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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Mom's Riz-b-Tfeen

Riz-b-Tfeen is one of my favourite dishes that was on the top of the list for mom to make.

It is a stove-top rice and meat stew that is filled with spices and eaten with yogurt.

You start with the meat. Stewing beef is cooked slowly on stove top on low heat until all its liquid is absorbed.

Once the meat is ready, it is seasoned with all spice, cinnamon and salt.
The rest is easy. Add about 1.5 cups of cooked chickpeas to 1 lb of meat. Throw in a pealed onion and 5.5 cups of water.

Spicing is key - a generous amount of salt, cinnamon, and allspice

But most important is caraway powder (at least 1 Tbsp).

Bring all to boil. Add 2 cups of rice (medium grain is best) and cook until ready.

Eat warm with yogurt.

What goes great with Riz-b-Tfeen are full radishes with their greens.

Mom's radish cleaning process starts with soaking the radishes with their greens in water and a bit of white vinegar for 15 minutes. This rinses the dirt off the leaves.
You then soak them in Fruit & Vegetable Soap for 5 minutes. 

For a lower carb version (and probably the more authentic version) you can make this dish with bulgur wheat instead of rice. All else remains the same but we would call it Bulgher-b-Tfeen.

Which adventurous follower is going to try making this dish first? Let me know.


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