As part of the Zaar World Tour I’ve been in search of international recipes that look and appeal to me. This recipe is from Madhur Jaffrey’s International Vegetarian. Though this dish is Syrian variations are common through out the Mediterranean. For a quick dish, you can substitute the dried peas and soaking with 3 1/2 cups of canned of black-eyed peas. If you go that route, try rinsing the beans and using a cup of vegetable broth in lieu of the cooking liquid. Don’t let the cooking time scare you off, it’s soaking and simmer time that leaves you free to tend to other things. Consider greens and rice as an accompaniment to this dish.
This is my quick version of a recipe from International Vegetarian. Bissara is a Moroccan dip that is similar in its presentation (but not taste) to the more common hummus. Enjoy this with pita bread (fresh or toasted) or cut up vegetables. Traditionally, this is served with a generous drizzle of olive oil on top of the prepared spread both for flavor and to act as a preservative. Though I never do, you are free to so.
A tagine is a Moroccan clay pot used for long slow cooking or braising of succulent stews most often served with couscous. This is an Americanized version of a typical dish that one can easily prepare at home. I love the sweet and spicy contrast found in many dishes from this region and often add a bit of harissa.
A frequent snack for me includes a healthy dip and some raw veggies. Since I also enjoy the combination of orange with savory spices or peppers, this dish from Cooking Light really appealed to me. Another untried recipe posted for the Zaar World Tour.
This is typical of lenten dishes from Lebanon. Rich in fiber and nutrients, it makes for a wonderful one dish meal or a substantial side dish. The original comes from a 1997 issue of Eating Well magazine but has been modified to suit my tastes. If you replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth, this is a vegan dish as well.
Found this recipe while looking for an Iraqi chicken and potatoes dish requested in the NA/ME forum. (From chicken to cookies, yes my mind wanders.) Saw this and thought it would be a great addition to 'Zaar for all my cardamom loving friends. The original recipe is from "The World of Jewish Cooking." Posting for some future ZWT.
This is an adopted recipe that I selected because it so closely matches my tastes. I do not intend to alter the recipe as it has so many favorable reviews. Once I prepare it, I may annotate the directions based on my experience.
A modern remake of the classic Middle Eastern Tabbouleh. This would be terrific as a side with grilled meat or vegetables in the summer or a roast in the cooler seasons. A quick substitution of vegetable stock makes this dish vegetarian. Note the cooking time includes 3 hours for chilling the bulghar. (109 cal, 0g fat, 5g fiber) For diabetics, one portion is 1 starch; .5 other carb or 1.5 carb choices.