Fahad Inc. Dish of the Week

    Ba-theeth ~ Date crumple

    An Arab favourite, this dish is from the UAE and is served regularly with gah-wa (Arabian coffee).

    4 cups wheat flour
    2 3/4 cups seh - ripe sticky dates
    1 teaspoon cardamom
    1 1/4 cups toasted sesame seeds
    3/4 cup samen

    Brown the flour in a skillet, stirring to avoid burning. Stone the dates and pull them apart with your hand. Place in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle the cardamom and sesame seeds over. Gradually add the samen (oil) and browned flour, a little at a time, working the ingredients in with the fingertips.
    When all is well blended, the mixture should resemble large biscuit crumbs. Store in an airtight container and serve on a fou-alla. The mixture will keep for a week.

    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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