Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Koshary, Sahlab and Konafa

Koshary - Egyptian version of a 'mess of pottage' from Biblical times - brown lentils, rice, caramelized onions and macaroni, garnished with chickpeas and garlic tomato sauce (daqqah), served with additional tomato sauce and house-made hot sauce (shattah) to dress as desired.

Sahlab - a fragrant Middle Eastern hot beverage made from the ground roots of an orchid, garnished with grated coconut, raisins, chopped pistachios and slivered almonds.  The authentic ingredient is very rare and expensive and a substitute is often served.

Konafa - a Middle Eastern cheese pastry with a layer of a mild white, feta-like cheese sandwiched between layers of grated coconut, drizzled with simple syrup, garnished with raisins and crushed pistachios and lightly toasted on a griddle.

From Dandanah Grill and Cafe

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