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Sunday, July 29, 2012

MWA's Eren Cervantes-Altamiranov shares a favorite recipe, Kibbeh Charola

Growing up in Mexico City, one of my first interactions with Arabs and Muslims was through the Lebanese community in Mexico. Although Mexico is a largely multicultural country and its cuisine has been largely recognized as a mix of different cultures, the dominant identity discourse these days is the mix between Indigenous peoples and the Spanish colonizers (mestizaje). (Read More)

    Kibbeh Charola

    500 gr. Extra lean ground beef or lamb

    1 cup of corn semolina

    Half an onion diced

    Salt (according to taste)

    2 table spoons of olive oil

    1/3 cup of pine nuts

    2 table spoons of pomegranate molasses (if you don’t find them just use one spoon of regular molasses and one spoon of pomegranate juice)

    ½ cup of fresh mint

    Black pepper to season
    1-      Mix the meat with the salt and the pepper. Divide the meat in two balls.

    2-      Fry the onion in the olive oil and add the molasses.

    3-      Take one of the balls of meat and add the semolina and the pine nuts.

    4-      Fry the meat mixed with the pine nuts, along with the onion and the molasses, until golden. This is your filling.

    5-      Prepare a round baking pan and make a thin layer with part of the second half of the meat (you will use the rest to cover the filling).

    6-      Put the filling on top of the first layer of meat. Make sure it is well distributed.

    7-      Cover the filling with the rest of the second ball of meat.

    8-      Sprinkle a bit of pepper at the top.

    9-      Pre-heat your oven to 375 F (180 C).

    10-    Bake the kibbeh for 40 minutes or until well cooked.

    11-    Sprinkle with fresh mint and serve warm.

Eren Arruna Cervantes is a University student in Canada. She specializes in gender politics and feminist religious movements, particularly Islamic Feminism. She is a convert to Islam since 2009 and hopes to become an Islamic scholar in the future. In addition to being a member of Muslimah Writers Alliance, Eren also writes for Muslmah Media Watch and hosts a travel blog.

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