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Syrian Sfiha

Sfiha also known as lamacun is a popular Mediterranean pizza. It is also known as Armenian pizza, Turkish pizza and also called in Syria Sfiha. It is crisp at the edges and softens as you reach the center. Topped with an amazing ground meat mixture that is spiced up using all the good things.

It is tradishional dish on Ramadan Table.

Making Sfiha has two parts: First part is making the dough. Second comes the topping. Then assemble and bake so here is what you’ll need for the dough.

Date shake

A super easy recipe that can be enjoyed in the afternoon or as a treat after dinner.  Date shake also shows up a lot on Syrian table during the holy month of Ramadan. it is the best kid-friendly power boosting drink.

Sweet dates and creamy vanilla-flavored milk are blended together to get this date shake or date milkshake, it is nutritious and healthy.

Dates are very nutritious. In Syria and Middle East, dates are believed to be the most nutritional fruit in nature. Despite their calories, dates are high in antioxidants, fiber, several vitamins and minerals.

 

Ingredients

1/3 cup dates – 4 or 5 soft Medjool dates pits removed.

1 cup milk.

1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Optional but highly recommended.

More dates for the cups if you like, Cinnamon and nutmeg for decoration.

kousa bi laban (Zucchinis in yogurt)

kousa bi laban or Zucchinis in yogurt  is a traditional and delicious syrian and Middle Eastern main dish specally in Ramadan.

It is Cored and stuffed baby zucchini, filled with herbal spiced rice mixtures and cooked in a garlicky yogurt sauce. The sauce is a combination of Arabic laban, which is fermented sheep’s milk and regular full-fat yogurt, giving it a really unctuous flavor. If you can’t find sheep’s milk yogurt, using 100% regular full-fat yogurt works as well.

In south Syrians, it is called (kousa mehshi) and in the south is (sheikh al mehshi), but both of them are cooked exactly the same.

Baked kubbeh (kubbeh bel saineh)

Kebbeh is a very famous Syrian and Levantine dish. it is served as an appetizer, main dish, party food or even the perfect portable lunch. Kubbeh comes in many shapes, forms and types. Aleppo in Syria is famous for having over 17 types of it! These include kubbeh prepared with sumac, yogurt, quince, lemon juice, pomegranate sauce, cherry sauce, and other varieties, such as raw kubbeh.

Baked kubbeh or kubbeh bel saineh is a combination of spices, meat and bulgur, and it is an elegant dish to serve to friends and family in Ramadan.

 

For the stuffing

1- 250g beef or lamb mince

2- 2 heaped tablespoons pine nuts or almonds (optional)

3- 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses (optional)

4- 1 small, finely chopped onion

Olive oil

Pinch cinnamon, cardamom, allspice

Salt

Mabroosheh

Mabroosheh is a traditional sweet recipe that is popular in Ramadan in Syria. It literally means that which is grated, the name comes from the fact that the dough is actually grated to make the top of these delicious bars.  Mabroosheh is usually made with marmalade or any jam you prefer.

For the dough

• 1 stick or butter

• 1/4 cup oil

• 3/4 cup sugar

• 3 eggs

• zest of 1 orange

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

• 1/2 cup yogurt

• 5 to 5 and 1/2 cups flour

• 1 and 1/2 cups powdered milk

• 1 tablespoon baking powder

• 1 teaspoon baking soda

• 1 teaspoon rose-water

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

• ½ teaspoon cardamom (optional)