Qursan

qursan

Qursan is a popular Saudi dish of meat and vegetables and of course Qursan bread. Qursan bread is a flat rectangle shaped bread sold in the Middle East. If it is not available where you’re at then go ahead and substitute pita. I forgot to take a picture and when I was able to the above one was the best I could do as you see its mostly just the sauce and bread. A lot of the restaurants here serve this as a side to most dishes but without the meat. In the end the bread will soak a lot of the juice but you want to serve the dish with some juices left so you may need to add some water while cooking.

Qursan bread
1 white onion, chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 dried lime
1 kg lamb, chopped into small cubes
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon coriander
salt and pepper to taste
1 meat boullion cube
4 zucchinis, peeled and sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons sunflower oil

1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. In a saute pan on medium heat add oil. Add half of the onion and allow to cook until gold. Add the meat, tomato paste, salt, pepper, dried lime, cumin, coriander and cardamom. Add water (enough to cover), bring to a full boil and cook until meat is thoroughly done.

2. Add the zucchini and tomatoes cooking until tender. Add water and bouillon cube if needed there should be some liquid in the pan.

3. In a small saute pan add 1 tablespoon of oil and the other half of the onion. Cook until golden. In a casserole dish add a layer of Qursan, then meat, vegetables and onion mixture. Repeat and place in oven for 15 minutes.

Yields: 6 servings

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