**

Ingredients:

1 kg fine wheat bulgur

A handful of parsely

One medium onion

Some basil leaves

A few marjoram leaves (مردكوش)

A handful of mint leaves

Hot pepper (optional)

Dried edible roses

1/2  a green/red pepper- or both ( فليفلة خضراء او حمراء)

2 tsp Kibbe spices

1 tsp Black pepper, a pinch of cumin and salt

Preparation:

Process all the above in the food processor (without bulgur) then add the bulgur pulse a few times until well incorporated

Use immediately or  allow to dry on a wide plate for a few hours and freeze

 

 


July 10, 2018
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Ingredients: 

1 kilogram green beans, edges removed, diced into 3 cm pieces, washed and drained 

1/2 kilogram tomatoes, finely chopped 

2-3 onions finely chopped 

3-4 garlic cloves, finely minced 

1 TBS tomato paste  

1 cup water (or less if tomatoes are too juicy)

Salt and black pepper to taste

2 TBS olive oil 

Preparation: 

Heat  a wide pot, add olive oil and onions and stir a little, leave until onions are partially translucent 

Add the garlic, green beans, salt and pepper

Stir occasionally while cooking on medium/low heat until the the color of the green beans changes to pale (until they’re yellowish/green) 

Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir, leave for around 10 mn 

Add water and let simmer until beans are well cooked

Serve with bread and a side dish of vegetables


July 10, 2018
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Ingredients:

3 big onions, finely chopped (preferably in a food processor if not its fine but they have to be very fine)
2 cups small lentils عدس احمر
1.5 cups coarse whole wheat bulgur (برغل اسمر خشن)
Salt, black pepper and cumin to taste
1/3 cup good quality olive oil

Preparation:

Heat a wide pan, when its hot add the olive oil and onions and salt , cover and stir frequently
Leave till 1/2 of the onions blacken (half burned literally coz thats what give the Mjadara its brown color)
Add the washed, drained lentils and stir to combine with onions
Add cumin and black pepper
Add water 3 cm above the lentils
When the water boils, decrease the heat, cover and simmer till the lentils are well cooked
Wash and drain the bulgur
Add to the pan, stir, cover for 10-15 mn till the bulgur softens!
Serve with salad/yogurt/a mix of fresh vegetables, olives and makdous


July 10, 2018
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Ingredients: 

1 bunch sele2 (swiss chards) leaves chopped, washed and dranied
500 grams freekeh, well cleaned
250 grams cherry tomato
200 grams fresh mushrooms
4-5 cups broth of your choice
Salt, black pepper, allspice, olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped

Preparation:

Soak the freekeh in water for at least 1 hour
Start by roasting the tomato  in the oven with some salt, olive oil and black pepper until they are tender. Set aside

Sauté the swiss chards in some olive oil, salt and black pepper until they are tender. DO NOT OVER COOK. Drain from the water released from cooking. Set aside.

Cut the mushrooms in quarters. Boil them in 1/2 cup of broth until the water evaporates. Add some olive oil and brown them well. Set aside
Drain the freekeh from water.

Cook onions in some olive oil until translucent.

Add freekeh, black pepper and allspice.

Cover freekeh with water (you can use 1 cup broth/water for every cup of freekeh).

Let the broth boil then simmer on low heat. Just before the freekeh cooks completely and the water is no longer there, add the swiss chards and mix well

continue cooking for around 5 minutes.

Serve topped with browned mushrooms with roasted tomatoes aside!


July 9, 2018
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Soak 1 kilogram of wheat for 1 day and change their water every 3-4 hours 

Drain water and boil wheat for 2-3 hours on low heat (you will need around 7 liters of water for boiling) 

Aside, boil 1 kg of chicken breasts and reserve their broth 

After the wheat is cooked and soft, start adding the chicken broth gradually 1 cup at a time and stir frequently for 1.5 to 2 hours until the wheat buds has partially melted 

Shred the chicken and add them to the wheat in the last 30 minutes of cooking

Melt 150 grams butter in a pan and add it to the hreeseh just before turning off the the heat 

Add salt and white pepper to taste 

Serve hot

*Notes:

Some people like it served with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or Lebanese 7 spices, I personally like it with freshly ground black pepper

You can replace the chicken with beef or use both together


July 9, 2018
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Ingredients:

1 Kg beans, boiled, drained and washed well
1 cup finely chopped coriander
4-5 garlic cloves, crushed
3 big tomatos, pureed
1-2 TBS tomato paste
400 grams (or more) boiled beef cubes
Beef broth reserved from boiling the beef (i use an onion with cloves pinned into it, salt, black pepper, 2-3 whole cardamoms, 2-3 bay leaves, and 1 cinnamon stick as flavor enhancers in boiling the beef)

Preparation:

Hear a pan
Add 1 TBS vegetable oil
Saute coriander and garlic for 30 sec
Add all other ingredients except broth to the coriander and cook for 5-7 mn on medium heat
Add broth and let simmer for around 30 mn until the sauce thickens
Serve next to vermicelli rice


July 9, 2018
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Ingredients: 

900 grams frozen spinach 

2 onions, finely chopped

3 TBS pine nuts 

3 garlic cloves, minced 

A handful of chopped coriander 

500 grams minced beef

salt and black pepper to taste

Juice of 2 lemons 

Preparation: 

Heat a pot

Add oil, onions and pine nuts

Cook until onions wilt and pine nuts are lightly toasted

Add coriander and garlic and give them a stir

Add beef, salt and black pepper 

Stir and let beef cook well 

Add spinach and combine well

Cook for 10-15 mn until spinach is tender

If you find that the stew lacks water add hot water 1/2 cup at a time until you reah the desired consistency 

Add lemon juice 

Serve with vermicelli rice


July 9, 2018
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Ingredients:

1 kilogram boneless skinless chicken breasts, boiled, broth reserved 

2 cups basmati rice 

200 grams lean minced beef 

Salt, black pepper, Lebanese 7 spices, allspice, cinnamon

Roasted nuts for garnish

Preparation 

Heat a pot, add a little oil and cook the minced beef with salt and the spices 

Add the rice and combine well with the meat

Add 4 cups of chicken broth

When water boils, turn heat to low and simmer covered until the rice is cooked 

Top with the boiled chicken and roasted nuts

Serve hot with yogurt and a salad!


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