This week, we’re introducing two new Qatar Home Cooks with a passion for food. Meet Manel Boushaba, originally from Algeria and Samina Anique from India.
Covid19 has inspired many people to experiment with new recipes and new skills. Our Qatar Home Cooks series features people from all walks of life, backgrounds, ages and experience with one unifying feature – they’re passionate about cooking.
Whether you’re new to cooking, rediscovering your love of the kitchen or looking for foodie inspiration, these tried and tested recipes from our ILQ community will hopefully spark the creative home cook in you too.
If you’d like to be featured in this cooking series please get in touch.
Has Covid19 changed the way you cook at home? Covid19 has not changed my cooking style. For the past three years I have tried to eat homemade food. However, I have learned more about food conservation and now I have more time to discover and try new recipes.
What is your dish? Algerian chakhchoukha - a traditional meat stew prepared for happy, festive celebrations such as Eid or weddings. This dish originates from Constantine (east of Algeria) and comes in several versions. The preparation of this dish begins with the production of bread patties made with a simple dough composed of semolina, salt and water. The patties are semi-cooked and then crumbled and dried.
Why did you choose this dish? I try to cook a traditional dish every Friday
Instagram: @manel_biochimiste Facebook: manel boushaba
Servings: 2 people
500 grams of chakhchouka semolina bread
400 grams minced meat of your choice (lamb, chicken, veal)
¼ cup of cooked chickpeas
1 large onion - chopped
3 cloves of garlic - crushed
1 tomato - chopped
2 tbsp concentrated tomato
10 tablespoons of oil + 50g of butter
1 tsp caraway + 1/2 tsp extra for minced meat
1 tsp coriander +1/2 tsp extra for minced meat
1 tsp paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1. 5 litres of hot water
2 hardboiled eggs - peeled
½ teaspoon ras el hanout (North African spice mix)
½ teaspoon red hot chilli pepper
a. Preparation of the sauce:
b. Preparation of the Chakhchoukha:
Has Covid19 changed the way you cook at home? Yes indeed, I have tried many new dishes especially during the holy month of Ramadan. Our iftars were spent at home. Also for the first time, I baked chocolate cream cake on my anniversary and for my son’s birthday plus a variety of sweet dishes for my kids to keep them happy at home during the lockdown.
What is your dish? Mom’s Special Mutton Biryani
Why did you choose this dish? It’s one of my mom’s best recipes. I cook this on every occasion and my family loves it very much!
Instagram: @saminique, Facebook @Samina Anique, Twitter @Samina Anique
Servings: 6 - 8 people
Total cooking time: 1- 1/2 Hours
½ kg mutton (cut in medium pieces)
500g long grain basmati rice
4 tbsp cooking oil
2 tbsp pure cow’s butter (ghee)
4 medium-size onions
3 tbsp ginger garlic paste
10 whole black peppers
2 cinnamon sticks
2 anise flowers
4 bay leaves
3 tsp salt (according to taste)
6 – 8 green chillis
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp whole spice (garam masala powder)
1 tbsp coriander seed
1 tbsp fennel seed
1 tsp cumin seed
8 green cardamoms
1 whole nutmeg
100 ml beaten yoghurt
8 saffron strands (soaked in 2 tbsp milk)
1 tbsp orange food colouring (soaked in water)
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp lemon juice
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