Sizzler – middle eastern flavored

Sizzlers seem like a great option when you have some more time to prepare on hand. It ends up being a platter on its own with all the varieties on the same dish.

This is a new variety of sizzler that I attempted recently using the middle eastern flavorings like Zaatar & Sumac.

Sumac is a berry which is tart is in taste but tastes great on roasts. I tried blending in the flavors to get a great tasting platter for this BM week where I am cooking with berries…

Platter contents
Saffron Rice , Caramelized Onions, Cottage Cheese & Mushroom barbequed in sumac, mixed vegetables  curry using Zaatar

Saffron Rice
Ingredients
1 cup basmati (long grained rice)
2 cups water
a pinch of saffron soaked in warm milk
2 tspn pistachios
1 tspn clarified butter/ ghee
salt to taste
Method
1) Wash the rice under tap water until it becomes clear
2) In a large pan, heat some ghee. Add the pistachios and saute it 
3) Add the water and salt and let it come to a running boil
4) Add the rice and soaked saffron.
5) Cover and let it cook for 10 – 12 min
6) Switch off and set it aside

Caramelized Onions
Ingredients
2 onions thinly sliced
1 tspn olive oil
1 tspn sugar (optional)
Method
1) In a pan, heat oil.
2) Add the chopped onion and let them sweat for 30-35 min on lowest flame
3) Add a pinch of sugar if your onions are pungent

Mixed Vegetables Curry in Zaatar curry
Ingredients
1 onion finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1 capsicum finely chopped
1 tspn Zaatar spice
1 tspn chopped garlic
1 tspn red chilli powder
salt to taste (Zaatar has salt so check before adding)
a tspn of Olive oil
Method
1) In a pan, heat oil, add the finely chopped garlic and onions. Saute for 3-4 min
2) Add the tomatoes, mushrooms, capsicum with salt, zaatar and red chilli powder
3) Add a few cups of water
4) Let it simmer for a while 

Mushroom & Cottage Cheese barbequed in sumac
Ingredients
1 onion cubed
1 capsicum cubed
1 tomato cubed
2 cups paneer cube
1 cup mushroom buttons (stems removed)
2 tspn sumac
Olive oil
black pepper to taste
salt to taste
Method
1) In a bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well. Rest it for 15-20 min
2) Arrange the individual pieces on a toothpick. One vegetable on each toothpick
3) Bake the prepared sticks in a preheated oven for 20 min at 200 c
4) Remove and set aside

Arrange the platter
Add all the individual preparations on a hot plate (use a metal plate heated in oven)
You can alternatively use a microwave safe plate and heat it along with the food just before serving)


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11 responses to “Sizzler – middle eastern flavored

  1. Wat a spread, with loads of flavours..Never had this kind of sizzler,inviting definitely.

  2. Impressive platter!!And sumac is indeed a different berry..

  3. I am just stuck at the first picture! What a nice platter! Can I have some of it please?

  4. I've used sumac before but did not realize it was a berry…thought it was a spice

  5. My, My the platter looks so good. Can I come over? I would like to see how sumac looks like, haven't heard of this berry before.

  6. My, My the platter looks so good. Can I come over? I would like to see how sumac looks like, haven't heard of this berry before.

  7. An absolute winner in my opinion. You nailed the spice mixture girl.

  8. Never come across sumac or zaatar. The platter looks absolutely irresistible…

  9. Never come across sumac or zaatar. The platter looks absolutely irresistible…

  10. Sumac..first time hearing!Yummy platter..

  11. Very tempting Pradnya, I am yet to try out my hands with the spices you gave..will surely try this out..:)

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