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Mushakal/Falafel Sanwich July 24, 2011

Filed under: Middle Eastern Platter — jkomal @ 9:33 pm

While growing up in Kuwait, dad used to bring us Mushakal sandwiches every now and then. Mushakal is a vegetable sandwich that is loaded with falafel, fresh veggies such as lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and fried veggies such as fried aubergine, cauliflower and potatoes. Mushakal means “mixed” in Arabic and it is a common term used for a falafel sandwich in Kuwait. Often pita bread or a burger bun is used to make this sandwich. I just love it and I miss eating it terribly. So the other day I planned to make some.

Falafel Sandwich

For the falafels, you can use this recipe

What you will need for a yummy mushakal sandwich:

  • Fried Aubergines
  • Fried Potatoes
  • Fried Cauliflower
  • Finely chopped cucumbers
  • Finely chopped tomatoes
  • Finely chopped lettuce
  • Tahini Sauce
  • Pita Bread

Method

  • Sprinkle some salt on the fried vegetables.
  • Make pockets out of the pita bread and stuff it with all the cooked and raw vegetables. Add the falafels in it and pour some tahini sauce. I used hummous as the sauce for the sandwich.
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Feta Salad February 26, 2011

Filed under: Middle Eastern Platter — jkomal @ 3:55 pm

Feta salad is very popular and goes well with any middle eastern spread. It is healthy and makes a good filling for sandwiches as well.

Ingredients

1 lettuce

2 ripe tomatoes

1 cucumber

Feta Cheese

Olive oil

Lemon juice (1/2 lemon)

1 tbsp sumac powder

Salt to taste

Method

  • Make a dressing with the lemon juice, olive oil, sumac powder and salt.
  • Chop all the vegetables for the salad including the feta cheese and toss it together in a salad bowl.
  • Pour the dressing on the salad and mix well.
  • Serve cold.
 

Shish Taouk

Filed under: Middle Eastern Platter — jkomal @ 3:50 pm

Shish taouk is a Lebanese grilled chicken dish that is so delicious. The chicken needs to be succulent, juicy and tender and therefore it needs to be grilled carefully. We don’t want to dry out the chicken.

Ingredients

1/2 kg chicken breasts

2 tbsp sumac powder (special middle eastern, ingredient)

1/2 cup yogurt

1 lemon juice

4 cloves of garlic crushed

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tbsp tomato puree

1 tsp cayenne powder

1 tsp black pepper powder

salt to taste

Method

  • Cut the chicken breasts to even sized cubes
  • Prepare a marinade with all the ingredients listed above.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and refrigerate for 2-3 hrs
  • Grill at 180 degree Celsius for about 15-20 minutes. Keep checking in between to see if the chicken is cooked and tender. We don’t want the chicken to get over cooked and dry.
 

Hummous

Filed under: Middle Eastern Platter — jkomal @ 3:26 pm

One of the plus points of living in the middle east is its tasty and scrumptious food. Ever since I came to live in India, I longed to eat the dishes that I grew up eating. Hummous, Mushakal, Shish taouk, the kababs, Shawarmas and the various kinds of salads.

I have tried a number of Lebanese restaurants in Gurgaon and Navi Mumbai but never found the food to meet my expectations. After all I had the best, while living in Kuwait. So I thought, to take things into my own hands and prepare a lovely Lebanese spread for lunch. The menu comprised of hummous, shish taouk and feta salad, served with pita bread. I was very happy with the end result…. Yay!! my hard work paid off. Hubby dear enjoyed it and said the food tasted very much like the food in “Palm Palace” – a lovely Lebanese restaurant in Kuwait.

Please try these recipes for yourself as well and tell me how it came out and if you enjoyed eating it.

For the Hummous,

Ingredients

I1/2 cup of cooked chickpeas

3-4 tbsp of tahini (sesame seed paste)

3 cloves of garlic (chopped)

Some lemon juice (1/2 a lemon)

Extra virgin olive oil

Salt

Method

  • Put all the ingredients in the food processor and blend it well to form a smooth and creamy paste. Use water to blend the mixture.
  • Serve it on a small platter with a drizzle of olive oil.

This dish goes well with pita bread or makes a great spread for sandwiches.

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