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Yogurt Cucumber Dip

November 15th, 2009 Leave a reply »
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Yogurt cucumber dip is a very famous dish all around the world: from India (Raita), to the Middle East (Labane bi khiyar), to Greece (Tzatziki). This dip is often eaten with grilled/baked meat & vegetables. But isn’t this dip simply yogurt and cucumbers? Well… almost…
Estimated time: 10min
Servings: 4

Ingredients: 3 medium cucumbers, 250g of yogurt, 1 teaspoon dried mint, 2 garlic cloves, salt to taste

Dice the cucumbers (or grate them into slices) and transfer them into a bowl. Add the yogurt, minced garlic, dried mint and salt. Stir to combine. Decorate with a few leaves of fresh mint.

Serving tips: this dip is best served very cold. In order for it to stay chilly & watery, drop 3 ice cubes into the dip before serving.

Yogurt Cucumber Dip

Ingredient: Sumac

November 6th, 2009 Leave a reply »
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Despite the name “Lemon Vinaigrette”, the salad dressing used in Fattoush requires very little lemon juice. Why is that so? It is all thanks to a wonderful spice called sumac (also spelled sumach). This spice is made from the dried, powdered berries of the Sumac tree.

 

 Sumac

 

Wikipedia states that Sumac trees “grow in subtropical and temperate regions throughout the world, especially in North America”. I had no idea. And yet, their berries are “ground into a deep-red or purple powder used as a spice in Middle Eastern cuisine to add a lemony taste to salads or meat”. It amazes me how small the world is.

So, where can you buy sumac? I would be interested to know if you can find it in a general supermarket in the US. You can definitely find it in Middle Eastern stores or online at Sadaf.com.

 
Sumac