Zataar keema pizza

Introduction

Arabian cuisine has always encouraged me to try new dishes. Zataar was introduced to me through manakish at man2ooshe and I fell in love with the spice. As I saw the zataar on display at Carrefour I quickly grabbed a little and came home. Once I was home I started to stumble online for recipes and finally decided to introduce the zataar with meat to my Sri Lankan family. Usually a keema is done with a mix of various spices but I got a delicious keema with just only zataar and pepper powder. I myself am really amazed how the Arabian flavor has enhanced the keema curry with the help of those dried herbs and sumac. This experiment has encouraged me to try new recipes using zataar.

ZATAAR KEEMA PIZZA

Pizza Dough

Ingredients 

3 cups flour
Salt to taste
2 teaspoon olive oil or margarine
2 teaspoon yeast
Water as required

Instructions

Mix all ingredients together and knead into a smooth and soft dough.
Leave aside to rise for an hour.
Roll into a flat circle and place on a tray.

Meat keema

Ingredients

1 cup meat

1 medium onion (chopped)

1 teaspoon crushed pepper
2 teaspoon zataar spice
2 teaspoon zataar with sumac
Salt to taste
1tablesoon olive oil or melted butter

 

Cheddar for topping

Instruction

Clean, wash and boil the meat.
Sauté meat and onions in a pan over high heat with teaspoon of olive oil or margarine

Season with salt and pepper to taste and add the two zataar mixes.
Spread over the prepared dough.

Grate and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and bake at 150 degrees C for 20 minutes on a pre heated oven.

My images

 

 

zataar keema topped

zataar keema topped

 

 

cheessy on top ofkeema

cheessy on top of keema

 

 

 

 

 

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Memories of Eid in Dubai

I lived at jumeira village circle on lavender 2. It is a very posh area with a few buildings and some shops. I always enjoyed looking around the neighbourhood and sharing a smile with someone looking to make friends. The first year of my stay was very lonely and spent keeping my door open or looking out of the window. So when I was standing out a neighbour who was going shopping for eid said salams and I replied back. So the next time I cooked a string hopper and sent to her in thoughts of making friends. my bowl was returned with a lebanese soup, flat bread and a delicious stuffed capsicum in a red sauce or gravy.

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The next eid festival I was gifted with the sweets on the picture above. it was so delicious that I literally asked her for more of those sweets the next time I met her. I seriously miss those corridor friendship.
 

 

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Last year my eid al adha festival in dubai was spent with just a couple of friends invited home for lunch.
Cooking for friends was fun and shopping for sweets at carrefour was enjoyable. It was my first encounter with macaroons. Dubai is where I was introduced to macaroons and its where I tasted those lovely colorful yummmies.

Eid night was spent watching movies either at home or at dubai mall which will be jam packed with no space for parking. I really miss dubai.

Life is a roller coaster where you’ve got to go through those curves to live.

So always hold tight to your memories and cherish every moment you live.