Fahad Inc. Dishes

    (Ma-ha-lah) ~ Thin Date Yeast Bread

    Makes 10-15 Pieces

    Ma-ha-lah comes from the root halla which means sweet. This bread has a unique flavour deived from the date juice. While it is cooked in the same way as ra-gagg, the ingredients differ.
    This traditional Bedouin bread can be eaten at breakfast or in the evening and although quite filling, is nonetheless accompanied by chami, honey, eggs and cheese.

    1 1/2 cup ripe sticky dates (seh)
    2 cups warm water
    1 tablespoon yeast
    2 eggs
    1/4 cup sugar
    3 cups whole wheat flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt

    Cover dates with warm water and leave aside for one houre. Mash them, then sieve to remove all liquid. Mix yeast with 1 cup of warm water, add salt and beat in the eggs.
    Beat well with a mixer, then add the sugar, flour and remaining water. Mix well for 2-3 minutes, cover with a tight lid and towel, place in a draught-free area and leave for 12 hours.
    Continue making bread as for Ra-gagg and while it is still hot, drizzle some warm samen over each one and fold. Serve warm.

    From the book "The Complete United Arab Emirates Cookbook"
    by Celia Ann Brock- Al Ansari
    Copyright © 1994 by Celia Ann Brock-Al Ansari


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