I have been missing the MENA Cooking Club challenges for the past two months. After hosting Oman in July, I decided to give Palestine and Qatar a miss due to my busy travel schedules. This month, the country is Saudi Arabia and having missed the last two months, I was keen to get back on this one. Our host for the month is Noor, who blogs at Ya Salam Cooking, which happens to be one of the first and few Saudi based food blogs.
I had visited Saudi last year in February, for Umrah. We went to Madinah first and then to Makkah. Alhamdulillah, I would not like to mince my words, but would say that those were the best 10 days of my life. The long bus trip, though tiring was an experience in itself. We reached Madinah around 9 pm the next day and as soon as we reached the room, we all freshened up and headed straight to Masjid-un-Nabawi for Isha and Witr prayers. Since we were already late, we couldn’t spend much time there but I was already in awe by the surroundings. The next two days were followed with prayers, going around to see the mosque and surroundings and the unforgettable viewing of the blessed Rawdah. Then after Fajr on the third day, we moved out of Madinah, did our Ihram from the mosque where the Prophet (PBUH) had done his while he went for Hajj and started our beautiful journey to Makkah. We reached just after Asr… I still remember how despite being so tired, we all underwent the beautiful Umrah rituals with so much zest, Alhamdulillah… When I type these here, I am getting goosebumps… I guess I stop it here as my heart is aching of excitement and sadness of having left there… InShaAllah would love to go there again to do Hajj… May Allah make it possible for all of us…
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest countries in the Middle East. Since we are basically dealing with their food now, their food is no different from their neighboring countries. Dates, meat, bread and tea/coffee make a large part of their eating tradition. From the options that were provided to us for trying – Murtabak and Matazeez being the others – Masoub is what caught my attention. Masoub is basically nothing except a banana and leavened bread mash. Normally “khubz” or thick Lebanese breads are crumbled and mixed into some mashed bananas. During my detailed Google search, I found that this food came into Saudi from their neighboring Yemen. After going through all the options that were available, I invented my own recipe. Instead of khubz, I used brown bread just to make it feel a bit guilt-free. Instead just mixing it up, I did a little jig with it and I have just one word to say – amazing! It was so simple to make yet so heavy that if I were really in a mood to eat, I wouldn’t have shared it with HD! 😉 Hehe…
- 1 tsp ghee
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 4 wholemeal bread, powdered
- A pinch cinnamon powder
- For topping:
- 3 tbsp cream
- 1 tbsp honey
- 5-6 almonds, sliced
- Heat ghee in a saucepan.
- Add the mashed bananas, sprinkle the sugar and briefly saute it.
- Add in the bread along with cinnamon powder and mix it well till nicely combined.
- Cook for a couple of minutes and switch off. Transfer to a serving dish and flatten the top.
- Spread the cream on the top, drizzle honey and sprinkle the almonds.
- Enjoy warm!