My friend Sophia was kind enough to give me this recipe. She is Yemeni of course and knows how much I have been wanting to make some traditional Yemeni foods. Salata is as traditional as it gets especially being Yemen’s most famous dish. Yemenis usually cook the salta in an iron stew pot (that can resist high temperatures inside and outside of an oven) and then place the hulba on top. They then place the pot covered in the layer of hulba inside the oven to get really hot. You can do that but I opted this way so everyone can choose how much hulba they get on their own.

1 pound ground lamb or beef
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 large onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 large potato, finely diced
2 tomatoes, diced
salt and pepper to taste
5 cups beef broth
2 green chili’s, tops removed and slit lengthwise
1 tablespoon hawaij spice blend
2 eggs, beat
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 recipe of hulba
1 recipe of Yemeni chutney

1.In a 9-inch skillet on medium-high heat add meat, cook until no longer pink. Drain grease and place into a 4-quart saucepan. In the same skillet on medium heat add oil, onion, garlic, chili’s and hawaij. Cook until onions are tender. Add mixture into 4-quart pan.

2.In 4-quart pan add beef broth, potatoes, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a full boil, cover and reduce to low. Simmer for one hour. Add eggs, stirring until blended and cilantro, stir.

3.Place some hulba on top of salta and chutney atop the hulba.

Yields: 12 servings


4 Comments on Salta

  1. Taste of Beirut
    02/04/2010 at 1:59 pm (1111 days ago)

    I am fascinated with all of these Saudi traditional dishes; I had no idea they had such complexity of flavors ! I can’t wait now to make the Saudi challenge this month! Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Halimah
    02/14/2010 at 6:27 am (1101 days ago)

    You may want to rethink “shitney” as CHUTNEY or you can only fully expect this page to fill up with neanderthal commentary from english speakers…

  3. Noor
    02/14/2010 at 8:59 am (1101 days ago)

    Halimah this is in fact pronounced just as it it spelled. Chutney is not an Arabic dish but an Indian dish and this is not that. Shitney is a Yemeni dip. This is Northern Yemeni, others have different names for it. And I have yet to have any rude people leave a comment in over two years :) alhumdullah…

  4. meeso
    02/21/2010 at 5:21 pm (1093 days ago)

    That sounds really good, wish I could taste it!


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