Enjoy a great selection of recipes prepared by Cortas. Sahtein!
Burgul Bi Dfin
These high-protein beans can be accommodated with a lot of local recipes, such as the traditional Burgul Bi Dfin, a fast substitute for the Moroccan Couscous. Sauté 5 small white onions in vegetable oil, add 300 grams finely sliced chicken or meat, and a can of Cortas Chick peas. Mix all ingredients till brownish. Add 500 gr. thoroughly washed Burgul (cracked wheat), three glasses of water, salt and allspice to taste. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- This deliciously nourishing meal can be served either with yogurt, kishk, or a tomato purée sauce. (see recipe for spaghetti sauce).
- For an enhanced flavour, add a dash of Cortas Pomegranate Concentrate with the spices.
Mixed Bean Salad
Combine drained Cortas Beans with fresh, cooked wax and green beans for a fresh take on bean salad. Dress and allow to sit, refrigerate overnight for flavors to blend.
Another "back-to-the-roots", deliciously high-protein recipe, the Fava casserole, or Yakhnet Foul. Sauté a medium-sized onion in a little vegetable oil and butter. Add two spoons of flour. Whisk briskly, poring little by little three glasses of water to get a smooth sauce. Empty a can of Cortas Fava Beans-Broad over the sauce, add salt, cumin and ½ cup of Cortas Lemon Juice Substitute, simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Serve with the traditional "noodled" rice.
- For those who prefer a more traditional, non-vegetarian version, meat cubes can be added to the sautéed onion.
Middle Eastern Bean Salad
Simply heat Cortas Fava Beans and add any or all of the following: a dash of fresh lemon juice, crushed garlic, salt, finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, onion, Cortas Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Scoop up with Arabic or pita bread. Serve warm or cold.
For an Egyptian variation and a hearty and complete meal, serve the above in soup bowls with a hard-boiled egg on top of the beans, followed by sprinkled chopped parsley.
Colored Basic Salad
The Cortas Fava Beans & Chick Peas highly nourishing can contains a quick basic salad. Just heat its contents, add two spoonfuls of Cortas Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a dash of Cortas Lemon Substitute, and enjoy!!
- For a "greener" version: add the above recipe to a bowl of freshly chopped crisp lettuce, mix well.
FRUIT-BASED BEVERAGE SYRUPS
For a refreshing "Tequila Sunrise" with summer colors and a call of distant islands: In a tall glass, a dash (not too much!!!) of tequila, lots of freshly squeezed orange juice, crushed ice. Mix well, add Cortas Grenadine for a reddish cloud. Decorate with peppermint leaves, and enjoy!
Once upon a time, in Beirut, under the scorching August sun, horns blaring, kids playing, ladies endlessly arguing for the price of a chiffon, lottery ticket vendors trying to sell their last bunch of colored papers… and an oasis, a haven, the "Al Birkeh", fresh Jallab served from a huge brass barrel… Those days are gone, now, but still the memory lingers on, and is revived with Cortas Jallab… Add 1 part syrup to 5 parts icy water, add crushed ice, dried raisins, bleached almonds, and pine nuts.
Cortas Mulberry Syrup
This traditional syrup is a sine qua non of hospitality in faraway Lebanese villages, the glass being wrapped up in crocheted napkins, served to visitors on a silver plate. Cortas' Mulberry Syrup and tinkling ice cubes are a must…
Cortas Rose Syrup
The musky smell of Grandma's house. Everything's so quiet… her soothing voice and cool hand on our fevered brow, her endless love served with a wonderfully tasting glass of Rose syrup… The sun is back! Enjoy Cortas' Rose Syrup for a full rejuvenating treatment!
Cortas' Tamarind Syrup, for a true space-time travel. You can almost smell the desert, and hear the caravan's sounds… Look over here, can you see that angry camel, wrapped in a multi-colored plaid?
