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Bites Fil Beit Ramadan: Ferakh bel asal eswed – Chicken with molasses

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day and consists of an array of dishes. Traditionally the meal starts with juice, to prepare the stomach for the feast that is to come, and a savoury soup. Appetisers are up next, followed by a main course and a sweet dessert completes the meal.

Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus for light meals because of the warm days, accompanied with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.

Bites Fil BeitDrink:                    Dates with milk

Soup:                    Cabbage soup

Salad:                    Beet salad

Appetiser:           Meat rolls with vegetables

Main course:      Chicken with black honey

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Dessert:               Egyptian sweet rokak

 

Ingredients

  • 1 medium chicken, cut in 4 or 8 parts – fe-rakh
  • 1/2 cup molasses – a’-sal es-wed
  • 4 boiled potatoes, cooked semi-tender, sliced thickly – ba-ta-tes
  • 2 tbsp vinegar – ghal
  • 1/4 tbsp nutmeg – go-zit el-teeb
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon – er-fa
  • 1/4 tbsp ginger powder – gan-za-beel na-shef
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract – va-nil-ya sai-la
  • 1/2 tbsp rosemary, chopped – rose-ma-ry
  • 4 tbsp corn oil – zeit dor-a
  • 1 lemon, sliced – la-moon
  • salt and pepper – malh and fel-fel

 

Directions

  • Add the vinegar, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, 2 tbsp oil, salt and pepper to a big bowl.
  • Add the chicken to the mixture and stir well to coat completely on all sides and set aside.
  • Place the potatoes, rosemary, the rest of the oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well.
  • Heat the oven on 180C.
  • Transfer the chicken and potatoes to a rack and put into the oven for about 30 minutes or until tender.
  • Serve on a large plate and garnish with slices of lemon.

 

Note

Instead of using the oven you can place the chicken and potatoes under the grill. Makes sure to turn the parts regularly.


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