It’s the time of the year again where we honor and celebrate and give thanks to our dads. For some fathers, this is one unique day where they can really show how much they love their kids. Coincidentally, this year, Father’s Day falls within Ramadan! I think this is a great opportunity to give thanks to blessings we normally take for granted, such as the very meals we eat every day. Those who are in fast usually sit down with the community and eat their meals together.
Since Ramadan would have just started, and Father’s Day will be celebrated on the 21st, we prepared some local food recipes that fathers can cook at home!
Morrocan Vegetable Soup (Chorba)
Chorba is a soup dish popular in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. It has been a popular dish during Ramadan ever since. This version of the Chorba is done with a Morrocan twist. So, if you’re looking for a smorgasbord of vegetables in a rich beef broth with striking flavours, this soup will satisfy your craving.
Check out this recipe for the full instructions on cooking this dish.
Fig and Lemon Chicken
Imagine: Roasted chicken thighs with slices of figs and lemon, glazed with a vinegar and brown sugar syrup… What a twist to the usual roasted chicken! This is an easy and sumptuous meal dads can cook at home. On a baking pan, arrange some fig and lemon slices, as well as the chicken thighs. Combine the vinegar, lemon juice, brown sugar, and water and pour onto the chicken. Sprinkle with salt, parsley, and pepper to taste, and then pop the pan in the oven. Cook for 50 minutes, while basting for every 10 minutes. Serve in a platter with all the juices in the pan!
Here’s the full recipe.
Chicken and Vegetable Sambousek
If you’re looking for yummy and fulfilling food that you can cook one-time and keep in the fridge for reheating from time to time, this chicken and vegetable sambousek is the answer. It has chicken slices, eggplants, tomatoes, and zucchinis flavoured with a range of spices and seeds for texture. This pastry dish will be a good food choice not just for the start of Ramadan, but for the coming days as well.
Here’s the full recipe.
Making this salad/vegetarian dish might be painstakingly hard, but beating a way around it isn’t gonna hurt as much. Traditionally, mounds of parsley & mint should be finely chopped by hand and mixed with couscous, portions of chopped onions, tomatoes, mint leaves, and bulgur. But of course, there’s the food processor for instant chopping, just don’t blend the ingredients too much (10-second bursts will do). Toss, and then drizzle a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste.
If you’re intrigued with tabbouleh’s texture and taste, click here.
I first tasted samosas when we joined our friends in an Iftar.. I never knew something so simple and innocent-looking can pack so much flavour! Chicken samosas are dumpling-like finger food items perfect for snacking. However, I think this is also a nice dinner meal. Cooking it is simple, but preparing this will test your patience. Boil a whole chicken in water with salt and onion until tender. Take it out of the water and let it cool before removing the meat from the bone. Then, you can either use a food processor or chop them up good to make very tiny cuts before setting aside. Chop more onions and garlic as well as chillies then mix them all together. Sautee the mixture a bit more and let it cool. Samosas can use pre-made dough, but I think making it from scratch is better. Well, making the dough shouldn’t take long. It’s only made up of flour, ghee, and salt. Knead until the desired thickness is reached. Then, take small portions and make a wrap by pressing it against your hand. Put ample amounts of the filling inside, and fry. Serve with a sweet-chili dip!
Here’s how you can make the perfect samosas dough.
Sfiha or Lahm Bi Ajin
This is basically another pastry treat with lamb seared in rich spices such as parsley, cilantro, paprika, as well as chilli. The lamb-based topping is first sautéed in olive oil with onion and garlic, until the meat becomes tender. Of course, this meal isn’t as authentic without kneading the dough by hand. Once the dough has rested and risen, put ample amounts of the toppings on each pizza and pop them in the oven. Surprisingly, all of this should only take an hour and a half or less.
Here’s where you can check the full recipe.
Avocado Date Smoothie
A meal won’t be complete without a sweet treat… This is where this thick, creamy, and smooth refreshment comes into play. Before preparing the avocado and dates smoothie, freeze some chopped avocado and banana slices overnight. Once frozen, put them in a blender, together with your choice of milk, a few drops of vanilla extract, and 2-3 pieces of dates (seeds removed). Blend until smooth, and enjoy! You can also add ice cubes if you find it too thick.
Click here for the complete recipe.
What dish did you find most delicious? What other dishes will you cook for Father’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!