Dibs and Tahina
Mix 1 part Cortas Tahina with 3 or 4 parts Cortas Pure Carob Extract Concentrate and eat with Arabic or pita bread for a rich, brown confection. It's been loved for generations as an after-school treat by Lebanese schoolchildren and as comfort food by their parents. Sfouf Bidibbis Deliciously natural cookies,
are a real treat. Combine two cups flour, two cups Cortas Pure Carob Syrup, one cup vegetable oil, two teaspoons of sodium bicarbonate, and a sprinkle of powdered anise. Pour into an oven tray. Preheat oven to 350. Cook for approximately half an hour, checking with a fork for a spongy consistency. When the cake cools, cut into squares.
Polka dot Baba Ghanoush
A colorful side dish can be made by adding the grains of a sour grenade to an otherwise classical looking Baba Ghannoush.
Hot Baba Ghannoush
For a hotter version, sprinkle hot pepper spice over the dip, or add Italian Santo oil.
An excellent accompaniment to the two traditional savory sesame sauces (Baba Ghanoush & Hummos Tahina) is broiled lamb, also called Shish kebab, or Lahm Meshui. Marinate 1 kilogram lamb fillet with 12 small white onions, 6 tomatoes cut in quarters, 4 green peppers cut in slices, two tablespoons Cortas Extra Virgin Olive Oil, dried oregano, and salt to taste. Leave covered and refrigerated for a few hours or overnight.
Chop meat into one-inch cubes. Spear on to skewers, allowing six pieces of meat per person. Alternate meat with onions, tomatoes, and peppers. Broil under a very hot flame, or over charcoal until outside is well browned and sizzling. If broiled in the oven, sprinkle a little olive oil over meat before broiling so that it will not dry out.
Sauté an onion with a little vegetable oil, add pine nuts until brown. Incorporate two tablespoons of mincemeat, salt, pepper, cayenne, and summak to taste. Mix well. Serve hot over a Cortas Hommos Tahina plate.
For a vegetarian version, replace mincemeat with dried soya.
PURE FLOWER ESSENCES
Café Blanc - White Lebanese coffee
For a caffeine-free, aromatic hot drink, simply add one teaspoon Cortas Orange Blossom Water and sugar to hot water. Serve in demi-tasse cups.
Muhallabia - Lebanese ground rice pudding
This is a subtle and delicate milk pudding, enjoyed by young and old and especially soothing to the ill. 2 tablespoons corn flour (or cornstarch) 1/2 cup rice flour 1 quart / liter milk 8 tablespoons sugar, or to taste 2 teaspoons Cortas orange blossom water (mazaher), or to taste 2 teaspoons Cortas rose water (maward), or to taste Chopped almonds and pistachio nuts (for decoration) Mix the corn and rice flour with a few spoonfuls of milk until it becomes a smooth paste
Katr or Sugar Syrup
Place 1 cup sugar, two cups water, 2 teaspoons Cortas Rose Water, two teaspoons Cortas Orange Blossom water in a medium pan. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Add a dash of Cortas Lemon Juice substitute to prevent the sugar from crystallizing. Simmer for about 5 minutes. The Katr should be served cold.
Katr can be used in place of Maple Syrup over pancakes, with some crushed macadamia nuts.
A traditional Halloween treat in Lebanon, the Katayefs. They can be enjoyed in many varieties. In fact, they are tiny waffles, filled with either a mixture of crushed walnuts, sugar, orange blossom and rose waters, or heavy cream (Koshta) and rose jam. In both cases however, they should be topped with the Katr (see recipe), or syrup. To prepare the Katayefs, use same recipe as for pancakes, but place a smaller quantity while cooking it. There is also an easier alternative, the ready-to-mix packs.
Put 4 tablespoons Cortas Rose Water in a glass of cold water. Stir in one tablespoon sugar and add ice cubes.
For a quick Apple strudel, get two rolls of frozen puff pastry, (follow package instructions). Spread Cortas Apple Jam, half a cup roughly chopped nuts, half a cup raisins, two finely chopped apples, a sprinkle of cinnamon. Roll the dough up, secure on both ends. Prick with a fork, and then bake. For a golden crust, brush with an egg yolk before cooking.
