Muhammara: Roasted Red Bell Peppers & Walnut Dip

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Smoky flavours of roasted Red bell peppers combined with a hint of Garlic,a burst of Lemon juice and Olive oil mingle together to make up this delightful Middle Eastern Meze. If your taste buds are sharp enough you will detect the coarse texture that is brought about by the addition of breadcrumbs and coarsely ground walnuts to this dip.Tracing its origins to Syria,this is now a popular accompaniment with most Levantine cuisine.

I’ve been shying away from making up this favourite dip of mine due to the lack of being able to source Pomegranate Molasses which I feel is an essential ingredient.I do believe the brilliant red tones and the tartness in a Muhamarra are certainly lent by the molasses.I’ve been impatient to make this and went along by substituting with some honey. Continue reading

Mango Mania-Let’s Salsa

The past few weeks has seen a lot of Thai cooking in my kitchen.Pad Thai.Green and Red curries,Jasmine Rice,Tom Yum soup and the list just goes on.Last night I made  some Thai fish cakes(with s fresh white fish and shrimp).I was looking for something fruity and refreshing to accompany the fish cakes.That’s when the mangoes decided to do the Salsa.

A riot of flavours,delicious,colourful and healthy.I could even eat this as a salad anytime.

Here a mango…There a mango…Everywhere a Tangy mango…We sure are lucky to find this wonderful fruit in all the local supermarkets here in Dubai.Such a variety that too…Kenyan Mangoes,Indian Alphonso,Pakistani,Mangoes from Thailand and Phillipines…True Mango Mania at the moment.

So while Mangoes are in season why not enjoy them in every possible way?

Some variations for  this Salsa:

For the ingredients:

  • Corn and Red bell peppers
  • Avocados and chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped green olives and jalapeno peppers

For the Dressing:

  • Lime juice,Olive Oil,salt and pepper
  • Lime juice,fish sauce,chopped thai red chillies
  • Lime juice,sesame oil and seeds

I do hope you will enjoy cooking with mangoes this season.Please do share your favorite way of cooking with Mangoes.Would love to hear about it.

Summer is here,do stay cool and hydrated everbody.Cheers to you all.

With Love

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 chopped semi ripe mangoes
  • 1 red onion(sliced lengthwise)
  • 1 small cucumber(finely chopped)
  • 1 small green bell pepper(chopped finely)
  • 1 small thai red chilli(chopped finely)
  • handful of chopped coriander

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • Juice of 1 lemon(squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon thai fish sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

METHOD:

  1. Toss all the ingredients together
  2. Add the dressing just before serving and Enjoy