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Middle Eastern Menu

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Middle Eastern food is marked by signature spices and tastes that ignite the senses. Today on the blog, we are featuring recipes for our Palak Paneer, Pulao Rice and Falafels – a flavorful meal that will make your mouth water.

Palak Paneer is made by sweating onions and tomatoes, then adding dry ingredients (Curry Leaves, Fennel Seeds, Garam Masala Powder, Chili Powder, Turmeric Powder, Coriander Powder, Fenugreek) to form a paste. It is really important that the paste stays moist during this process. Once the paste is ready, add a generous amount of fresh spinach leaves and water. Cook this for mixture for a good 45 minutes (or longer) until the spinach has become almost saucy. If you’re feeling it, add some garbanzo beans or peas. Add a touch of cream, salt and pepper to taste and… voila! It’s finished.

Now, for the perfect falafel! Start by soaking fresh garbanzos overnight. Puree the garbanzos, adding onion, garlic, parsley and cilantro – also pureed. Mix in the dry ingredients; cayenne, coriander, cumin, cardamom, baking powder, and all-purpose flour. With all ingredients combined, roll the mixture into a paste and coat with sesame seeds. Deep fry the falafel until they’re golden brown and cooked through.

Pulao Rice is a vegetarian side made with clarified butter (ghee) onions, saffron rice, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom seeds and golden raisins. Serve this rice beside the paneer and felafel – and you have a meal to impress. Call us today on (650) 961-3300 if you’re interested in having us make this feast for you!

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