A grandma's favorite quickie: Get two packs of shortcrust pastry, (follow package instructions). Reserve one third of the dough. Place the biggest quantity in a pie oven tray, spread with Cortas Apricot Jam. Cut the reserved dough into stripes, decorate the pie in the form of squares. Bake until golden brown.
Sunday morning pancakes
For delicious "Sunday morning pancakes": For each cup flour, two whole eggs, one half cup milk, half a spoon sodium bicarbonate. Blend well. Grease a pan, pour a half cup mixture onto the heated pan. Cook on both sides. Pile on a serving tray. Generously spread with Cortas Cherry-Black Jam, add finely chopped nuts.
Dissolve 1 tablespoon sugar and yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Set aside until creamy. In a large bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons oil, 2-1/3 cups water, salt, and 4 tablespoons sugar. Add yeast, and gradually mix in 1 1/2 cup flour. Place dough in a buttered bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp towel, and place in a warm place to rise for 1-1/2 hours. Form dough into balls about the size of eggs, then roll flat. Carefully spreadCortas White Cherry jam over these ovals, and then close them, forming small balls. Heat oil in a deep fryer. Fry these doughnutballs one at a time, until light brown on both sides. Place on paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with white sugar, while still hot.
For a delicious dessert, pour a can of Cortas Fig Jam into a serving dish. Add chopped walnuts, chopped almonds, and a sprinkle of roasted sesame seeds. Refrigerate. This refreshing treat is especially enjoyed after a mezzé.
One ingenious way for a quick and warm dessert is to fill Cortas Quince jam in pre-cut frozen puff-pastries, top with crushed walnuts, and cook according to package instructions. Kids and grown-ups alike are going to love you for it.
LEMON JUICE SUBSTITUTE
Use for a quick refreshing lemonade: One glass icy water, two spoons sugar. Blend well. Add two spoons Cortas Lemon Juice Substitute, a dash of Cortas Orange Blossom Water. Decorate with a lemon rind, and a fresh mint leaf.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
1 ¼ cups fine or medium bulgur
1 ¼ cups water 1 cup red onion minced
1 ¼ teaspoons salt 5 cups packed fresh flat-leafed parsley leaves chopped (about 3 large bunches)
1 ½ cups packed fresh mint leaves chopped (about 1 large bunch)
1 bunch chopped spring onions (about 2/3 cup)
250 grams (1/2 pound) vine-ripened tomatoes 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup Cortas Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
In a bowl, combine bulgur and water; soak 1 hour and 15 minutes. Drain. In a bowl (preferably glass to highlight salad's color), toss together all ingredients with salt and pepper to taste. Salad may be made 1 hour ahead and chilled, covered.
1 head Romaine lettuce
250 grams (1/2 pound) vine-ripened tomatoes
1 cup diced cucumber
1 ½ cups packed fresh mint leaves (about 1 bunch)
½ chopped flat-leaved parsley leaves
½ red onion
½ teaspoon dried sumac
4 crushed or pressed cloves garlic (optional)
¾ cup Cortas Extra-Virgin Olive Oil lemon juice to taste
½ large round of Arabic or pita bread, well - toasted and cracked into bite-sized pieces
In a bowl, break lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Add finely diced tomatoes and cucumbers and finely chopped mint, parsley and onion. Toss together all ingredients with salt and pepper to taste. Mix together garlic, oil, lemon and sumac. Just before serving, pour in oil mixture and mix in bread pieces.
This salad dressing is ideal for green or bean salads. It can be made in large quantities ahead of time and will last in the refrigerator for a week.
1/3 cup Cortas Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup red vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tsp zaatar or oregano
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Stuffed Grape Vine Leaves - Mehchi Warak E'nab
A.K.A. Dolmades in the Greek cuisine. This vegetarian dish is highly appreciated for the perfect marriage between the acidic taste of lemon and the balsamic feel of olive oil. Don't miss it!
