The Iraqi Family Cookbook

The Iraqi Family Cookbook
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Baklava-Baklawa بقلاوة خفيفة و لذيذة

Today, I started baking for the Holidays. I made this delicious tray of baklawa. It is a very light recipe, NOT loaded with syrup. Check out this website for the recipe, plus other iraqi cookies that I baked during a TV show.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mung Beans Soup-شوربة ماش

Mung beans are very healthy and nutritious. We cook mung beans with rice. I decided to make a vegetable soup with these beans. Soak beans for a few hours before you start cooking. If you have not done that, pour hot water over the beans and set aside for 30 minutes.


1 cup mung beans soaked in water for 12 hours
4 cups water
1/2 cup white rice
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dried mint
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Rinse the beans and discard water. Heat water in a deep pot and drop the beans. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 20 minutes. Skim off the mung beans green skin that float to top and discard.
Add rice and all the vegetables, and cook for 20 minutes until rice is cooked. Season with salt and pepper and stir.
Add the lemon juice and taste to adjust the salt and pepper. 
You can add chicken stock and diced chicken if not vegetarian.