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aubergine & kashk

Having prepared this recipe, or a few others before, definitely does not qualify me as an expert in Persian cuisine. However, i can call myself, with much confidence, a big fan of this beautiful cuisine. The rich and diverse ingredients tell the story of the historically and culturally enchanting times the Persian cuisine must have gone through and i’m  looking forward for more adventures preparing other recipes in the near future (i’ve already got a short list of the food that i would like to try).

Kashk is a type of a traditionally sun-dried yogurt used in the Persian cuisine as well in other ones, sometimes with a different name. And when i first came across this aubergine and kashk recipe, the sound of it reminded me a lot of a beautiful appetiser dish that we used to love eating at a small Turkish restaurant back in Dubai. So i was intrigued to try this one out. And not only this recipe did not disappoint, it simply exceeded my expectations for it is so delicious that i can’t even wait to prepare it again real soon. And i can tell you that i’m so happy to share it with you today, and i do hope that you will give it a try.

It is just worth noting that, being me, i lightly modified the ingredients and method of preparation from the ones in the original recipe in a way that made more sense to me, but i kept the original spirit and the great taste of the dish untouched.

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muhammarah: bell pepper and walnut dip, a true levantine taste

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A pure Levantine treat, Muhammarah is yet another celebration of the magical world of walnuts. And besides being a perfect vegetarian choice, its rich flavours and texture make Muhammarah extremely hard to resist. So my guessing is, once you try it, you would always want to serve this delightful mezzé on top of your food menu next time, and every time, you have guests.

With the right ingredients, muhammarah is extremely easy to prepare yet so impressive serve. Make it in advance and keep it refrigerated till served sprinkled with good quality olive oil and pomegranate arils.

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