12. September 2016 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

Basbousa is a dessert that is not only popular in many Middle Eastern countries, but also in Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Greece. Basbousa is a sweet semolina cake that is soaked in sugar syrup. It may sound like a sweet treat but, trust me, it isn’t. Its just sweet enough to please your taste […]

09. August 2016 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

I’ve tried Greek dips before and they are delicious. One of the signature dips of Greek cuisine is the Tzatziki Sauce. Considering that Mediterranean food is mildly spiced, dips complete the taste. Ingredients: 2 slices bread 3/4 cup walnuts 5 cloves garlic 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup olive oil Method: Remove the sides […]

09. August 2016 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

Ingredients: 10 medium-sized red potatoes 1/4 cup olive oil Juice of 2 lemons 1 tbsp oregano Salt to season Method: Preheat oven to 400 F Wash and quarter the red potatoes in similar sizes. Pour the olive oil, sprinkle the lemon juice, and oregano. Give it a toss to mix. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn […]

11. July 2014 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

Ingredients: 425 grams chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon 1/4 cup tahini Half of a large garlic clove, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, according to taste 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 2 to 3 tablespoons water Dash of ground paprika for serving […]

17. June 2014 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

Kabuli Pulao is Afghanistan’s national dish, which I think is a perfect answer to Mughlai Biryani. In Afghan culture, Kabuli Pulao is a delicious ‘must-be-served’ food. Afghan cuisine isn’t as richly spiced as Mughlai cuisine in Indian sub-continent, but is tastefully balanced. The main spices used to flavour the Kabuli pulao are garam masala and […]

08. February 2014 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

Katayef or Atayef are stuffed pancakes originating from the Middle East and Mediterranean regions. Katayef is a famous dessert with a rich filling of cream or custard with nut and is traditionally served in Ramadan. Katayef is similar to the usual pancakes, except that it is cooked only on one side and uses yeast. The […]

28. December 2013 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

Tzatziki sauce is a Greek sauce served with grilled meats or it is served as mezze beside other mezzes and meals. Tzatziki is made of strained yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, and sometimes lemon juice, and dill or mint or parsley.[4] Tzatziki is always served cold. Tzatziki sauce is one of the main ingredients in gyros – a Greek sandwich where meat, onion, tomatoes […]

25. October 2013 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

One of the dishes that is on “I love” menu of non-vegetarians is grilled chicken. After chicken tandoori, and BBQ chicken, here is the Arabic and Lebanese grilled chicken – straight from the Middle East. Ingredients: 4 pieces of chicken (breast or leg quarters with skin) 1/2 cup of lemon juice 1 cup of red […]

18. January 2013 · By Nadia Asif · Comments Off on Moroccan Chicken Tagine

When we hear Morocco, the first thing that comes to our minds is olive and couscous. Moroccan recipes use spices that are also used in many Indian recipes – cinnamon, cumin, paprika, turmeric, and ginger. Some of the famous Moroccan dishes are tagine, tanjia, and harira. I’ve uploaded the harira recipe on Cukzy earlier. Here […]

16. January 2013 · By Nadia Asif · Comments Off on Shish Tawook / Skewered Kebabs

Shish Tawook or Shish Taouk is a popular dish of Turkish and Arabic cuisine. Over time, Shish Tawook has gained popularity in other regions like India and Pakistan. As is in most grill and barbecue recipes, marination is important to make shish taouk. Ingredients: 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 800 g/ 1.75 lbs) 1/4 […]