Hey girl hey. And boy.
That title was definitely a mouthful but I am back with another Ramadan post for you all. I only have like 64834 more Ramadan posts planned so don’t worry we’ll be back to our regular posts in no time. 😂 Whether you’re Muslim or not, I hope you love food because today’s collab is the whole day’s menu. I’m joining Ayesha from The Mind of Ayesha and Ceres from cLuEless_CerEs to bring you:
Check them out rnrnrnrn!!
In a traditional Arab household, Iftar consists of dates and milk then a break for prayer, then soup, an appetizer, salad and the main meal. I have no idea why Arabs do it this way because when you’re fasting, you get full after the first bite so I don’t get the whole buffet either. 😂 But today I’ll be sharing two salad recipes (one dairy and one without dairy) and two appetizer recipes (one veggie and one meat) so I hope you can try these no matter what your dietary restrictions are! Without further ado, let’s get starteddd.
1. Cucumber & Yogurt Salad
I know it sounds gross but hear me out. 😂 It’s one of the easiest and tastiest dishes to make and tastes really good with bread. This is a staple dish for Middle Easterns and we usually have it next to spicy food or dry food such as the meat appetizer that you will see in a bit. It requires less than 5 ingredients so it’s a perfect last minute option.
what you need:
- carrot (optional)
- onion (optional)
- yogurt (1-3%)
- oregano (optional)
- olive oil
#step 1: dice all your veggies (I typically use cucumber, carrot and an onion) and measure them out according to your serving size
#step 2: pour yogurt so that when you mix it, it is a higher ratio than the veggies
#step 3: add a bit of olive oil and salt to taste, you can also put oregano and some people put in diced garlic
If you try this with greek yogurt, you’ll end up with tzatziki, a Greek dip dish which can be perfect for appetizers.
2. Kubba (football meatballs/croquettes)
This is a very traditional Arab cuisine dish but it’s pretty difficult to make. I took photos of my mom making this but I’ll just wait til I’m 60 before I try to make it lol. 😂 Nonetheless, it tastes really good and can be a dinner recipe on its own because it’s so filling.
what you need:
- ground beef
- kubba dough (we get this storebought from the butcher but click herefor a recipe online)
- nuts (we usually use pine nuts but my mom used walnuts this time – any nut works!)
- herbs (paprika, salt..etc whatever you want to flavour your meat with)
- pomegranate molasses (or any molasses)
step #1: “Heat about 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet or frying pan. Saute the onion until just golden, then add the ground beef. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the meat is fully browned. Add the toasted pine nuts, the spices, and the salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.” – Suzy‘s recipe
step #2: You can do the filling part two ways – by hand or through a machine
My mom uses a machine to make the dough hollow and then she stuffs it by hand, closing off both ends to make a football shape. I just found the machine manual and it’s called Ultragrind Pro by Gourmia (model #GMG7100) It’s a meat grinder that makes sausage and kubba and my mom also uses it for falafel. It’s fairly pricy ($180) but it’s good investment if you make many dishes with meat that require it. HOWEVER, you can also make it by hand which my mom also does sometimes:
Those photos are from Suzy ^
step #3: freeze your balls if you want to fry later (my mom makes a big batch and freezes them for up to 2 weeks) but feel free to fry it instantly after making it
step #4: fry it
Please get someone to help if you’re not comfortable frying because if I was the one frying, I would accidentally burn the house. 100%.
Tada!! This is probably the hardest recipe on this list but I thought I’d share it in case you wanted to try them! Check out Suzy’s recipe to make everything from scratch.
3. Sambosas (veggie)
I always argue with my desi friends about whether it’s samosa or samboosa (the arab way of saying it) but it originated in Central Asia so I always loose the argument. 😂Anyways, samBosas are an ESSENTIAL Ramadan appetizer and they’re super easy to make! We usually make them with spring roll/puff pastry sheets but you can make it from scratch too. You can fill it with meat, veggies, potato or cheese but here we use potato and cheese. And you can fry it but we baked it here.
what you need:
- puff pastry sheets
- mashed potatoes
- mozzarella cheese
- cheddar cheese
- feta cheese
- flour and water (1:1 but make sure it isn’t thick)
- a bit of oil to paint
step #1: make mashed potatoes and mix it with the cheese. This will be your stuffing.
step #2: mix a bit of flour and water for the pastry glue
step #3: separate your pastry sheets
step #4: add a small spoon worth of stuffing into the bottom right corner of the sheet and fold like so
Essentially, you just want to make sure that you’re always a right-angled triangle.
step #5: dip your fingers in the flour and water mixture and close off the triangle like an envelope.
step #6: we made 90 of these so I put 4 batches in the freezer and used one for that day. This is the step where you package and freeze these with containers or large Ziplock’s.
step #7: bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until golden
And you’re done!
4. Tabouleh Salad (dairy-free)
We made this many times but I didn’t make it the day I took photos. I thought I’d share it though because it is 100% vegan and is a little more interesting than your average salad.
what you need:
- parsley (a lot of it)
- olive oil
step #1: cook your bulgur or soak it according to instructions until tender and soft
step #2: dice your parsley into small pieces – make sure you dice lots as this will be your main ingredient
step #3: dice your tomato and onion into very small pieces (they should decorate the parsley, not be as high of a quantity)
step #4: add your veggies and bulgur to the parsley
step #5: dress with olive oil, lemons (taste until a bit sour) and salt
Anddd that’s all for today.
Which recipe was your favourite?
What’s your favourite type of cuisine?
Don’t forget to check out Ayesha and Cere’s posts and I’ll see you soon.