Carrot with Coriander, Garlic and Cumin – Salatet Sfinari bil Kamoun سلطة جزر مغربية

This Moroccan salad or side dish is full of flavor and requires minimal effort. The marinade is a perfect combination of basic ingredients, easy to put together and versatile as it can be used with most vegetables and fish. In Libya similar salads (steamed or boiled vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin,… Read more“Carrot with Coriander, Garlic and Cumin – Salatet Sfinari bil Kamoun سلطة جزر مغربية”

Libyan Potato Fritters with Cumin and Coriander: Aqras Batata Mabshura أقراص بطاطا مبشورة

These fritters are easy to make and virtually fail-proof, unlike the more finicky hash browns. They are also very versatile: as a side dish, as part of a selection of finger-foods, or with a salad as the main meal. Harissa or yogurt dips (mild or spicy) are great sauces to serve alongside… Read more“Libyan Potato Fritters with Cumin and Coriander: Aqras Batata Mabshura أقراص بطاطا مبشورة”

Filo Pastry Meat Pie : Bureek Tajin (رقاق باللحم المفروم (قلاش

Bureek Tajin (also known as Suniyet Ruqaq in Egypt) is a  meat pie served as a side dish, and is a popular accompaniment to soup during Ramadan. Leftovers make a great snack or light meal the next day. The pie  is  made of two layers of thin dough (each made up of several sheets of filo… Read more“Filo Pastry Meat Pie : Bureek Tajin (رقاق باللحم المفروم (قلاش”

Arabic Savoury Pastries: Bureek Muwaraq بوريك مورق

This post is a reply to a request by Umm Obaidah for a bureek dough with a meat filling recipe. We hope you enjoy this recipe, let us know how it goes! Börek in Turkey and the Balkans is a specific name for pastries made with  yufka dough. However in Libya Bureek is used… Read more“Arabic Savoury Pastries: Bureek Muwaraq بوريك مورق”

Fried Fish with Mashed Potato Filling: Mbatan Kawali سمك مقلي محشي بالبطاطا

Mbatan are uniquely Libyan, it means ‘lining’ two layers with stuffing.  Always fried, Mbatan are vegetables stuffed with a minced meat mixture, like Cauliflower Mbatan  and Potato Mbatan . Mbatan Kawali is the exception, small fish stuffed with potato, garlic and coriander. The stuffed fried fish are usually served as an appetizer or side dish, and as… Read more“Fried Fish with Mashed Potato Filling: Mbatan Kawali سمك مقلي محشي بالبطاطا”

Mixed Stuffed Vegetables: Tajin Mahshi محشي مشكل

Stuffed cabbage and vine leaves are best cooked on the stove, but Mahshi vegetables like paprika, tomatoes, onions, courgettes and aubergines are easier to make as a casserole. The larger varieties of aubergines and courgettes tend to get  mushy when stewed. Tajin Mahshi is usually a main meal served, but for… Read more“Mixed Stuffed Vegetables: Tajin Mahshi محشي مشكل”

Fried Cauliflower with a Cumin Batter and Minced-Meat Filling – Mbatan Kronb Alzahra مبطن كرنب الزهرة

Mbatan Kronb is a delicious side dish, with cumin flavoured batter and a minced meat filling lifting it above plain fried cauliflower. It is a traditional variation on the more famous Libyan recipe of meat-filled potato wedges which are referred to simply as Mbatan. This type of Mbatan uses cauliflower florets instead of… Read more“Fried Cauliflower with a Cumin Batter and Minced-Meat Filling – Mbatan Kronb Alzahra مبطن كرنب الزهرة”

Fried Potato Wedges Stuffed with Minced Meat: Mbatan Batata مبطن بطاطا

Mubatan, or Mbattan which is also called Batata Mbatna, is a Libyan speciality which consists of potato wedges with a herb and minced meat filling, coated in breadcrumbs and egg and fried. They are especially popular in Ramadan. This addictive appetizer is made by slicing a potato, keeping two slices… Read more“Fried Potato Wedges Stuffed with Minced Meat: Mbatan Batata مبطن بطاطا”