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Arabic Food 101 - [Tashreeb Dijaj] - Chicken Meal

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This is the first in a series of arabic dishes. I learned this from my aunt, Ama Najat while she was out visiting California.

Why should you consider making this instructable? Well every breathing creature likes food. We also associate tenderness and care with feeding, possibly due to some sort of mothering nurturing ideas. So next time you want to get to know someone better -- cook! It's not hard and they'll really appreciate the effort. In our times where consumption - not production - is the norm, making your own food is surprisingly... surprising!

So considering my lack of expertise when it comes to cooking, I can attest that this feast is a fairly safe bet for your first Arabic/Iraqi styled dinner. If you like chicken, but hate how oven cooking can make it seem dry and tasteless than this is a great dish for you to try. This Tashreeb Dijaj (literally soaked bread chicken) has a sweet and sour taste that's distinctly ethnic and very filling.

Step 1: Find Your Local Arabic Store

Look around you. No, really, look around you. There are arabs everywhere in this country and they like to eat. So no matter where you live there's a good possibility that you'll find an arabic store nearby.

If you're in San Francisco CA I can recommend Salama's Halal Meat Market. It will have all the right spices, and very good fresh meat.

If you're from Ann Arbor MI then Jerusalem Market is your safe bet.

A good way to find an arabic store is to do a keyword search using Google Maps. Click on the find business tab and input your area code. For an example of how you can find an arabic store somewhere you wouldn't expect I did a search for one in Kansas City. Check picture 2 for results.

The store will most likely look like this one in SF in picture 1. Nuts, I know...
 
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lucidpsycho2 months ago
my mother in law makes marag deai (aka marag dejaj- chicken marag) or marag lahm,failakawi style (seaside kuwaiti), and then she pours it all over the bread for the tashreeb. the tashreeb bread she uses is crunchy, dry and seems like dried crepe bread crushed up.
billbillt7 months ago

very yum..

tercero6 years ago
That looks really good. I'm disappointed that more people don't try different foods. Food is meant to be enjoyed, as well as consumed. And a hint for most of my fellow Canucks. Salt is not a spice. Thanks for showing me something new that I'll try and cook. /bookarked J.
Try the pork, it is really good!
I meant "Toto" !
triumphman1 year ago
Lebanese Pork is good too!
FrozenIce2 years ago
tashreeb dajaj means watering chicken in arabic..
At what part do the noodles come in?
thingy6 years ago
If you live in Ann Arbor, Sumac is all over and free for the taking. The Red spikes you see contain the seeds that have the lemony flavor. The spikes also make a great lemonade. Make sure you clean them. If your not sure what to look for, Google staghorn sumac.
No way? I've wombled through life under the illusion that this was called the Paradise Tree. And now the veil is lifted. There are some of these growing near to where we live and they are beautiful at this time of year. God I love this site,
>Bosh starts to get emotional<
great projects, great people and all mixed up with a whole bunch of international recipes.

I found this for Sumac lemonade btw....

lemonade recipe
be careful! There are 2 kinds of sumac, one that points up and one that points down. One is poisonous and could kill you. Make sure you get the right one.
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Good stuff. I think I've had this (there is probably an iranian equivalent). If you live in New Mexico try Cafe Istambul on Constitution and Wyoming in Albuquerque. Unfortunatley there are no M.E. stores in Santa Fe, so we have to drive 60 miles down to ABQ :/
BTW, Holy Land in Minneapolis, MN has the best pita ion the world. Their gyros are also really good (on central ave.)
This looks wonderful and gives me an excuse to visit the Halal market which just opened up around the corner from my house. Thanks!
bytowneboy6 years ago
Dude, awesome!! More!!