Mansaf: Jordanian Lamb, Yogurt & Rice Pilaf – Arousing Appetites

Traditional Jordanian Mansaf consisting of Lamb, Yogurt and Rice Pilaf

What is Mansaf? ( منسف ) Mansaf is a Jordanian lamb dish that consists of pieces of lamb, rice and yogurt. Mansaf is usually served in an aluminum tray with the meat surrounded by rice on one side and yogurt on the other. This particular rice dish is believed to have originated in Jordan, and … Read more

Nihari Slow Cooked Gluten Free Lamb Meat Garam Masala Stew Pakistan

Nihari slow cooked gluten free lamb meat garam masala stew

Nihari is a dish with a captivating history and remarkable popularity on the Indian subcontinent. Typical of a recipe whose history begins in the 16th century, there are varying opinions on its true origin. Was nihari a dish served to the wealthy Nawab rulers of the Mughal Empire? Or did the nobles serve it to … Read more

Qurutob Tajik Lamb Onion Yogurt Flatbread Sauce Central Asian Meat Entrees

Qurutob Tajik Lamb Onion Yogurt Flatbread Sauce

Qurutob is the embodiment of the treacherous topography and fascinating history of Tajikistan. The Tajik people live in an extreme climate and have recently endured decades of domestic challenges. At the center of an ancient road that united cultures across many continents lie the Pamir Mountains in eastern Tajikistan. Nestled in the high mountains of Central Asia, … Read more

Besbarmak Meat Pasta Kazakhstan

Besbarmak meat pasta kazakhstan

Besbarmak, a heap of sliced meat served on a bed of pasta squares is Kazakhstan’s national dish, as well as a tasty legacy of the nomads that roam the country’s steppes. The name besbarmak literally means ‘five fingers’ and comes from the way the dish is eaten – on a large platter to serve several … Read more

Bobotie South African Meatloaf Casserole

Bobotie South African meatloaf casserole

What do you get when you throw a some ground meat, eggs and bread at an 17th century Dutch spice ship? The answer is bobotie, South Africa’s national dish that was born of a dark union between colonizers, slaves and the centuries-old spice trade. Bobotie is a dish of sweet and zesty mince meat topped … Read more

Shakriya Syrian Lamb Yogurt Soup

Shakriya Syrian lamb yogurt soup

Shakriya – a Syrian soup with yogurt, lamb, chickpeas and pine nuts, as well as a mouthwatering infusion of spices and herbs – is the kind of dish of our dreams we never imagined could exist until we accidentally ordered it one day in a restaurant in Aleppo more than 14 years ago. It came … Read more