Not long ago , one sister asked me regarding the spices we use in Arabic kitchen. I thought in posting some of the spices ( out of hundreds ) along with the pictures for recognizing them easily when u go to supermarket and wanna have some.
The one i love so much called "CARDAMOM" used in arabic coffee, sweets and biryani rice.
Maggie , i think everyone knows it :)
We use a lot the spice named " BHARAT " - means allspice mixed and can be done at home as well. Is it a mixture of spices which varies from region to region.
Another one is the " CLOVES "
"YANSOON" my fabulous spice , i use it a lot coz i like the flavor . Usually is it used to calm down a pain stomach making a tea with it , but i add this to some of my dishes as well ( it gives a special taste )
"REIHAN" - BASIL is it used fresh or dry to salads
"KHUZBARA" -"CORIANDER" used in salad and main courses.Very healthy !
"KAMOON" - i love it i use it in tea's , sweets , rice and some dishes.
"SAFFRON" - a blessed ingredient the most expansive , used with rice for flavor and color, for preparation the fish and chicken and not at last used in some sweets.
My self, I enjoy the taste of "saffron " tea !
" KURKUM " or " TURMERIC " in english
The black pepper, cinnamon, garlic, mint , nutmeg , parsley , red pepper , sesame seeds , rose water , masticha , ginger, bay leaves, pistachio, nuts, dates, za'attar, maramyieh, mardakoosh, rashad, are also some of the ingredients which are used in arabic kitchen.
Now i wanna show u a quick recipe i did it last days while i was feeling so sick .
My food for the last 1 week and a half must be only smashed , i'm not allowed and i can't eat the regular food, so u need a lot of imagination to survive with this kind of food and in the same time to be healthy and delicious.
Here's my personalized recipe:
I took 1 chicken breast , i boiled it, and then i put it in blender along with :
- 3 spoons of sour cream
- 3 spoons of tahina
- little turmeric
- little anise
- 1 pc.garlic
- little cinnamon
- salt to taste
- and very litlle water.
All those mix well into blender until u will get a creamy sauce.
It was really delicious . This must be a great ideea to feed the small babies as well :)
And this is how it looks like