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Hussein Allam is here again🙂, all i am writing about today for the following dishes Musakhan, Kofta Bi Tahini, Maqlupa, Kanafeh, and Hareesah. As a continuation for the previous series ( part 1-2-3-4) and now, let’s talk about the series 5, I guess it will be something different, as have to include some of the delicious desserts which it is the most popular dishes in Jordan.
Musakhan is a Jordanian and Palestinian dish of slices of bread, chicken, heaps of onions, fragrant spices like allspice and cinnamon, and lots of olive oil. The ingredients are stewed together until the onion, chicken, olives, and bread are fall apart tender and the spices have blended and harmonized. While the spices have a sweet tinge to them, the actual dish is not sweet. But you will enjoy it 100% percent for sure.
2.Kofta Bi Tahini
Kind of similar to shish kebabs, just in a completely different form, kofta bi tahini is a dish that includes a bottom base layer of minced kebab (or kofta) meat, flattened out into a patty, topped with thin slices of potato, doused in a thick tahini sauce, and then baked.
The meat on the bottom is like a base of sausage, that wonderful parsley flavored minced meat. If I didn’t know the white thick sauce all over kofta bi tahini was tahini, it is “sesame paste” looks like creamy sauce , because it is so rich and creamy. But instead it has a slightly nutty taste, and it is not nearly as heavy as a dairy based sauce.
Along with mansaf, maqluba is another favorite taste for me🙂 Literally translated at “upside down” 😄 and here it’s called ups and downs because maqluba includes meat or chicken on the bottom, rice, and spices, all cooked together in one pot. Once the dish is ready, the pot is flipped over onto a big plate or communal tray, so the rice stays on the bottom, and the meat or chicken is left on the top. Maqluba can be garnished with parsley, fried pine nuts or other types of nuts, and slices of lemon.
The rice, since it’s cooked with meat or chicken, takes on a lovely broth flavor kind of like chicken rice (if you eat chicken maqluba), and the meat or chicken becomes fall apart tender from the long cooking process. You can really enjoy it in Jordan by eating it together with Arabic salad, the freshness of the cucumber and tomatoes really complemented the rice and chicken.
Of all the Jordanian sweets kanafeh is the most popular sweets between all Jordanians and tourists as well because it is so unique and included an interesting combination of ingredients and textures. This dessert is popular throughout the Levant, especially known in Palestine and Jordan.
Cheese is the most noticeable of ingredients in kanafeh, which is paired with either noodles or semolina, drenched in a sticky rose scented syrup, and topped with a pinch of ground pistachios. The cheese on the bottom tastes similar to mozzarella, while the top crust is crunchy and gooey.
If you are a huge desserts fan or sweets eater, You will love eating constantly. However. desserts are a big part of the cuisine in Jordan, and there are huge shops dedicated to just serving desserts.
One of the many common and widely available Arabic desserts in Jordan is hareeseh, a sweet made with semolina, coconut, cream, sugar, yoghurt, and almonds, all baked until golden brown. Hareeseh is prepared in bar form, kind of like the size and density of a brownie (although nothing like it in taste). It’s a very sweet dessert, and has a slight floral taste to go with the grainy texture of the semolina.
To be continued….
The last series are on the way to be finished, have a patient.😄
Hope you enjoyed reading it.