June 15th celebrates Eid-Al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan fasting for devout Muslims. For two days, they serve a veritable feast of savory and sweet dishes. Discover the delightful tastes and aromas of Islamic cuisine with roast kabobs, or a filling dish of Iranian rice and fava beans. Try the Bombay Channa Chaat, and the sweet Egyptian Eid cookies!
Chickpeas are a staple in Middle Eastern & Indian cooking. This Bombay-style Channa Chaat is a flavorful mixture of mashed chickpeas, potatoes, and aromatic masala seasonings. Add this to a thickened mixture of ground tamarind and freshly-toasted spices. Top it with tomatoes, green chilis, mint, and more masala spice mixture.
Kebabs are a traditional grilled meat dish in many Middle Eastern countries. This recipe was named for a city in Turkey. It features ground lamb and veal that has marinated overnight with diced onion, diced bell pepper, garlic, sumac, and savory spices. Shape the meat mixture into kebabs and grill them golden brown. Serve on warm pita bread with a refreshing yogurt sauce.
When fava beans are in season, Iranian cooks enjoy making this simple, but tasty rice dish. This recipe includes fragrant basmati and tender fava beans. The dish is pleasantly seasoned with turmeric, refreshing dill, and a hint of precious saffron. As it cooks, the rice on the bottom of the pan gets the coveted crispy crust.
When you taste these scrumptious cookies, they may become a family favorite! They are a Eid traditional sweet in Egypt. The cookies have a buttery crust that that is sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. They are filled with a luscious center of butter, honey, sesame seeds, and walnuts. Dust the warm cookies with powdered sugar, and watch them disappear.
About Chef Robert
My food philosophy is simple; food should be a feast of all five senses. Meals should be based on simple, tasty and smart recipes that are easy to follow. Instead of serving processed junk, I prefer to use fresh & seasonal ingredients. I gravitate towards all cuisines that are BIG on flavor. By cooking at home, we can all eat healthier and save money.