Pulses & grains

  • Multi vegetable paella – Ottolenghi

    13/04/20224passionfood

    I made this multi vegetable paella few months ago, and I thought I have to make it again so I can share it with you. Paella is an iconic Spanish dish, there are various types of it depending on each region you are in Spain.But there are three or even five main types of paella :1- “Paella valenciana” as many know the original paella was born in Valencia. Beside rice, this includes differents types of meat such as rabbits, pork, duck…combined with beans, artichokes and other veggies.2- “Paella de Marisco” or seafood paella, my favourite I already shared with you…

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  • Baked mint rice with pomegranate & olive salsa – Ottolenghi

    04/02/20224passionfood

    Look how beautiful is this baked mint rice with pomegranate and olive salsa. It’s not only colourful and flavourful it’s also an easy side dish to make. Ottolenghi said : “that cooking rice PERFECTLY is one of those things that shouldn’t be complicated but can be surprisingly difficult, for some”. And he’s right. If you have never baked rice before, you are about to learn an easy technique that will allow you to have the perfect fluffy rice every time in no time.  How to make this baked mint rice with its pomegranate & olive salsa ? This dish has…

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  • Gnocchi alla Romana – Ottolenghi

    14/01/20224passionfood

    When you hear “gnocchi”, you automatically think of the classic type of gnocchi or “gnocco” as Italians say, which are dumplings often made from mashed potatoes or ricotta. But before potatoes and corn for polenta came to Europe from the Americas, Romans made custardy dumplings from semolina flour : « Gnocchi alla romana » or  « Roman Style gnocchi », also known as « Semolina Gnocchi ». They are made with semolina flour, parmesan cheese, milk, and butter. But unlike potato gnocchi, these are baked, not boiled.  Gnocchi Alla Romana it’s a delicious traditional Italian dish, rich but very light. They have a cheesy, soft and buttery texture in the inside and a slightly crispy crust outside. What do you need to make the gnocchi alla romana ?  The recipe is from one of…

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  • Crispy baked Persian rice – “Tahchin”

    19/10/20214passionfood

    Tahchin is a famous Persian dish made with basmati rice which is perfectly flavoured with saffron, mixed with egg yolks, yoghurt and neutral oil or melted butter in my case. This classic dish is so versatile. You can add a layer of meat, mostly shredded chicken, or keep it vegetarian by adding dried fruits. As you can keep things very simple and bake the rice without any additional fillings. The “Tahchin” is soo good and represents perfectly the persian cuisine. It has all the flavours of Iran. The crispy golden crust on the outside called “Tahdig”, and a beautiful yellow melted and moist rice inside, wonderfully flavoured with saffron. Without forgetting the…

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  • Wild mushroom pilau – Meera Sodha

    27/06/20214passionfood

    Before I came to Dubai, Indian cuisine was very new to me, and the fact every time I would try it I can only feel a burning sensation as most restaurants here sadly don’t give an option to tone down the spiciness level. Owing to the large Indian community, Dubai offers some pretty good options authentic, comfort to fine dining etc… I also came across few places where it’s great food and low to mild spicy and I stated to fall in love and decided to buy an Indian cook book “ Made in India by Meera Sodha”. One of…

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  • Paella de marisco – Seafood Paella

    15/03/20214passionfood

    First thing that comes to your mind when you think of Spanish food, is the « paella ». For me it brings out summer memories, it’s a dish that brings family and friends together.  There are several varieties, the most common are « paella de marisco » seafood paella, and « paella mixta » mixed paella combines meat, seafood and vegetables. Some recipes contain chorizo or sausage, if you want to prepare an authentic one and not disappoint the Spanish people, please avoid the chorizo and the sausage. My favourite is seafood, I used prawns, squid, and cooked mussels (I kept the cooking water). To make…

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  • Confit garlic hummus with grilled mushrooms – Ottolenghi

    05/03/20214passionfood

    Hummus is probably the most versatile dip, is a perfect snack for any time of day. You can eat it as it is or serve it topped with meat, veggies or like this recipe that I’m sharing with you today. A wonderful way to eat hummus. It’s not the authentic recipe of hummus for sure but it will probably be, if you try this.  The grilled mushrooms with the delicious marinade, works beautifully with the creamy hummus perfectly flavoured with confit garlic. Add a salad on the side and it’s an amazing meal.   You can skip the topping and have…

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