Kofta Kebabs with roasted vegetables and naan

Kofta Kebabs

…well, mostly anyway.  To date, I haven’t been able to keep them on the sticks.  I think it’s a combination of not kneading the meat mix enough and not waiting  long enough before turning.  Fortunately this makes for nice finger-food…

Karahi Chicken and naan

Karahi Chicken

Karahi chicken is a highly aromatic stew (curry) that brings together tomatoes, chilies, and a nice cilantro ‘kick’.  It gets it’s name because, well, it’s cooked in a karahi (or kadai), which is a thick-walled stew pot common throughout the…

Beef Shish Kebabs

Yay!  Meat on a stick!  Except I don’t serve it on a stick.  Served here with a home-made lavash and a cucumber-mint dip.  It’s one of the ultimate finger-foods after pizza: tear off a bit of bread, grab some meat…

Beef Shawarma

Beef Shawarma (grilled)

This isn’t a real shawarma, because I don’t have one of those nifty vertical rotisseries.  This is a fairly common affliction among cooks, so we try and make do with what we have.   This version is straight-up grilled, though I…

Lavash (flatbread)

So, there are two basic types of lavash: Armenian, and the more Middle-Eastern type.  So far as I can tell, the main difference is that the former uses baking powder, and the latter yeast, for leavening.  This recipe is for…

Shawarma Seasoning

Shawarma is kinda like gyros (and later, Mexican al pastor), from the same origin dating back to the 17th/18th century Ottoman empire, though with different flavors.  Like it’s parent, the doner kebab, it traditionally it would be lamb on a…

Tahini Sauce

Tahini sauce is one of those multi-purpose workhorses of the Middle Eastern world.  It’s heart is sesame (tahini) paste, and good as a complement for all things savory. This makes a rather lot of it, but it all gets eaten….

Cucumber-Mint Dip

This is a pretty straight-up and standard dip/sauce for most Middle-Eastern fare. It’s kinda like a tzatziki, but the mint gives it a nice twist.  I made it the other night for some kabobs, but it would go with pretty…

Koobideh Kabob

Chicken Koobideh Kabobs

 Koobideh are Persian ground meat kabobs, so a bit different from the normal US fare, but they’re delightfully rich and aromatic. Cooked on the grill, it’s the perfect sort of dish for a hot summer’s night. For this version I…

Moroccan Pastilla

Moroccan Pastilla

A pastilla is a type of savory pie, consisting of spiced bird of some sort or another encased in puff pastry.  Variants can be found across the Mediterranean and into the Middle East, probably because they taste so good. Some quick…