With a fourth of the holy month of Ramadan behind us, repetition will seemingly begin to set in, particularly in terms of iftar dishes. I’m right here to supply some concepts within the what-to-cook division and recommend some yummy, but straightforward, recipes. Feel free to mix components from this week’s menu with final week’s or swap some dishes round, and tell us on Instagram what sort of iftar menu you want greatest by tagging us at @dailysabah.
The second three-course menu for Ramadan begins off with a creamy hen soup known as Saray Çorbası, continues with some stuffed zucchini and a facet of crunchy börek and is rounded off with a not-so-traditional layered strawberry cup.
Chicken soup a la Ottoman
This soup is thought in Turkish as “Saray Çorbası,” actually that means “palace soup,” and is claimed to originate from the Ottoman period. Let’s carry some royal aptitude to our tables.
- 1 entire hen breast
- 1 hen leg
- 2 carrots
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons yogurt
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- four tablespoons flour
Boil the hen breast and leg collectively with the bay leaf, carrots and black pepper till the hen is cooked by means of. Pour the now aromatic broth by means of a sieve into one other pot and lower the meat into small items.
In a separate bowl combine collectively the egg yolk, flour, lemon juice and yogurt. Add about a glass of the hen broth to this combination, give it a good stir and toss that again into the hen broth.
Add about half a liter of boiling water to the soup and stir till it begins to boil. Then add the hen items and the salt, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn off and serve!
To pep this up much more, you’ll be able to serve this soup with a drizzle of melted butter seasoned with pink pepper flakes. Not the friendliest to the hips, however the added taste doesn’t disappoint.
You can add as much as three bay leaves to the preliminary hen broth if you’d like a stronger taste.
There are some ways to make stuffed zucchini, and there are methods to make it with most stuffing. We used bulgur in our filling, however rice will do the trick as effectively, although it’ll have an effect on the flavour a bit.
- 5-6 zucchinis
- 350 grams minced meat of your alternative
- 250 gr skinny bulgur (köftelik)
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon pepper paste
- 1 onion
- Black pepper, salt, pink pepper flakes, cumin (to style)
- Olive oil
- Yogurt and garlic (topping, elective)
Put the minced meat, bulgur, tomato and pepper pastes, finely chopped onions and seasoning into a bowl and knead it till it’s effectively mixed.
Cut the zucchinis into 2-Three centimeter thick items and scoop out the seeds alongside with a number of the sides to create space for the stuffing. Stuff the zucchini with the filling. Put all of the crammed items into a pot of your alternative and drizzle a little bit of olive oil over it and pour some water into the pan, ensuring it would not drown the zucchini. Let them cook dinner for about 40 minutes with the lid on. Depending on the dimensions and depth of your pan, you would possibly want so as to add extra water whereas cooking, simply control it. Once cooked, you’ll be able to drizzle a mixture of yogurt and chopped garlic over the stuffed zucchinis for added deliciousness earlier than serving.
Not everyone seems to be into garlic, so as an alternative of drizzling the yogurt over it instantly, it may be served in a small bowl on the facet.
If the zucchini is having a laborious time cooking by means of, otherwise you wish to be protected and wish them to cook dinner sooner, poke them with a fork a number of occasions.
There are so many alternative sorts of börek in Turkey and the Middle East normally, however this one particularly appears to be, no less than to me, a Ramadan particular. Maybe it’s due to the pastırma, which is an air-dried cured beef with a closely seasoned crust round it. However it’s perceived, it’s a scrumptious deal with it’s essential to check out.
- 200 grams pastırma (or different kinds of cured meat)
- 2 tomatoes
- 2 inexperienced peppers
- 200-300 grams grated cheese
- Three phyllo pastries
- 200 grams bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- Oil for frying
Chop the tomatoes, pastırma and peppers into small items and blend them collectively with the grated cheese. Cut throughout every spherical phyllo pastry sheet, beginning instantly by means of the center, to get eight lengthy triangles. Put a little bit of the cheese combination on the huge finish of the pastry, fold the perimeters and roll it up. Now whisk the egg a bit, place the böreks on a giant plate and brush the egg in your pastries earlier than rolling them within the bread crumbs. Fry them till golden brown and as soon as completed, get pleasure from! These style greatest when they’re scorching or on the very least heat.
Depending on how huge your phyllo pastry sheets are, you would possibly want one other egg and extra bread crumbs to make this.
To make this a bit much less heavy, you’ll be able to bake them within the oven.
If you don’t like bread crumbs as a crust or simply don’t wish to hassle, you’ll be able to keep away from this step. Many folks make it with out the crust. It all comes down as to if you prefer it or not.
You could make these beforehand and maintain them within the freezer with out including the egg and breadcrumb combine.
Layered strawberry cups
This would possibly really feel a bit out of theme however contemplating that strawberries are in season, it will be a disgrace to not incorporate them into our small but scrumptious menu right here.
- 500 gram – 1 kilogram strawberries (use as a lot or as little as you want)
- 600 milliliters milk
- four tablespoons sugar (or much less)
- 1 tablespoon starch
- Three tablespoons flour
- 100 grams darkish chocolate
- 200 milliliters heavy cream
- Three tablespoons powdered sugar
Whip up the heavy cream with the powdered sugar. Add the chopped strawberries as the primary layer of our cup and add a few tablespoons of the whipped cream to cowl it. The quantity is as much as you.
Mix the flour, starch and sugar in a separate bowl with a little bit of the milk when you carry the remainder of the milk to a boil over the range. Add the sugary-flour combination to it slowly, continuously mixing to eliminate lumps. You don’t desire the pudding to stay to the underside and burn. When it begins to thicken, add the chocolate and switch the warmth off as soon as it’s absolutely included. Let the chocolate pudding cool off and add it over the whipped cream half fastidiously. Depending on how deep your cup is, you’ll be able to add one other layer of chopped or halved strawberries and one other layer of whipped cream. Finish it off with some entire or chopped strawberries on high.
This is perhaps a strawberry cup, however it may possibly after all made with different fruit as effectively. You might even combine a few sorts of fruit for further zing.
Drizzling some melted chocolate on the highest as a ultimate contact could make this cup look and style even higher.
Adding a wafer as an edible piece of ornament is enjoyable as effectively. Let your creativity circulate.
The order you stack this in doesn’t matter. You can experiment with it.