Happy Holidays from Caravan-Serai Tours and Willamette Intl Travel!
Each holiday season our friends over at Caravan-Serai offer an assortment of our favorite recipes from the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caucasus. Be sure to subscribe to our blog for updates!
Today’s recipe: Baba Ganuj or Baba Ghanoush
2lbs (1kg) eggplants
1 large tomato
1 green pepper
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
1 Tbs salt
1 Tbs mint
2 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs pomegranate molasses
- Roast the eggplant s on a baking dish in medium oven approximately one hour, or until the skin darkens and begins to split, remove from oven to cool
- When eggplants are cool enough handle, break open and scoop out the insides
- Mash the pulp with a fork until a smooth puree
- Add olive oil and lemon juice and set aside
- Finely chop tomato, pepper and onion, add them to eggplant puree and stir
- Crush garlic in a pestle with salt and stir into juice and olive oil
- Add liquid to vegetable mixture and mix well
- Stir in the mint
- Serve in a shallow bowl with garnish of tomatoes or parsley sprigs and pita bread
A variation on this recipe is to cook the eggplant on a BBQ, it will enhance the smokey flavor! Enjoy!
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Caravan Serai is a Seattle-based company that specializes in small-group escorted tours to destinations in the Middle East and North Africa such as Jordan, Turkey and Morocco. Expert guides escort guests through fun-filled and tasty itineraries, valuing comfort and safety all the while trekking across ancient paths and historical ruins.
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Happy December! It’s that time of year again: each winter, our friends at Caravan-Serai publish a series of Middle Eastern recipes guaranteed to delight! Try this specialty, Roz bil Halib, or Rice Pudding with Pistachios.
Most cultures have some form of rice pudding. What makes this particular dish different is the addition of pistachios and rose or orange blossom water. There are two versions here – try them both this holiday season. This is a dish to make in advance.
- 6 cups milk (low-fat or whole)
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup short-grain rice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dried apricot, chopped
- 1 – 2 teaspoon lemon zest, minced
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)
- 1/2 cup pistachios, chopped
- In a saucepan, combine milk, condensed milk & rice & bring to boil over medium heat.
- Reduce heat to maintain a low simmer & cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
- Add cardamom, vanilla & 2/3 of the apricots, & cook until rice is tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in zest & cream, if using it.
- Garnish with pistachios & the remaining apricots, & serve warm or cold.
If serving cold, press parchment/baking paper directly onto surface of pudding to prevent a skin from forming, & chill at least 3-4 hours (or overnight if desired).
Caravan Serai is a Seattle-based company that specializes in small-group escorted tours to destinations in the Arab World such as Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco. Expert guides escort guests through fun-filled and tasty itineraries, valuing comfort and safety all the while trekking across ancient paths and historical ruins. Thematic tours are occasionally offered, like the Persian Gardens of Iran, yachting in Turkey, or desert trekking in Morocco. Read more about them here: https://wittravel.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/vendor-of-the-month-caravan-serai/
For a great firsthand report from one of our client’s tours to Iran, check out the link: http://www.wittravel.com/reports/Iran_April08.pdf