Thursday, 19 February 2015

Lubia bi Zeit with Maftoul & Spiced Roast Potatoes - Suma Blogger's Network

These recipes have been inspired by my recent delivery from Suma, for my second Blogger's Network post of the year. When I ordered Maftoul and Lebanese 7 spice, I had no idea what to do with them! After looking through my cook books and Googling for various Middle-Eastern recipes, I came up with this themed meal:

Serves 4

Lubia bi Zeit (Lebanese Green Bean Stew)
This vegan bean stew can be served hot or warm. The mushrooms and peppers aren't traditional, but I think they give the stew more flavour and texture. Serve with pitta, for an alternative, quick meal.
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g/8oz fresh green beans, ends trimmed, cut in half
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 100g/4oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large clove of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp Alfez Lebanese Baharat 7 spice mix (use less if you prefer a milder flavour)
Heat the oil in a large pan.
Fry the onion gently for around 5 minutes, until golden brown. Add the tomato purée and spice mix and cook out for a further 2 minutes.
Add all of the remaining ingredients and stir together.
Simmer with the lid on for 20-25 minutes, or until the beans are almost tender. Uncover the pan and simmer for a further 5-10 minutes to reduce the sauce.

Maftoul with Chickpeas 
Maftoul, also known as Palestinian couscous, is similar to giant couscous, but is made from sun-dried bulgur wheat which is hand rolled, giving it an uneven grain size. This dish is traditionally made with chicken.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 125g/5 oz/¾ cup maftoul
  • 350ml/1½ cups boiling water/vegetable stock
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ½ tin of chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained
  • 2 tsp  Alfez Lebanese Baharat 7 spice mix
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 cinnamon stick
Heat the oil in a pan, on a medium-low heat. Gently fry the onion for a few minutes, until softened. Add all of the remaining ingredients and stir.
Simmer for around 20 minutes, with the lid on, stirring occasionally.

7 Spiced Potatoes
  • 450g/1lb baking potatoes, scrubbed and cut into wedges or chunks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp  Alfez Lebanese Baharat 7 spice mix
  • ½ lemon, cut into chunks
Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 6/400F 
Coat the potato wedges in the oil and spices. 
Place in baking dish, top with the lemon pieces and cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes, shaking occasionally, then uncover and roast for a further 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Labneh is a basic soft cheese, made by straining yogurt through muslin to remove excess water/whey and then adding flavourings. I didn't bother to strain my yogurt, as I used thick Greek yogurt.
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  • 7.5cm/3" chunk of cucumber, de-seeded, diced and blotted dry on kitchen towel
  • 250ml/1 cup Greek yoghurt, or vegan plain yogurt - strained, if you have time
  • 1 tbsp fresh, chopped mint or 1 tsp dried mint
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed
Mix all of the ingredients together. Chill until needed.

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