Authentic Recipes from the Kitchens of Shriya, Nithu & Arthi!

Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Middle Eastern, Multi Cuisine, Snacks, Sandwiches | 7 comments

Hummus is one of my favorite spread or dip, be it the plain hummus or the  flavored ones. Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus is my favorite sandwich spread. I am a huge fan of Panera’s Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich and they use this spread for their sandwich.  Apart from using it as a spread you can also serve it as a dip with freshly cut vegetables, pita bread and chips. Enjoy the simple and healthy Hummus dip. Ingredients: One 15 oz can of chickpeas (or 1 cup of dried chickpeas) Jalapeno peppers – 2 Cilantro – 3/4 cup Garlic – 2 cloves Olive oil – 1/4 cup Tahini sauce – 3 tbsp (recipe follows) Lime juice – 2 tbsp Salt to taste Method of Preparation: Drain and rinse chickpeas from the can. Add all the ingredients except olive oil and lime juice in...

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Chicken Shawarma

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Middle Eastern, Multi Cuisine | 6 comments

Middle Eastern food is one of my favorite cuisine of all time. Shawarma is one of the staple dishes you will find in any Middle Eastern restaurant. Every time I’ve had one I would wonder how hard it would be to make this at home. Since we are grilling regularly this summer I figured I’ll try making chicken shawarma with some grilled chicken. Shawarma can be served as a wrap in pita bread or with just chicken over rice. Few Lines about Shawarma from wikipedia: Shawarma is a Levantine Arab meat preparation, where lamb, goat, chicken, turkey, beef, or mixed meats are placed on a spit (commonly a vertical spit in restaurants), and may be grilled for as long as a day. Shavings are cut off the block of meat for serving, and the remainder of the block of...

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Hummus Recipe (Simple Chickpeas Dip)

Posted by on Jan 14, 2012 in Middle Eastern, Multi Cuisine | 2 comments

Hummus is a popular Middle Eastern dip generally served along with Pita Bread. It is a simple and delicious appetizer made with cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans), Tahini paste (sesame paste), garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt. It can also be served with Falafel, flat bread, tortilla chips, fresh or partially steamed veggies, etc. You can always alter the recipe according to your taste. Say you can add more lemon juice or garlic if you like it tangy or garlicky. You can also make it more exciting by adding Jalapenos or olives or sun dried tomatoes, etc. I have added pickled jalapenos to my hummus since I like it spicy. Try this recipe at home and let me know your comments. Preparation time: 20 minutes Yield: 2 1/2 to 3 cups Ingredients: Boiled chickpeas – 2 cups (or one...

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Baklawa – The Sweetheart Middle Eastern Dessert

Posted by on Oct 16, 2008 in Desserts, Featured, Middle Eastern, Best of ST | 27 comments

Baklawa is a signature middle-eastern dessert and is a favorite favorie favorite sweet of mine. I used to pester my hubby often to get this from a middle-eastern restaurant in town. It is even our make-up dessert after our little fights. That’s how much I like it. Even though I have tried my hand at baking a little, Baklawa seemed very intimidating to make it in my kitchen. And just the other day, I was talking to an old time school friend of mine, Subash. He is now a chef and when we started talking about food, he mentioned he had a simple to make yet an authentic recipe for Baklawa from a Labanese chef. He was kind enough to share it with me and a huge THANKS to you, Subash. Ingredients: Phillo pastry : 1 pack Sugar :...

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