Recipe: Rosewater Rice Pilaf (Mulhammar)

Rosewater Pilaf - Mulhammar

Serves 4 Mulhammar is a slightly sweet rice pilaf is wonderful with spicy food. You'll love the taunting aroma of rosewater, saffron, and cardamom. Everything is very subtle and mild. Ingredients: 1/2 tsp saffron threads 3 cardamom pods, cracked 2 Tbsp rosewater 6 cups water 1 Tbsp salt 2 cups basmati rice 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup ghee or melted butter Method: 1. Combine saffron, cardamom and rosewater in a small bowl. I then used a spoon to mash the saffron mixture … [Read more...]

Recipe: Azeri Saffron Pilaf with potato kazmag

Azeri Rice Pilaf with Kazmag

Serves 6 I almost didn't make this pilaf because there were so many steps. I went out on a limb because I figured Azeri's must know how to cook basmati rice better than me. I was right. This is a great rice dish, buttery and delicately perfumed with saffron. Ingredients: 2 Potatoes 2 cups basmati rice 2 tsp salt 1/4 cup water 2 sticks butter 1 tsp saffron threads, soaked in a Tbsp of hot water. optional garnish: fresh mint leaves Method: For the potato crust: 1. … [Read more...]

Menu: Azerbaijan

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The Azerbaijani table is commonly adorned with flatbread, yogurt, sumac, and fresh herbs. This is because diners scoop meat dishes up into either lavash or pita bread and then top them with these regional "condiments."  Although a month late, we're celebrating the spirit of the Azerbaijani holiday "Novruz" by gardening and spring cleaning before our feast. Sides & Condiments: Pita Bread, fresh mint and other herbs, sliced red onion, sumac, and yogurt Rice Pilaf with Potato Kazmag … [Read more...]

Recipe: Armenian Stuffed Grape Leaves (Yalanchi Sarma)

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Serves 4-8 (makes 20) This is a delicious variation on traditional stuffed grape leaves we see in supermarket salad bars. The Armenians make stuffed grape leaves without an intense vinegar brine. Instead, earthy cinnamon and currants carry the flavor. Just wonderful! Ingredients: 1 16 oz jar grape leaves 6 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion, diced (about a cup) 1/2 cup basmati rice 2 Tbsp tomato paste 3 Tbsp dried currants 1 Tbsp lemon juice 3/4 cup water salt 1/4 cup pine nuts 1/2 tsp … [Read more...]

Recipe: Kabeli Palau (Basmati Rice with Chicken & Carrots)

Kabeli Palau

This recipe is for Meal #1 in my personal challenge: to eat one meal from every country in the world. Serves 6-8 Kabeli Palau is a much loved party dish in Afghanistan. The highly seasoned rice dish is finished in the oven, giving the cook 45 minutes to prepare for the arrival of their guests (simply prepare garnish ahead of time). The intense flavor of garaham masala is balanced by sweet bursts of carrot and golden raisins. Note: … [Read more...]