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Hello everyone,

I'm Dina Porell, I'm Egyptian and I live in South Korea now. I'm an expert in Egyptian and middle eastern food. So if you want to ask about any recipe please ask me and I'll be more than happy to answer you.

post #2 of 11

Welcome to Cheftalk Dina,

 

Glad to have you aboard.

 

There are a few questions I have. In making konafah, which noodles are used ? Do you have a recipe you could share ?

 

I also wanted to know about dukkah, I am looking for a good recipe blend , can you please post one ?  If you have any history on these recipes or comments, I would enjoy reading about it.

 

Thank you,

 

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Hello Petalsandcoco,

You can buy Konafah noodles from any Halal pastry shop, they are very thin. As for the recipe it depend on what kind of konafah do you want to make. There is a cream konafah, there is nuts konafah and there is a cone konafah. Please tell me which recipe do you want and I'll be happy to share it with you.

 

As for dukkah I'm going to tell you about it right now.

Ingredients:

1-small cup of sesame

2- small cup of dry coriander seeds

3- small cup of cumin seeds

4- salt

5- chili powder

6- black pepper to taste

 

You can add more or less ingredients as you need

 

Preparations:

1-roast the first three ingredients

2-mix all of the ingredients together

3- put them in a mortar and smash them until it be powder

 

I hope it was helpful and please feel free to ask about more recipes

 

Dina

post #4 of 11

Dolmas, what's your take on them?

post #5 of 11

Hello Dina. My grandmother was Lebanese and a great home cook. Sadly I was too young at the time to keep note of the recipes. She used to prepare a delicious fish with celery and walnuts sauce, that i was unable to reproduce. Do you have such recipe? Maybe it was an invention of her, not sure it's a Lebanese recipe. Thanks.

post #6 of 11

I don't know Egyptian food at all! If you could pick one or two staple dishes that represent Egypt and detail them, maybe give a recipe or two, I would be very curious to read about them give them a try. Always exciting to learn about a different culture. 

 

Thanks for your offer!

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Hey Ordo,

to be honest with you I don't know your grandmother's recipe but I'm sure it is delicious. I have other fish recipe and I'll share it with you.

 

Ingredients:

1-one big fish

2-salt

3-cumin

4- one tablespoon of smashed garlic

5- chili powder

6- flour

7- oil

 

Sauce ingredients:

1- one lemon juice

2- a small cup of tihini

3- one onion

4- one teaspoon of salt

5- one teaspoon of black pepper

 

Preparations:

1- clean the fish from inside and remove the guts.

2- mix the garlic with spices together

3- put the mix inside the fish and spread it well

4- powder the fish with flour and cover it well

5- heat the oil and fry the fish. The oil must be deep

6- after 2 minutes flip the fish on the other side

It takes a few minutes to be done

 

Sauce:

1- boil the onion and add teaspoon of salt and the water and leave it until the onion is soft.

2- put the onion, lemon juice, tihini and one teaspoon of salt and black pepper in the blender.

3- blend them all together. It might need some water

4- add a little water and blend it well until the onion is mixed.

 

I hope you like it.

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hey French Fries,

 

I'll share the fried kofta with you. In Egypt we have a thousand types of kofta and each of them has a unique taste and different flavor.

Fried kofta is one of my favorites. It’s very easy to make and very fast. It takes a few minutes to be done.

Serves Two
Ingredients:
1- 300g of ground beef
2- one onion
3- salt
4- black pepper
5- chili powder
6- cinnamon, spice to taste
7- one egg
8- soft breadcrumbs
9- oil

Preparation:
1- bring a deep bowl
2-shred the onion
3- add the beef and the spices
4- mix it all well
5- roll the beef and make it into fingers
6- use another bowl and beat the egg
7- put the beef fingers in the egg
8- then put it in the breadcrumbs and cover it well
9- fry it in deep oil
10- keep stirring it until it gets golden brown, and it’s done!

 

For more recipes please visit my blog: http://dinasnotebook.blogspot.kr/

post #9 of 11
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Hello Petalsandcoco,

You can buy Konafah noodles from any Halal pastry shop, they are very thin. As for the recipe it depend on what kind of konafah do you want to make. There is a cream konafah, there is nuts konafah and there is a cone konafah. Please tell me which recipe do you want and I'll be happy to share it with you.

 

As for dukkah I'm going to tell you about it right now.

Ingredients:

1-small cup of sesame

2- small cup of dry coriander seeds

3- small cup of cumin seeds

4- salt

5- chili powder

6- black pepper to taste

 

You can add more or less ingredients as you need

 

Preparations:

1-roast the first three ingredients

2-mix all of the ingredients together

3- put them in a mortar and smash them until it be powder

 

I hope it was helpful and please feel free to ask about more recipes

 

Dina

Just the info I was looking for. Thank you so much for taking the time to post . I hear that this type of recipe can have a few spins on it depending the family, recipes passed down from other generations , area etc.

The Konafah recipe I was hoping to get is  custard-filled with  raisins.

 

Great thread, thank you.

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post #10 of 11

Thanks Dina for the Kofte recipe! It sounds very good and I look forward to trying it. I'll check out your blog too for more ideas. 

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Petals,

Here's the konafa recipe, we make the syrup at home so I'll talk about the syrup first.

 

Syrup:

1- 2 cups of sugar

2- 2 cups of water

I use medium sized cup

3-one lemon juice

4- one tablespoon of vanilla
 

Preparations:

1- add the sugar to the water in a pot

2- place the mix on medium heat

3-once the sugar melt, add the lemon juice

4- leave it to boil, it takes about 5 minutes to boil.

5- reduce the heat

6- by that time it should be thicker

7- taste it by a spoon, take some on the spoon and left it up and drop the syrup back in the pot, if the drop stayed where it is and didn't get bigger it means it's done.

8- turn the burner off

9- and add the vanilla to the syrup.

10- leave it to cool

 

Custard:

custard is very easy to make, just buy the powder from a supermarket and make it at home, after you finish you can add raisins to it.

 

Konafa:

 

Ingredients:

1- half kilo of konafa

2- one cup of melted butter

 

Preparations:

1- heat the oven 180 degree

2- put the konafa in a deep pot and try to separate the noodles with your fingertips

3- add 1/3 of the butter on it, then add some of the syrup too

4- mix all with your hand

5- bring an oven pot of a size 45cm, and spread the butter on the bottom

6- take half of the konafa and put on the bottom and press on it

7- take some of the konafa and put it on the pot sides

8- add the custard and spread it well

9- add the rest of konafa on the top of the custard and press on it. And make sure you covered  the custard well

10- spread some butter on the top of it

11- bake it in the oven for 20 minutes

12- flip it on the other side and bake it for another 20 minutes. Or until it get golden brown

13- take out of the oven and pour the syrup on the top of it

14- leave it to cool and to drink all of the syrup

15- cut it and eat it

 

I hope you enjoy it

 

Dina

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