Chorba Frik ( Algerian Soup ) Good for Ramadan

Chorba Frik  or Firik ( Read as Shorba Freek)   is quite popular soup in Ramadan in Mediterranean  countries like Algeria,Tunisia and Morocco.

It is so easy to cook as well and tastes great along with its satiating fragrance of coriander and mint .

In my recipe I have used meat balls but you can add normal chicken and meat pieces too.
Preparation time : 15 minutes                                            Cooking time : 30 mins

Serves :2 -3

Ingredients

Tomato  4 medium size ,pureed ( 2 cups)

Onion-1  medium size, finely chopped or paste

Garlic -2 big clove finely chopped or paste

1 bunch of coriander leaves chopped

5-6 mint leaves

handful of chickpeas- soaked overnight.

(7-8) small meat balls made  from keema added with some herbs and spices of your choice.

Green chili -1 (medium hot) finely chopped

Salt -2 teaspoon

Pepper-1 teaspoon

Cumin powder-1 teaspoon

chili powder-1 teaspoon

1 bay leaf.

2 tablespoon Olive oil

Freek – 2 tablespoon ( It is blé of Wheat , can be substituted with Indian Dalia ,split wheat )

(You can even add Harisa to it, if you like very spicy,I prefer it medium hot.)

**Harisa is chili paste for my friends who donot know.

 

Directions:

In a wok/pan  heat oil  and  add  bay leaf, chopped onion, garlic, chili and fry them for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.

Add the spices and fry for a minute.

 Add tomato puree  and Sauté for 2 minutes till you see oil separates from gravy.

Add now 5-6 cups of water and bring to a boil.

Now add meat balls, chopped coriander , mint , chickpeas and frik .

Cover the lid  and Cook it on low flame for 20 minutes .

Garnish with some fresh coriander on top and lemon juice before serving.

You can choose to make it thick or watery , as you prefer to have your soup. If you want it more thick add less water .We like it a bit more liquid.

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Frittes Omelettes

 

Another recipe from my husband , quite similar to Tortilla spanish omelette,  It is quite easy and do try it out when you are bored of normal omelette.

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Here is the recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes                   Cooking time : 15 minutes

Serves : 2

Ingredients

2 big potatoes

2 eggs.

3 tablespoon of milk.

Some shredded cheese for topping and 2 cheese portions.

To Sprinkle (pepper powder,garlic powder, salt,chili powder as per your taste)

Fresh chopped parsley or coriander.

One spring onion chopped( white part)

half chopped  yellow pepper

2 tablespoon of oil.

 

Directions :

Add oil to wok and start frying the potatoes on medium flame. Cover on low flame for 3-4 mins till they become soft.

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Meanwhile beat the eggs with chopped onion , pepper and spices. Add milk to the eggs.

 

Check the potatoes if they are soft.

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Now add the egg mixture to the potatoes ,

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Do not move the beaten eggs mix in pan,  let it cook on low flame , add the portion cheese , chopped  parsley and cover with  shredded cheese .

Once you see the eggs  looked cooked and cheese is melted, turn off the flame.

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You can eat it like this or with bread as you prefer.

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Ijaa (Chakchouka with Sausage )

Chakchouka ( read as Shakshuka)  is quite popular mediterranean food and easy to cook as well . In Algeria and Tunisia they add merguez (sausages ) to it which even makes it more tasty!

Do give it a try, I am sure you will love this combination of eggs,sausages, and spices

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Preparation time : 10 minutes                                            Cooking time : 15-20 mins

Serves :2 

Ingredients

Tomato  1 medium size ,cut into big pieces

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Green pepper  –  1/2 ,finely chopped

Garlic -4 big cloves finely chopped

Sausages -2

Tomato puree or sauce -2 tablespoon

Green chili -1 (medium hot) finely chopped

Salt -1 teaspoon

Pepper-1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder-1/2 teaspoon

chili powder-1/2 teaspoon

paprika powder -1/2 teaspoon

Persil  (for dressing)

2 big eggs

2 tablespoon Olive oil

(You can even add Harisa to it, if you like very spicy,I prefer it medium hot.

**Harisa is chili paste for my friends who donot know.

*If is hard to find freshly made sausages like in India , it can be substituted with kebab or small meat balls made  from keema)

Directions:

In a wok/pan  heat oil  and  add chopped onion,garlic,chili and green pepper and fry them for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.
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Add the spices and fry for a minute.
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Add now tomatoes. Sauté for 2 minutes.
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Now add pieces of sausage,and fry them until they look cooked.
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Now add  tomato paste  and salt.Cover the lid for 3-4 minutes on low flame.
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Now add eggs on top, do not move the eggs and let it cook on low flame.
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Top it with some persil or coriander and enjoy with bread .
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Mahchi(Mahshi) – Baked Vegetables Stuffed with Rice,Minced Meat !

This dish is Algerian,  my husband calls it Mahshi but writes as Mahchi in french , I absolutely loved it,

It has rice, some minced meat, veggies,some spicy sauce and cheese on top! ,

absolutely finger licking and lip smacking good!

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                                  Preparation Time: 15 mins         Cooking time :30- 40 mins

                                   Serves – 2 

Ingredients:

Potato 1 big

Tomato    1 big

Green pepper     1 medium

Brinjal      half, medium

Minced meat (100-200 gms) Depends, if you want to add more meat and less rice in stuffing or vice-versa .

Boiled rice, 2 cups

Tomato puree or sauce -1 cup for sauce

Green chili -1

Salt -1 teaspoon

Pepper-1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder-1/2 teaspoon

Garlic Powder-1/2 teaspoon

chili powder-1/2 teaspoon

Dry origano,Persil  (to sprinkle on sauce)

Shredded Cheese for topping

2 tablespoon Olive oil

Directions :

Peel the vegetables and make them hollow like this :

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Now we will first prepare the stuffing of rice with minced meat.

Put one tablespoon of olive oil in pan, Add minced meat, Fry it with spices(salt,chili powder,cumin powder,garlic powder,pepper )  and add rice to it,

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Fry the rice well and put off the flame.

Now stuff the vegetables with this rice stuffing.

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Place them in baking tray.

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After this, we will prepare the sauce to pour it over the stuffed vegetables,

Take oil in pan, add tomato puree, sprinkle some salt, pepper,chili powder, dried oregano and persil  on the sauce and mix with a spoon, add the chopped chili to it as well!

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When you see oil separating from sauce, turn off the flame and pour it over the stuffed vegetables.

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Cover them with some cheese and bake them for 20 minutes for 250 degree Celsius.Depends on your oven too if they are slow or fast, you need to adjust accordingly.

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Enjoy different flavour of veggies with rice stuffing and sauce!

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