Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Making Iranian food in Dubai

We had a few friends over for great food and conversation on Friday evening.  As usual, Mohammed was happy to make a wonderful fresh meal for the group.  This time he made Iranian chicken and vegetables with basmati rice.  It is so simple to prepare and was absolutely delicious!

To make this dish you just need: 
one full chicken
garlic (to taste)
3-4 small red onions
3 potatoes (peeled and cut)
2 tomatoes (sliced)
2 eggplants (sliced lengthwise)
2 lemons
olive oil, salt, pepper, arabic spices (you can buy it already mixed), saffron, sugar.
basmati rice prepared with cumin and olive oil.

Cut chicken into separate pieces, coat both sides in arabic spices, add some sugar and put to the side.

Start with a large pot, pour in some olive oil (a few tablespoons) 
add 4-6 cloves chopped garlic
add chopped and peeled potatoes
add chopped onions
add seasoned chicken, then squeeze the juice from both lemons over the chicken
add salt and pepper and saffron
Cover, cook on LOW for 20 minutes. 

after 20 - 30 minutes lightly fry eggplant in olive oil.  
-cover the pot with aluminum foil, poke holes and put eggplant on the aluminum.  Cover entire pot with lid.  Allow eggplant to steam for 10-15 minutes. 

After eggplant has been steamed take away the foil and add to the rest of the yumminess. 

It will continue to cook and turn into a sort of stew before your eyes.  Just remember to be patient and not turn up the heat!  Altogether I guess it took one hour.  Let me know if you try it and it is as good as it was here!

*** It should be noted that I did not actually make this food, but I watched Mohammed make it and then I ate it and it was wonderful.  If you try it Make sure you are drinking some cold beer - to fully recreate the moment.