Cooking up an international lunch
It was a Saturday and I decided to cook up an international lunch. I have gone to many buffets and even an international buffet at the deira creek cruise which was a surprise gift from my husband on my first birthday after our wedding. I have never had an international lunch cooked at home. As usual I tried to be a bit creative and cook up something with the inspiration of Lebanese, Pakistani, indian, Thai and Arabian cuisine.
The Arabian cuisine, a mix of zataar
As I’ve always mentioned in my previous posts zataar has become my favourite spice to cook with and I enjoy experiments with zataar.
As a result I tried adding a few pinches of zataar to my chicken kebab.
I was inspired by masterchef Australia season 3 recipe for chicken kebabs and I finally mastered the art of kebab making.
I now try adding my favourite spices and ingredients to give the kebab a personal touch. Which is why I tried adding zataar to the chicken kebabs. I somehow fed my family zataar without even addressing the spices addition which they really liked eating and was amazed at how good my cooking skills have become since I got married especially my second sister.
The chicken and mutton kebabs
Thai cuisine-my very own tom yum soup
I have tried a few versions of tom yum soup and have a good knowledge of how it tastes and what spices are added. The tom yum soups I’ve tasted are overpowered with herbs such as pandan leaves and lemon grass. It also contains the sour taste from the tomato. So I decided to create my own version by adding a few spice I have tasted in the tom yum soup without even checking a recipe online.
Here is my recipe –
2 inch pandan leaf (chopped)
1 onion chopped and tempered
1 12 cm piece lemon grass
1 medium size ripe tomato
A few chicken bones
1 tablespoon thick coconut milk
A few pinches of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chillie powder
1/2 teaspoon chillie flakes
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
A few pinches of pepper powder
1 teaspoon oil
Salt to taste
5 curry leaves
A few pinches of cumin powder
Water as required
I added all the ingredients except the coconut milk and lime juice and boiled till the chicken bones were done.
Finally I added a bit of thick coconut milk and cook for a minute.
Later I seasoned the soup with lemon juice and took off heat.
I gotta compare it with a traditional tom yum soup to see if its same or I’ve got to find the difference.
It’s a common dish when you buy buriyani at any indian or Pakistani restaurant and the difference w
Is either it would be light or thick yet taste the same with the same ingredients used.
I made my raita with 2 tablespoons of curd mixed with an onion and 3 green chillies blended together in a blender to a fine thick paste. Later I added some salt and lime juice. Mixing all these together and garnishing with a pinch of pepper powder made the raita spicy and delicious.
Lebanese rice without roasted pine nuts garnish
The Lebanese rice was done following instructions on a website yet without the pine nuts. I have fallen in love with Lebanese food ever since my neighbour in Dubai sent a bowl of Lebanese soup with a flat bread. It was so delicious and perfectly balanced with all spices and salt. I am still in a hunt to learn Lebanese and am trying out different recipes as a result. Should I detail my rice dish it’s just plain rice with a mix of tempered onions and some turmeric. I wish I could try my hands on saffron very soon.
Finally my long-awaited international meal is now gonna be live on my blog.
Hope to get back soon with more food stories.