Welcome back to our Qatar Home Cooks series! Each week we will feature two talented home cooks with a passion for whipping up delicious meals in their kitchen.
Qatar is a nation of food lovers with an amazing range of citizens from across the globe. With so many top-notch cooks at home right now, we thought it’s time to share some tried and tested recipes that you can try too.
So let’s take a peek into the kitchens of two of Qatar’s talented home cooks to see what’s cooking.
Has Covid19 changed the way you cook at home? Yes, it has very much changed the way I cook. Now I try to cook fresh food daily and in limited portions. I check on the nutrients and use good oils in my cooking. Like many people, I am experimenting with new dishes. I’m very happy with the end results and good reviews from my family. Some things I would like to continue post-COVID-19 are cleaning and properly storing the food and other supplies to avoid wastage. We are looking into limiting the amount of junk and sugary food during weekends to be replaced by special homecooked meals
What is your dish? Indian Borage (Indian Mint) or Beetroot Paratha (Indian Flat Bread)
Why have you chosen this dish? Firstly, I am proud of this recipe as it is one of my own creations. The Indian Borage has been abundantly growing in my humble kitchen garden and knowing its goodness, I did not want it to go to waste (We use Indian Borage to treat colds and flu symptoms such as runny nose/throat irritation/chest congestion). Also, because the paratha not only tastes good but it is packed with goodness.
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Has Covid19 changed the way you cook at home? Covid19 has created more family time and getting together over the dinner table. It’s important at this time especially with bedroom-dwelling teenagers so my cooking has shifted to cooking more family meals. I use more pantry ingredients, buy vegetables and fruit in bulk and fill the freezer with home-made sauces, pesto and chutneys. I’m also enjoying having more time in the kitchen and experimenting with different recipes – so I spend a lot of time re-creating dishes that I used to order at restaurants. I spend lots and lots of time baking.
What’s your dish? Malaysian Mee Goreng (a popular stir-fried noodle dish).
Why did you choose this dish?
I love street food and spent a year living in Indonesia and Malaysia. Mee Goreng is my ultimate comfort food. Take a good quality noodle with simple seasonings and throw pretty much any vegetable or protein in there, stir fry it over a real high heat and you have a bowl of slurpy goodness!
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