Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Samkeh Harra

Samkeh Harrah (also hot fish, samkeh 7arra, samki 7arra, is a delicious Lebanese dish originating in the coastal city of Tripoli. It is known as a very healthy and energetic dish. Many famous small restaurants in the Mina (port) of Tripoli still serve this meal in Lebanese (Pita) bread.

Ingredients - Samkeh Harra:
  • 1 kg fried or grilled fish flaked
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped coriander
  • ½ cup ground pine nuts, almonds, and pistachio nuts
  • 3 cups sesame paste sauce (Taratour)
  • 1 tablespoon dried coriander
  • a dash of ground paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground chili (red pepper)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Preparation:
  • Fry in hot oil onion, bell pepper, and coriander until soft. Stir in spices, salt and ground nuts.
  • Pour sesame paste sauce over the mixture, stir constantly on medium heat until the oil’s bubbles appear and the mixture thickens.
  • Pour mixture in serving platter. Garnish with fish flakes, lemon wedges, fried pine nuts and some chopped parsley.

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