Ingredients: One jar of Cortas Grape vine leaves, two fresh tomatoes cut in small cubes, one cup and a half rice, washed and strained, two cups finely chopped parsley, half a cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves, one cup Cortas Lemon juice substitute, one cup and a half Cortas Extra Virgin Olive Oil, two teaspoons salt.
Wash the grape vines leaves thoroughly in running water. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, rice, parsley, mint, salt, and half the quantity of both lemon and oil. Mix well.
Spread each vine leave, place over it a small quantity of the combined ingredients, roll up, taking care to bend the grape leave sides inwardly. Place tightly in cooking pot. Add the remaining lemon and oil. Cook on low fire, till tender. Leave to cool. Transpose in a serving dish, and decorate with lemon rinds and fresh mint leaves.
Pickled Peppers are best served with the Lebanese fast-food sandwich, the Falafel. If you do not have a handy pack of Falafel mix, try this home-made recipe for 4 persons:
3 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 medium chopped onion,
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1 1/2 cans Cortas Chick Peas
1 tbs. Cortas Lemon Juice Substitute
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. salt freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 slices French bread, torn into large pieces and soaked in cold water to cover
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
4 whole-wheat pita rounds
sliced tomatoes, fresh mint and parsley leaves, Cortas Peppers and taratour (See recipe) for garnish.
Blend the garlic, onion and parsley in a food processor or blender until finely minced. Add the chick peas and blend until finely chopped and somewhat pasty. Add the lemon juice, cumin, coriander, salt, and black pepper. Squeeze the bread, and add it. Process until well mixed.
Form the falafel mixture into 16 balls. Flatten each ball to form 1/2-inch thick patties. Dredge the patties in the flour and fry them in oil, until golden brown.
Cut off 1/3 of each pita round and open the larger section to form a pocket. Fill each pocket with the hot falafel patties. Garnish with tomatoes, parsley, mint, taratour, and Cortas Peppers.
The Stuffed Eggplants in oil are best enjoyed with a vegetarian dish, and are most suitable to the Mujaddarah, because they liven up the somewhat starchy taste of lentils. To prepare the Mujaddarah, you will need:
2 cups lentils
1/3 cup rice
1 cup chopped onions
3/4 cup Cortas Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbs. salt
Wash lentils. Cook with enough fresh water to cover, for about three quarters of an hour. Add rice and cook another ten minutes. Fry onions in olive oil until brown. Mix lentils and rice with onion and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Place into serving dish.
- Mujaddarah can be enjoyed hot or cold, with or without pitta bread. The best salad that goes with it is the Fattoosh (See recipe).
Why don't you try a fresh alternative to the traditional pasta salad? You will need:
1 cup cooked colored pasta
1 tuna fish can, drained
½ a can sweet corn
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 cup Cortas Mixed Vegetables
1 tbs. Mayonnaise sauce
1 tbs. Cortas Lemon Juice Substitute
In a bowl, place the tuna fish, then pour lemon over it. Add all other ingredients in layers. Top with the mayo sauce. Toss well and serve.
Aside from being a great relish in all meat and/or ham sandwiches, Cortas Turnips are wonderfully served with the cauliflower and squash omelet. Here is the recipe:
1 small cauliflower
two finely diced marrow squash
3 small onions, chopped
1 tsp. salt
2 tbs. dried mint leaves
Wash cauliflower and separate into flowerets. Cook with the squash in for 15 minutes, or until tender. Chop finely. Combine well beaten eggs with other ingredients. Add salt to taste. Fry in oil, dropping in a spoonful at a time. Makes about 25 small omelets.
