Showing posts with label Lebanese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lebanese. Show all posts

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Toum Chicken - Chicken with Garlic Sauce

Lebanese Toum Chicken Recipe

You must be wondering what in the world is Toum, especially if you are not familiar with Lebanese cuisine. Toum in Lebanon means Garlic. Toum or garlic sauce which is served in Lebanese restaraunts with Kebabs. But it is also used as a marinade to cook along with chicken or fish because it is actually more of a paste than a sauce. This Toum goes very well with anything barbecue or roast. But I have tried it in a different way to come up with a finger licking snack which gets ready in not more than 20 minutes, including preperation. Yes, you read it right!

Toum Chicken - Chicken with Garlic Sauce
Toum Chicken - Chicken with Garlic Sauce 
Toum Chicken - Chicken with Garlic Sauce
Toum Chicken - Chicken with Garlic Sauce
Since, they day I started eating Shwarmas and Hummus and Falafels and Pita Breads, I have been so in love with Lebanese cuisine. So, when I was looking at making something unique and new using classic Lebanese method, I came across this and gave my own twist to it.

The chicken came out really tangy due to lemon and with oozing flavors of Garlic. Made in less oil so it was healthy too.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Chicken breast cut into medium size pieces.
  2. 1 medium sized lemon
  3. 7-8 garlic cloves
  4. 2 table spoons Olive oil
  5. Salt to taste

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Healthy Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs or Deviled Eggs Recipe

It is every morning fare at our place, especially in winters. Me and my twin sons eat boiled eggs sans the yolk. They way they don't like the yolk reminds me of my childhood and how even I used to hate the yolk in boiled eggs. Well, it is a good thing as by not eating yolk we are avoiding FAT. But then all white becomes bland.

Deviled Eggs is something that came to my mind and I have seen to so many variations of Deviled Eggs. I actually did not want to create the same thing but wanted to see if I can do something new and make it healthy as well.

So here it is, Deviled Eggs with Hummus 3 Ways. I had made Hummus a day prior and had some leftover. So, That is how I got the idea of this. See, how leftovers can be easily used in a fantastic way.

You may also want to try Egg In A Hole.


Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs with Hummus
Deviled Eggs can be traced back to ancient Rome. Traditionally, they are served cold. Hard boiled eggs are cut into half lengthwise. Yolk is removed and then crumbled and mixed with mayonnaise and mustard or other ingredients and then stuffed back.

But as the name I gave, my Deviled Eggs are healthy and a fusion of European and Lebanese fare. I stuffed them with Hummus in 3 different variations. Not only it makes the the eggs to colorful but also variety of flavor adds the interest and it is super healthy.

Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs with Hummus


Lets see how the recipe goes.

Recipe
Ingredients:

  1. 4 hard boiled eggs.
  2. Hummus. Find the recipe here.
  3. Red Bell Pepper.
  4. Spinach

Now we are using Hummus which already has a lot of flavor so we will not be adding additional salt or any other spice. If you feel the Hummus that you have made has less salt, just sprinkle some salt on top or add more salt in Hummus as with the boiled eggs it might taste bland. Make it as per your taste.

Friday, 13 March 2015

How to Make Perfect Hummus

Hummus or Hummus Recipe


Yesterday, I posted recipe for Pita Bread which came out awesome and is almost eaten in every meal in middle east. And I also talked about Hummus. so I could not really hold myself till Saturday and I called my mom in morning to soak the chickpeas so that I could make this wonderful healthy and delicious middle eastern dish on Thursday night itself.

Hummus with Tahini
Hummus with Tahini
Hummus is a traditional middle eastern dish and is actually eaten as a dip with fresh Pita Bread and is actually a snack. In Arabic, Hummus literally means ChickPeas. Today, what I am sharing is Hummus with TahiniTahini is an integral part of Hummus and cannot be substituted. It is actually white Sesame seeds paste. You can exclude it if you want.

Nutritional Information: (Source: Wikipedia)

Hummus is high in Iron and Vitamin C and also has significant amounts of folate and Vitamin B6. The chickpeas are a good source of protein and dietary fiber; the tahini consists mostly of sesame seeds, which are an excellent source of the amino acid methionine, complementing the proteins in the chickpeas. Depending on the recipe, hummus carries varying amounts of monounsaturated fat. Hummus is useful in vegetarian and vegan diets; like other combinations of grains and pulses, it serves as a complete protein when eaten with bread.




Hummus with Tahini
Hummus with Tahini

There can be more variations for Hummus but today it is the basic traditional Hummus that you will get.

Recipe:
Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups Chikpeas soaked overnight. Well boiled.
  2. Liquid left from boiled chickpeas. Around 1/2 cup.
  3. Crushed Garlic
  4. 1 and 1/2 tablespoon of White Sesame seeds. Soaked in water for few hours. Now, you may even dry roast sesame seeds and add into Hummus if you do not like the raw taste.
  5. Salt to taste.
  6. Lemon Juice.
  7. Coriander for garnishing.
  8. 4 Table spoons Olive Oil

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Pita Bread

Pita Bread or Pita Bread Recipe


Pita Bread is a soft, pocketed bread consumed mainly in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. It resembles naan or even a pizza base but it has pockets. The pale color even reminds me of the wonderful khamiri tandoori roti at Karim's in Jama Masjid in Delhi.

I am a big fan of non-veg food especially cuisines from land of Muslims or Arabs.

Pita Bread
Pita Bread

Pita bread is generally cooked at high temperature. Traditionally, it cooked at very high temperature in big ovens and temperatures can reach 400-500 degrees C which is hard to replicate in your homely oven. The high temperature causes this bread to rise up dramatically and that leaves a nice pocket in it. So, when you remove it from oven, you can cut it in half and use the pockets to fill with stuffing of your liking.

Sometimes, Pita will not puff and not have pockets. It is called "Pocket-less Pita". Then you can eat it with Hummus dip which is another popular dish in middle east.

Find recipe for Hummus here.

Pita Bread
Pita Bread
Making Pita Bread is really simple. Nothing complex as you will see. I have given it my own twist by adding one of my favorite spice. I added a little extra salt so that I could eat it without anything else.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  1. Refined Flour. 1 cup. This is enough for 2 medium size pita breads.
  2. Dry Yeast. 1/4th of pack.
  3. Warm water. Not hot.
  4. Salt as per taste.
  5. 1 teaspoon sugar
  6. Ajwain or Carom Seeds. This is my twist.