Saudi

Homemade Yogurt

While fresh plain yogurt is widely available in the Middle East it may not be as easy to obtain in the Western countries so I thought I would show you all a simple recipe for making it at home. I have made this several times and it worked out flawlessly each time. There is something special in making something yourself, isn’t there? As I told you all before yogurt is a pretty popular staple here in Saudi. We eat it with every meal practically and I personally adore in plain with a bit of honey drizzled on top for suhoor… Continue reading

Pistachio Filled Dates

 

In Saudi some typical ingredients for filling and covering dates would be coconut, chocolate, sesame seeds and nuts. I made this mixture with pistachios and orange blossom water. We prefer to have light desserts during Ramadan since everyone is full from iftar and not in the mood for a heavy dessert. This plumb filled date is perfect Arabic coffee or habek tea.

20 dates, pitted (I used sukary)
1/4 cup pistachios
1 teaspoon orange blossom water
1. In a small food processor add nuts and orange blossom water, grind until a paste has formed.
2. Carefully open… Continue reading

Algerian Maakoud

These golden little rounds taste perfect hot or at room temperature and make an impeccable snack or side dish. I made a batch of these for a late night snack and it was just right. I tried making a batch beforehand by only forming a patty and coating in flour and it fell apart then I followed the directions and added them into the balls and then formed the patty coating again and they were perfect. So make sure to follow the directions exactly.

4 medium sized potatoes, boiled and mashed
1 small white onion, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped… Continue reading

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