Friday, September 3, 2010

Muufo Baraawe and Maraq Bilaash (Somali Bread)

Muufo Baraawe (Somali Bread)

2 cups of white semolina or farina flour

¼ cup all purpose flour

1 tablespoon Sugar (optional)

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 clove garlic, minced

½ teaspoon active dry yeast

1 cup of luckwarm water

Salt to taste

Combine all the ingredients (except water) together and mix them well in a bowl. Add the water and knead make to a dough. Cover the bowl tightly, put it in a warm place (such as the kitchen) for at least 6 hours until the dough doubles in volume; then work the dough gently with your hands. Cover and let it rise again. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. When the dough has risen second time, pick about half a handful with wet fingers and drop them on an oiled baking pan, spacing them 2 - 3 inches apart. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and put it in the lower rack of the oven for about 15 minutes or until the bottom side of the muufo is golden in color. When done, the top of the muufo will stay white. If you want the top side to be golden, flip the muffo over and bake for 3 to 4 minutes more. Serve with any kind of sauce. Yummy with maraq bilaash!

Maraq Bilaash (Cherry Tomato Sauce)

Maraq Bilaash is very popular in Southern Somalia. Somali women in charge of the household would go everyday to the market to get fresh vegetables, fruits and meat. When they returned, the women would get together around an informal potluck, each bringing a dish. Mara Bilaash is one of the popular dishes the chefs of the house will feast on before embarking on the task of performing their daily chores, including cooking for the entire family.

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 medium size onion, chopped

4 cups cherry tomatoes, whole

1 jalapeno, cut into medium sizes

3-4 small okra, cut or whole

Salt to taste

2 cloves of garlic minced

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

5 basil leaves

Heat the oil; add the onions and sauté. Add the cherry tomatoes (whole), jalapeno and okra, and cook over medium heat. When the tomatoes begin to wrinkle, stir delicately and cook 10-20 minutes more. When the tomato skins start to crack, add the salt, garlic and lemon juice, then mash the contents with a wooden spoon. Add the basil leaves and cover for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve with bread, muufo, anjeero, crackers or bagels

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