I am mad about all things Arabic. From food,music to art and the language it all intrigues me. During my London days , I was first introduced to the Arab way and my education came from food. I was introduced to various Arabic Foods from different Arab countries  each with their own unique flavours and common dishes. All this was new to me and loved experiencing this culture through their food. From Algerian to Moroccan to Egyptian and Lebanese I tasted it all. My favourite food part of London was and still is Edgeware Road.

Walking down Edgeware Road, makes one feel as if they are literally in another country. Sounds of Arabic music in various dialects of Arabic fill the shops. All the shop signs are in Arabic and it is not uncommon to see men and women dressed in traditional Arabic dress walking around. Arabs love socializing and this is often done in coffee shops and eateries. Along with drinking coffee it is common to see Hookah or Sheesha smoking pipes set up for customers.The variety of eateries is amazing and each so unique to a specific Arab country and something to suit all pockets.

The big thing that I love about Arab food is how full of flavours dishes are made from basic ingredients. The spices used in Arab cooking is not too overpowering or too spicy. Two spices which are commonly used are Sumac and Dukkah. After moving back home to South Africa ,I craved Arabic food and their spices until last year when I found that Nomu ( www.nomu.co.za) stock these spices.These spices can also be found in certain Pick n Pay and Woolworths stores.

So what is/are Sumac and Dukkah ?

Dukkah is an Egyptian condiment. It is a mixture of herbs ,nuts and spices that are pounded coarsely. Dukkah is flavoursome and can be used as a garnish for Hummus ,sprinkled over salads , mixed into couscous or rice, a topping for cream cheese, a rub on chicken/meat/fish/veg and often bread that is dipped into Olive Oil is then dipped into Dukkah to give a flavoured coating.

Sumac is a tangy lemony flavoured spice often used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cookery. It is grown in the Middle East on a bush with deep red berries. Once the berries are ripe they are dried and crushed to give the very lemony spice. Often used as a garnish or to season grilled meats and salads. Sumac is added to the Dukkah spice mix to add a lemon flavour.

Dukkah Spiced Chicken

 

Ingredients :

1kg Chicken pieces

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil as there is no fat on the chicken

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 Tablespoon honey

2 Tablespoons Dukkah mix

Salt to taste

2 Tablespoons Paprika and BBQ spice mix

Method :

  1. Wash and clean chicken pieces removing skin and any hair.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and add chicken pieces.
  3. Coat chicken pieces well all to marinate as long as possible for flavours to infuse.
  4. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees and grill chicken for 45minutes to an hour until cooked.
  5. Remove from oven allow to cool and garnish with chopped coriander.

Serving Suggestions :

  1. Mashed sweet potato or potato
  2. Veg bake
  3. Salad
  4. Couscous

Dukkah Spiced ChickenI loved making this  dish as it reminded me of eating down Edgeware Road and soaking up the Arab atmosphere. How do you prepare your chicken ? Do you have any food travel memories ?

Be Inspired !

Ciao

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19 thoughts on “A walk down Edgeware Road

  • December 15, 2015 at 2:42 am
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    This recipe looks interesting and has peaked my interest. I’m not familiar with Dukkah mix at the moment so will look for it in the near future. Thanks!

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  • December 15, 2015 at 2:49 am
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    Looks yum…. have never samples Sulla though. . Would love to try it…

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  • December 15, 2015 at 5:39 pm
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    Definitely going to try that recipe,in my London days my Turkish friend introduced me Turkish Food.I fell in love with the food,I am always on the look out for Turkish Food since being back in S.A.

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    • December 15, 2015 at 7:37 pm
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      Turkey and Turkish food is amazing ! I have been to Istanbul and fell in Love with the city. Have you visited the Turkish Mosque in JHB or the Turkish eatery in PTA ?

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      • December 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm
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        yes I have the one in Jhb,actually live quite close to the Turkish mosque.

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  • December 15, 2015 at 7:55 pm
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    Another great recipe 😉 now before I pin this…what is Dukkah Mix?

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  • December 16, 2015 at 7:52 am
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    Verushka, thanks for taking me down memory lane 🙂 I remember many a late night curry kebab was had in London after a big night out. 🙂 I’ve tasted dukkha chicken before but never made it myself, so thanks for sharing the recipe I shall give it a bash!

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    • December 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm
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      I have very fond food memories of London.Nomu are bringing out new Dukkah Spice Mixes next year.

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  • December 19, 2015 at 2:48 am
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    I love how you educate me on all of these different foods. Another one to pin and try! THANKS

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  • January 8, 2016 at 9:45 am
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    Verushka, thank you so much for this recipe…I’m going to try it this weekend. I also love all things Arab…so much so that I married an Egyptian 🙂

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