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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Zucchini with Tomato Sauce (vegetarian)


Shijar bil Tamata

1 pound zucchini peeled and sliced
1 medium onion sliced
2 cloves of garlic sliced
1 tomato sliced
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
½ teaspoon salt
½ tteaspoon Arabic spice or a combination of allspice, cinnamon and black pepper
1 cup water
3 tablespoons olive oil

Sauté the onion and garlic in oil for few minutes and add salt and spices and stir. Add the zucchini and sliced tomatoes and leave it to simmer for 5 minutes. Pour tomato sauce and water and leave it to simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with white plain rice.

We usually cook this dish with stewing lamb. You can boil the lamb for 40 minutes or until tender. Then add the onions, garlic, zucchini, tomato sauce, salt and spices. Simmer for 20 minutes and serve with white plain rice