Heba & Noor
Heba Khamis comes from Amman, Jordan and wanted to share the recipe for Araess, which translates directly to 'the bride' a snack food that she remembers disappearing almost as quickly as it was made in her family home. She didn't learn to cook in Amman so whenever she wants to learn how to cook traditional food, she calls her aunt, mom and sister for their recipes. She also loves creating fusion foods such as halloumi pizza for Noor. She feels culture is disappearing younger generations and thinks of cooking and sharing traditional food as a way of passing love to children. Noor prefers cooking cakes and desserts, but loves to sing and dance to Jordanian music. Heba says her mom raised her to present things beautifully, so the aesthetic of food is really important to her. One thing she misses from Jordan is the way people eat directly with their hands, as if caressing the food before eating.
Preparation time : 30 minutes
Cooking time : 20 - 30 minutes
Serves : 8-12 people
1 1/2 kilos of meat preferably Extra Lean Beef .
1 cup flat leaf parsley.
1 medium size Onion
1-2 cloves of Garlic
1 large Tomato or 2 medium
1 large Green bell pepper or 2 medium
1 Tbsp Salt
pinch of Black pepper
1-2 Tbsp Seven spices you can find it in any Arabic store .
2-3 Tbsp of pomegranate molasses
About 1/2 cup olive oil, you can add more if needed.
4 packs of Pita bread (Heba usesPita Grec brand)
Blend the onion & garlic clove until lightly diced, then add the parsley and blend more. Put the meat in a big bowl, add parsley mixture, seven spices, salt and mix them all by hand , then cover and keep it in the fridge .
Dice the tomato and green peppers in to small cubes.
Remove meat from fridge. Add the tomato and pepper mixture and the pomegranate molasses and mix them together .
Preheat the oven at 375F
In a small bowl put the olive oil , then start cutting the pita bread in half and start brushing the oil inside and outside the bread . Now time to start stuffing the bread with the meat mixture , take a handful ball of meat and spread it in side the bread evenly make sure it’s not too thick so the meat will be cooked properly. Line them in the baking tray, put the tray in the oven from 20 to 30 minutes making sure both sides of the bread getting crunchy .
Serve with salad and yogurt .
Photo credit: Salima Punjani
Photo Credit: Noor