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Asiyath’s Mas-roshi

The filling

  • 1 cup Valhomas (smoked tuna) thinly sliced or use 1 ½ cans tuna
  • ¼ cup fresh/ frozen coconut finely grated
  • ½ cup onion thinly sliced
  • Chilli peppers (scotch bonnet/ habanero) to taste, thinly sliced
  • 1 -2 Dry red chilli toasted on the stovetop (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp ginger freshly grated
  • 1 tbsp lime juice freshly squeeze
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper (optional)
  • 5 curry leaves thinly sliced (optional)

Directions: (Use a food preparation glove if using chilli peppers). Add salt to the onions and squeeze with your hand until translucent. Add tuna and chilli and squeeze until disintegrated in to a fine mix. Add all the other ingredients, squeeze and mix well. Make balls of about 2 centimetres in diameter.

The dough

  • 2 cups flour (whole wheat/all-purpose or a mix of both)
  • ¾ cup fresh/frozen coconut finely grated
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup or a little bit more lukewarm water
    (avoid making the dough sticky)

Directions: Make balls about the same size as the tuna balls. Spread the dough with your fingers, stuff with tuna, close, give it a gentle squeeze and use a rolling pin to gently flatten it out.

Preheat a pan (something you would use to make pancakes) on the stove on medium low heat. Bake the Mas-roshi on one side until golden brown, flip and repeat. Use a paper towel to hold the Mas-roshi on its edge and rotate to slightly bake the sides.

Important: It takes practice to make the perfect Mas-roshi!


Nebal’s Pasta with yogurt sauce (Ma’acarona bel laban) معكرونة باللبن
(For 5 people)

Ingredients:

  • 1 box pasta (elbow, shell, penne or whatever pasta with a groove/hole – in Lebanon they use spaghetti)
  • 500g ground beef
  • 1 bunch chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 medium red or yellow onion – finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp pine nuts
  • Spices for beef: pinch salt, black pepper, cinnamon, mediterranean spice mix (cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, ground coriander seed, black pepper, allspice)

Yogurt sauce:

  • 4 cups yogurt
  • Water – according to desired consistency
  • 2 garlic cloves – crushed
  • Pinch salt

Method:

Pasta: Cook pasta according to directions on box, then drain after it’s cooked and drizzle with olive oil. Set aside to cool

Beef: Stir fry onions in canola oil until golden. Add ground beef and break it into smaller pieces. Add the spices. Fry until beef is browned

Toast pine nuts in a separate pan.

Yogurt: Whisk the yogurt until smooth. Add water to reach a medium consistency (between runny and thick) – Add slowly and whisk between additions. Add crushed garlic and salt and whisk.

Assembly: Pour yogurt over pasta. Layer beef on top of pasta. Sprinkle pine nuts and parsley. Enjoy warm or cold.


Salam’s Namoora/Basbosa

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of melted butter
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 ½ cup of soft semolina (soft?)
  • 3 keshta ( cream product)
  • 3 tablespoons of yogurt
  • 2 small spoons of baking powder
  • Rose water
  • Almonds or any nuts

Sugar syrup:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • Spoon of lemon

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, put them in the oven for 20-25 minutes and add the syrup later when it cools down .

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