Tag: Dinner

SAWER

SAWER

BULGUR WHEAT WITH TOMATO AND ONION (VEGAN)

Rice is such a staple accompaniment to Middle Eastern food, but other grains and starches feature heavily in Kurdish cooking too and they can add a real depth of flavour to a meal […]

NOK

NOK

CHICKPEA, ROSEMARY, AND TURMERIC SOUP (VEGAN)

The word ‘nok’ in Kurdish just means ‘chickpeas’, so the name of this dish doesn’t really do justice to just how flavourful it is. […]

KIFTA

KIFTA

RICE DUMPLINGS STUFFED WITH LAMB, ALMOND AND SULTANAS

This week, I worked a set of nights in the A&E department. Any doctor will be able to tell you that when you’re on nights, you flip into survival mode […]

SHIFTA

SHIFTA

PARSLEY TOMATO LAMB BITES

Shifta is the Kurdish equivalent of a burger; a bite-sized, herby, tomatoey, well-seasoned burger that’s packed full of flavour. Traditionally it’s either served with a mountain of red rice and a simple salad, or in a […]

FASOLIA

FASOLIA

WHITE BEANS IN A TOMATO STEW (VEGAN)

You might be looking at this page thinking I’ve posted a recipe for ‘beans’, but these are not just beans: this is fasolia. Fasolia could always be found somewhere on our dinner table, either […]

SHORBAY CHEWANER

SHORBAY CHEWANER

BEETROOT AND SPINACH SOUP WITH SPICED CHICKPEAS (VEGAN)

This is one of mums own twists on the soup from the legendary Kurdish meal, Kifta (AKA my all-time favourite dinner/my ‘death row’ meal). Kifta is complex and can take hours of […]

PAQLA PILAW

PAQLA PILAW

STEAMED JASMINE RICE WITH BROAD BEANS AND DILL (VEGAN)

As a child, I had no time for paqla pilaw. Whenever mum would bring the platter piled high with green rice to the table, I would flat out […]

DOLMA

DOLMA

STUFFED SWISS CHARD LEAVES (VEGAN)

Dolma is a Middle Eastern triumph, where leaves and vegetables are filled with a rice mixture that’s packed with herbs and flavour. […]