I love the description of middle eastern cuisine - "middle eastern cuisine is rich in healthy recipes that focus on fruits, vegetables, spices and making the best out of seasonal and fresh ingredients." Sounds perfect to me! Sawsan calls herself a 'food explorer' so her blog also contains recipes from around the world, many of them from her participation in SRC as well as a couple other recipe groups, but I really wanted to try one of her authentic middle eastern recipes.
Here are some that caught my eye:
- Middle Eastern garlic sauce “Toum” - a friend of mine shared her garlic sauce recipe a while back, but I really like the looks of this one because it doesn't have so much oil. It looks simple and delicious.
- Chicken with Eggplant and Chickpeas - A blend of a Moroccan and Turkish dish that sounds absolutely amazing.
- Arabic lentil soup “Shorbat adas” - almost the official Ramadan soup in many homes
- And then I saw these Chocolate Sourdough Brownies - truth be told, I want to check out every single one of Sawsan's sourdough recipes!
We liked it so much I had to make it twice! My husband says that this recipe needs to go into the regular rotation. Not that I have an actual rotation, but there are certain recipes that I tend to make on a fairly regular basis. And this will definitely be one of those.
Right before you're ready to cook the chicken, start the rice. I used only half the onion, pepper, and tomato that the original recipe called for - because that's what I had. You can use more if you like.
This rice is amazingly good all by itself. It might even be good enough to eat cold. With your fingers. Just saying. Even better is when you pile some of this chicken on top and plop some Middle Eastern garlic sauce “Toum” on top. Yes, I had to make some of that, too. So good!
We had a few leftovers the second time I made this, so I heated the rice and chicken together, and then we had it wrapped up in tortillas. Pita probably would have been more appropriate, but I didn't have any. The tortillas were pretty good, though!