We wanted to dedicate a space to remember and reflect upon Syria's magnificent culture. A once thriving country filled with historical sites and food. Much of which has been tragically lost or destroyed as result of the war. For Syrians today, precious memories of a place they once called 'home' is all they have left. Syrian Reflections serves as a space to better
understand Syrian culture and its people, through historical images and featured Syrian
recipes by our favorite Syrian blogger Nadia Hubbi founder of Sweet Pillar & Co.
We invite you to try out her delicious recipes at home and share with friends.
FEATURED RECIPE OF THE MONTH
The name of this dish, ma’loubay literally translates to “upside down” because of the way it is served by first flipping it upside down like a beautiful cake with layers of rice, meat and vegetables.
There are many variations across the Levantine (Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, parts of Turkey) which include mainly a variety of vegetables usually eggplants, cauliflower, potatoes, and carrots. I’ve seen tons of images, but of course I can’t find a single one to post now, of 2-3 women and men all holding a ginormous pot trying to carefully flip it over. They’re usually served with yogurt or a simple Middle Eastern salad which includes tomatoes and cucumber.
- 1 large eggplant sliced
- 3 pounds ground beef
- 1/4 diced tomato
- 2 tablespoon pine nuts (or substitute almonds)
- 1 1/2 cup jasmine rice
- 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 3 tablespoon tomato paste
- oil for frying or for brushing eggplants for broil
- salt & pepper to taste