Khaliyyat Al-Nahl

My family absolutely adores this golden bread filled with cheese and covered with sugar syrup. This is bread that you will find served in many Saudi and other Arab homes. These superb rolls have a slight sweet taste and are filled with cream cheese; we use Kiri then topped with sugar syrup or honey. You can even sprinkle black sesame seeds on the bread before baking for another great flavor.

1 cup + 2/3 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
1 egg
1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon yeast
dash of… Continue reading

Chicken Kofta

Chicken kofta is one of my favorite meals and it’s pretty easy to make which helps a lot. To save time I use my pre-mixed Arabic spice mix and chop up everything in a small food processor. I always serve this dish with white rice and tomatoes that I roast under the broiler until lightly charred.

4-5 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 onion
2 eggs
1/2 cup ground bread crumbs
1 teaspoon ground Arabic spice mix
2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Sunflower oil

1. In a 4-quart saucepan on high… Continue reading


She’reya is a very old fashioned traditional dish found in Saudi and other surrounding Middle Eastern countries. Basically this easy dish is simply boiled pasta with sugar and definitely not anything fancy or hard to make. My mother in law told me the story behind this special dish and why she continues to always make it on the days that her family fast so that they will have it to break the fast. When her grandmother was a small girl her family was extremely poor. So poor that most days they did not have food to eat and the days… Continue reading

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