Saturday, June 2, 2012

Lahmajoun Middle Eastern pizza

Saha is a Canadian food company that creates authentic marinades using only natural ingredients free of additives and preservatives.  I got to try Saha's unique marinades from Middle Eastern cuisine. The shawarma, shish taouk and lahmajoon marinades have delicious aromatic authentic flavours.  I didn't have to add anything except for the meat. I used the sauces to create unique meals within a few minutes and impressed my family :)  The marinades made my job easy and we enjoyed the meals.  

People following a healthy balanced diet will like these sauce/ marinates as its cholesterol and trans fat free.  The in-house chefs and experienced food development staff ensure the quality of all their products.  The ingredients in all Saha products are vegetarian. The Saha site and bottle suggests vegetarian and non-veg recipes for us to use.  The products are sold online and are shipped across USA and Canada.  It is also available in some specialty food stores.  I hope Saha products will soon become available in all stores.

I used this Lahmajoun (lah.mah.joon) sauce for a few dishes; middle eastern style pizza, stuffed cabbages and stuffed grape leaves.  The origin of this sauce is from Turkey and Armenia. It is made with red peppers, tomatoes, onion and spices.  The containers hold 250ml about 1 cup of sauce.
Lahmajoun middle eastern pizza
1 to 3/4 cup minced meat
1/4 to 1/2 cup sauce
4 store bought flat bread

Cook the minced meat with the sauce until the meat is cooked. Spread the cooked meat with extra sauce if needed over store bought flat bread and bake at 375F for 10 to 15 minutes.
The meat can be substituted for soy.  
For the stuffed cabbages and grape leaves I used
1/2 cup minced meat
1/4 cup lahmajoun sauce
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup cooked rice
1 tbsp mint leaves
2 tbsp coriander leaves
1 green chillie chopped

Cook the minced meat and garlic with the sauce in low medium heat covered until the meat is cooked.  Remove from heat.  Then add the cooked rice, chopped green chillie, mint leaves and coriander leaves.
To prepare the cabbage and/ or grape leaves
Boil the grape leaves for about 3 to 4 minutes in hot water, then remove it and place in cold water.  With the shiny side down, place some filling and roll the leaves tightly as you would roll spring rolls.
Place it in a pot lined with grape leaves by packing the leaves close to each other. Put about 1 cup of water and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Place a plate or saucer over the leaves and keep something that has weight. Let the leaves cook for about 20 to 25 minutes on low medium heat until the water evaporates.  

For the cabbages follow the same instructions.  To make it easy to remove the leaves, place the whole cabbage into boiling water and then remove.  Or carefully remove cabbage leaves and then place into boiling hot water for about 5 minutes.  

I will be posting about what I made with other sauces soon :)
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18 comments:

  1. I've never heard of these marinades before. I occassionaly will use Shaan masala for indian meals...love that there is something similiar for Middle Eastern cuisine!

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  2. i wish we could get this middle eastern range over here..but guess not:-(..I love anything with flat bread, your pizza looks really good!

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  3. Looks tempting! Loved the idea of using minced meat

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  4. Very interesting recipe...I've never heard about Lahmajoun sauce!
    Have a nice Sunday

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  5. Can't wait to try this Mediterranean version of pizza!

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  6. lovely recipe,,,very unique and authentic.

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  7. That's a very nice version of pizza.Sounds yummy! Interesting article too!

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  8. Wow looks so nice .

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  9. Seriously i dont mind have a slice from that irresistible pizza..

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  10. This simple but flavorful dish is surely a delight to prepare. Perfect for R&R weekends. ;)

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  11. Interesting sauces.
    I just love Lahmajoun, i'm making it very often but you know I;m not using the sauce, I;m making it from scratch, it;s a popular dish in Greece.
    Have a wonderful week Akheela!

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  12. I had this once at a middle eastern joint in US and it rocked my world..absolutely love it...By the way, just submitted my entry for your event.
    - Delicious Adventures

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  13. Those sauces sound wonderful...will have to see if I can find them. And your pizza looks great!

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  14. I love middle eastern flavors and this pizza looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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  15. Quite a hearty pizza! Would love to try it out.

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  16. I have never tried these sauces or heard of them before. I checked out the site link from your post and found it says that Sobeys sells them. I will be looking for this next time I shop there.

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