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Malban … handicraft made from grape juice in Homs

Syrian towns and regions are often famous for the cultivation of a specific crop, therefore, making Malban in Homs is one of them, the specifically, in the village of Al Mutadarad in the western countryside of Homs, it is the most unique in Syria.

Malban traditionally comes from the grapevines of Al Mutadarad village that is famous for making this type of handicraft.

Thickened with starch and flavored with rosewater, it is mainly used to make traditional Arabic sweets that have been around for many centuries.

Qudrat Qader (Chocolate flan cake)

Chocoflan recipe, also known as chocolate flan cake is a delicious two in one type of dessert. The bottom part is a chocolate cake with a rich, deep flavor and  more like a brownie with a sticky consistency while the upper is a creamy flan with luscious caramel.

This cake mix is also known as the impossible cake and in the Arab region, it goes with "Qudrat Qader" which literally translates to the word impossible. This is because you put bother batters in and they bake separately into a wonderfully delicious cake. It is often made with chocolate cake to highlight the contrasting colors and make it look more appealing.

Aubergine salad with tahini

Summer is just about to end, we'll soon say our goodbyes to the beautiful sunny skies, hot weather and cold dishes.

This cold eggplant salad recipe with yogurt and tahini dressing is full of flavors and textures.  It is a delicious Syrian and Middle Eastern salad. Simple chopped veggies dressed in yogurt and tahini, and topped with crunchy pita pieces.

It is easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients handy. The dressing in this recipe is so tasty and delicious. It is a combination of flavors like extra version olive oil, lime juice, garlic, tahini, salt and yogurt. Some people do not like adding garlic

Pita bread pieces are optional for the salad. So either bake them with some olive oil for 10 minutes in a 400F oven or use the traditional method which is deep frying.

It is a popular Syrian mezza that is adaptable to your liking.

Dried figs ... a heritage industry and an excellent income source for the people of Homs countryside

Dried figs are a delicious fruit which contain a package of nutrients and offer a variety of health benefits. They have high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and calcium, zinc, minerals, magnesium and manganese potassium.

Dried figs are made from Fig fruits, and the "grandmother" method for making food is still used a lot.  The families that are working in this industry dry the figs, rinse gently and pat with a clean cloth to dry them. Then they place them under the sun to dry and collect them at night. Again, they place them in a pot of boiling water and expose them to sun heat once again until they become dry and weathered.

Oozy with Yogurt Salad

Oozy is a very popular dish in Syria and the Levant area ( Jordan and Palestine). It is usually made in wedding celebrations, gatherings, Ramadan and also Eid. Oozy is basically rice, vegetables, and ground meat wrapped in a pastry sheet. Today we are going to make a chicken version wrapped in puff pastry.

 

We will need:

• 3 cups of basmati rice.

• 3 Tbs of olive oil.