Kibbeh Bil Kishik, an authentic traditional Lebanese dish.
From the name, you might think it’s a hard and sophisticated recipe; on the contrary, this recipe is extremely easy. Always have some kibbeh balls prepared before hand in your freezer and the rest will be done in just 10 minutes.
You can find kishik in pantry shops or order it from some villages. The one I used for this recipe, I ordered it from a relative living in a village called “Qartaba”- Jbeil district.
- - 1 cup kishik
- - 5 or 6 cups water
- - 10 kibbeh balls (prepared before hand for the freezer)
- - 1 onion, chopped
- - 10 garlic cloves, chopped
- - 4 to 5 cabbage leaves, chopped
- - 1 tablespoon olive oil
- - salt to taste
- 1. Boil the kibbeh balls in water with some salt (half cooked).
- 2. Saute the onions, garlic and cabbage with olive oil.
- 3. Add the kishik powder and stir until the kishik color gets a bit golden.
- 4. Add the water and salt. Boil until the kishik thickens, around 30 minutes.
- The kishik sauce thickness depends on taste. If you love it thick, boil it further, if not then 30 minutes will do. I usually don't like it too thick (more of soup like).
This is the best Sfouf recipe ever!
I’ve been trying to get the perfect sfouf for some time now, almost all the recipes I tried came out not so good. Some recipes use all-purpose flour alone, some use semolina, others use a mix of both. With butter rather than oil, with milk and many other combinations.
So here’s my own combination that came out to be a recipe truly to die for.
Try it out and let me know your feedback.
- o 2 – 3 cups boiling water
- o 2 tablespoons aniseed
- o 2 cups Ferkha flour (some call it very fine semolina)
- o 2 cups all-purpose flour
- o 2 tablespoons turmeric powder
- o 2 tablespoons baking powder
- o 1 1/4 cups sugar
- o 1 cup vegetable oil
- o 2 tablespoons Tahina (for the pan) or baking paper
- o Sesame Seeds for the decoration
- 1. Add the aniseeds to the water and boil for 5 minutes. Keep aside for another five minutes then strain.
- 2. Preheat oven to 180ºC.
- 3. Mix the ferkha flour, all-purpose flour, turmeric powder, sugar and baking powder.
- 4. Add oil and anis water to the dry ingredients, then mix well. Add more water if needed. The batter should not be too thick. Rather sticky and soft.
- 5. Cover the bottom and sides of your pan with tahina, so the batter won’t stick on it; or use baking paper.
- 6. Decorate with sesame seeds.
- 7. Bake for 30 - 40 min (depending on your oven), or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- 8. Cool.
- 9. Cut into square. You’ll get fluffy and mouthwatering sfouf.
- Store in an airtight container, or else the sfouf will dry out.
A guest post, written by Christian Manasci. Christian is a Lebanese blogger with various interests ranging from social media to food and music.”
Hummus is a very popular food in Lebanon/ Middle East that is well known for its nutritional benefits. It was traditionally consumed solely in the region (it is a great example of traditional Lebanese food) but has recently been in demand throughout the globe.
It is made using chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), Tahini (a paste made from ground sesame seeds), lemon juice and oil. It is usually eaten with pita bread or other types of flat bread and is known to be an inexpensive food that is easy to eat on the go.
According to certain sources, Hummus first originated in Ancient Egypt where locals would regularly consume chickpeas. The latter was a common food in ancient Rome as well as Mesopotamia and ancient Palestine.
In terms of nutritional values, Hummus is rich in vitamin C, B6, thiamine and folate. It is quite popular amongst vegetarians. Indeed, chickpeas are high-protein vegetables that contain no cholesterol or saturated fats. Also, the sesame seeds in Tahini contain proteins, calcium and are known to stabilize the blood.
As strange as it may sound, some studies have shown that Hummus can be an effective treatment against anxiety and depression. So, if you needed any more incentives for consuming this dish, that last point should be quite convincing!
Check out this great Hummus recipe for an authentic taste of Lebanese/ Middle Eastern food. It’s quite easy to make: just serve it in a plate, top the dish with some olive oil and enjoy!