Thursday, 1 October 2009

Walima cooking club (September)Jordanian cuisine-MANSAF

Jordanian cuisine was selected for the month of September by dear Arlette . And the Savory Dish that was selected was Mansaf. Mansaf is the national dish of Jordan, it is served on special occasions such as weddings and births, or to honor a guest and feasting on Mansaf is taken seriously, and hours are spent in its preparations.The lamb is cooked is Jameed /dried yogurt and mansaf is served on a large platter with a layer of Arabic flat bread topped with rice and then meat, garnished with almonds and pine nuts.
I have to admit that I cooked it Indian way, adding many Indian spices to the meat for our Indian taste buds, which loves spicy foods :) But one can refer here for the authentic recipe.

Ingredients:
2 containers of reek yogurt,
2 lbs of lamb meat with bones,
a pinch of turmeric powder,
1 small onion-finely chopped,
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste,
1 tsp red chili powder,
1/2 tsp cumin powder,
1/4 tsp black pepper powder,
3 cups jasmine rice or Basmati rice,
1 cardamom,
1 cinnamon,
1 cloves,
1/2 cup of almonds,
1/2 cup of pine nuts,
2-3 Arabic flat bread/ thin Indian roti(chapathi),
1 cup of butter/ ghee and
salt to taste

Method:
In a large pot before turning on the heat pour the yogurt.Bring it to boil on high heat , make sure while you are cooking the yogurt that you are constantly stirring yogurt with a wooden spoon in one direction only. If you started stirring to the left you must keep stirring that way until yogurt starts to boil. Once the yogurt boils turn the heat off.
In another pot cook the meat with the spices- ginger garlic paste, cumin powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder, onion and some salt. Cover the meat completely with water and cook till the meat is tender. remove the cooked meat and strain the broth to remove the onion pieces.
Now add 2-3 cups of the above broth to the pot of cooked yogurt, add salt and if its not tangy enough, juice of 1/2 lemon van be added to it. Add the lamb meat to the yogurt and broth mixture and cook till it thickens a little bit (like a sauce).
Heat the butter/ghee in another pot and fry the nuts and almonds till light brown. Remove the nuts and in the same butter add the garam masala(spices)- cardamom,cloves and cinnamon and a pinch of turmeric powder. Add rice , water and salt to taste and cook the rice.
When serving put Arabic bread and wet it with some yogurt, then add rice and meat in individual plates and spread cooked yogurt and slivered nuts over it.

37 comments:

Chow and Chatter said...

oh this looks great so cool to learn about middle food from your cooking club lol

Sarah Naveen said...

sounds gr8..!!
looks really tempting too!!!

Pavithra said...

Wow thats awesome and nice one with different name.

prasu said...

Hi Faiza Mansaf looks sooo...delicious...

Sangeetha Subhash said...

Mansaf looks gorgeous!!! The photos and write-ups are so fabulous that I cannot resist myself from trying them out.LOVE ur blog..

Sailaja Damodaran said...

very new to me...nice

Soma said...

Thanks very much for pposting the recipe of Waleema... It looks great...

VS said...

This dish is really new to me. Must taste gr8 I guess. Thanks for sharing!

Priya said...

Wow such a rich and delicious dish, quite an interesting and new dish to me..

Katy ~ said...

You make me smile with delight. I like how you "cooked it Indian way, adding many Indian spices to the meat for our Indian taste buds."
Both ways sounded intriguing and tempting to have more.

Yasmeen said...

Awesome job!The platter looks very inviting :)

Ann said...

Looks great! You were smart and made the rice even more aromatic - good job! I tried the mansaf with chicken.

Tina said...

Wow awesome dear....

Lavanya Siva said...

Very tempting recipe dear

Smitha said...

Nice recipe, Never heard abt it. Great job.

Humaira said...

Hi Faiza, How are you doing? the dish looks awesome. different from usual. what is walima cooking club?

Bergamot said...

yummy... this is nice recipe with delicate flavours.

*sangi* said...

Dear,
I'm back da...
This dish is very diffnt&new to me...will try&let u know

SOUSOUKITCHEN said...

It looks great, nice color and sure yummy.

Chitra said...

Looks nice :)

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Hi faiza,
how r u and ur kid?after a long time i am visiting urs...ur dishes make me feel hungry..

Priya said...

ur recipes r too diff than usual..good job..hey collect the award from my blog

Babli said...

Wonderful presentation. Looks yummy and delicious.

Arlette said...

Hello Faiza,
Very nice Mansaf , Looks very delicious.
You did a great job in this challenge, I like the color of the rice.

Thanks for your participation my dear.

Malar Gandhi said...

That looks delicious...all your food preparations are...loved those falafel, chicken pot pie everything...

Taste of Beirut said...

All I can say is: Yumyum!

Touria said...

so delicious hmmmmmmmm

SOUSOUKITCHEN said...

I just want to say hi.

Babli said...

Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Diwali.
Please collect your award from my blog.

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Hi Faiza ..pls accept ur awards from my blog!!

Parita said...

very different one dear!

my kitchen said...

Looks delicious & different one

Akal's Saappadu said...

that must be a delicious dish; the recipe method seems to have a slight ressemblance with briyanis/pilafs; nice festive food!

Arlette said...

You did an amazing job my dear ...
Sorry for my late visit...
I am sure you enjoyed this delicious meal
take care... talk to you later.

AshKuku said...

Hey,

You have the same background color as me.... Sorry for the delay in joining you....But better late than never....

The prep above is yum...& the way it has to be served , I'm sure it gets the person to drool all over...

Kindly collect ur awards from my blog,
Ash....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

priya said...

hi dear,

plz collect ur award frm my blog!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Never heard this before, looks real yumm. Book marking:)

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