The nuts and dried fruits
These are the seven spices. The following page is the English names with proportions. They are spices widely found all over the world. I think so???. If not, one can always find them on line
Tap on the screen to get all details of seven spices. it is a mix widely used in the levant cuisine (eastern Mediterranean) Lebanon-Syria etc...
And If you never heard of miskeh or mastic gum you can have a look at this website: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mastic. And if you desire, You can buy it from Greek or middle eastern stores or on line
Tap on the screen to see the full text. A box of mastic from the island of xios
Basmati rice.wash until water is clear 8-10 times. Soak with boiling water
Soak all in boiling water 30 mins
Chop the onions. Diced
100 g ....almost
In a cooking pot, put 2 TBsp of clarified butter (سمنة) or 2TBsp of olive oil. Add the onions. Sweat. Then...
Add the spices
Strain the nuts mixture
Don't forget to dice the apricots
Add over the onions stir in.
Stir in and fry for 1-2 mins
Add 1/2 cup boiling water
Cover and cook on low fire. 30 mins
That is after 30 mins. Water is gone and the nuts are cooked
Strain the soaked rice and add in the pot
Stir and fry for 2-3 mins. Add 1 mug of boiling water. Cover. Cook on low fire. 20 mins.
Add 1 mug of boiling water. 20 mins. DONE
For decoration 30 g grilled pine seeds, & grilled slivered almonds. More apricots
Some cut parsley or any green herbs of your choice. For the color
It is good for 4-6 people. all depends what other dishes are served along. Multiply proportions to make a big wonderful dish for buffet dinner. The smell of cardamon and miskeh is all over. Heavenly