Cortas Pomegranate Concentrate blends well with all sweet and sour recipes, be they Persian, Chinese, or Japanese. A quick recipe for sweet and sour veggie stir-fry:
1 spring onion
1 clove garlic
½ a cup black mushrooms
½ a cup bamboo shoots
½ a cup soya bean sprouts
½ a cup cabbage
½ a cup green peppers
1 tbs sesame oil
2 tbs Cortas Pomegranate Concentrate
1 tsp. salt
Finely chop the vegetables. Stir-fry them in a wong or pot with the sesame oil for about 15 minutes. Add the salt, and the pomegranate concentrate. Serve with jasmine rice.
SESAME SEED PRODUCTS
This sauce is best served with all kinds of fried or baked fish, specially the Hot Fish, or Samké Harra. It is also used as a topping in Falafel sandwiches. (See recipe)
Mix one cup Cortas Tahina with half a cup Cortas Lemon Juice Substitute. Pour water little by little to render the sauce the consistency of mayonnaise. Crush a few cloves of garlic (optional) with half a teaspoon salt. Work the garlic salt thoroughly into the tahina.
- A tasty alternative is to add to the taratour one cup of finely chopped parsley.
Spicy-hot Spaghetti sauce
Almost all Lebanese casseroles are cooked with tomato paste, which gives them a distinctive homey flavor.Cortas tomato paste, being highly concentrated, is also suitable for the Spicy-hot Spaghetti sauce. You will need:
1 cup finely chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 green pepper, diced
1 hot pepper, diced
3 tbs Cortas Tomato Paste
3 tbs Cortas Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ a cup water
1 tbs dried thyme
1 tbs dried basil
1 tsp salt
Fry the vegetables in the olive oil until brownish. Add the tomato paste, mix well. Add the water, then the herbs. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.
- This is a highly concentrated sauce. One tablespoon is enough for a medium-sized platter of cooked spaghettis. You may need more water if you prefer a lighter consistency.
Loubieh and potato salad
For a delicious salad: 500 grams potato, one can Cortas Loubieh Khadra, 1/4 cup Cortas Extra Virgin Olive Oil, two tablespoons Cortas Lemon Substitute, dried mint leaves, salt to taste. Boil potatoes until tender. When cold, cut in quarters. Add the strained beans. Top with the remaining ingredients, toss well.
A delicious vegetarian dish, can either be eaten with pita bread, or as a salad: Ingredients: One can of Cortas Foul Akhdar, two cups crushed coriander leaves, three cloves garlic, crushed, two tablespoons cooking oil, three tablespoons Cortas Lemon Juice Substitute, three tablespoons Cortas Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Sauté the crushed garlic, add the coriander till brownish. Pour the strained can of Foul Akhdar, mix well. Add the lemon substitute, cook on low fire for ten minutes. Leave to cool. Top with the olive oil. You can also add a sprinkle of dried coriander for decoration, as well as lemon rinds.
Mulokhia Warm Salad
"Mulokhia" is derived from the word "Mulukia", meaning "Royal". In fact, this delicious plant was first served as soup to the pharaohs in ancient Egypt. Modern recipes vary from the original, as other ingredients were added little by little. One way to accommodate Mulokhia is as a warm, meaty salad: Sauté an onion in two tablespoons oil, add 250 gr. Minced meat. Salt and pepper to taste. In another pan, sauté three crushed garlic cloves with half a cup of minced coriader, mix well. Add one can of Cortas Whole Mulokhia leaves, let simmer for about 10 minutes. Add 4 tablespoons Cortas Lemon Substitute. Place on a serving dish and top with the minced meat.
- As with all recipes that contain minced meat, minced soya can advantageously replace it.
Lebanese families traditionally gather around a Mulokhia dish whenever there is a special occasion. In fact, this four-course dish used to require a lot of work, and all the ladies around used to help in cooking it. With Cortas, there is no more hassle, as this great dish can be prepared very quickly. For 8 persons:
Cook 4 chicken breasts in 8 cups water. Add an onion, a few laurel leaves, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and half a lemon. When done, reserve the juice. In another big pot, sauté 6 crushed garlic cloves with two cups minced coriander leaves. Add the contents of two Cortas Minced Mulokhia Leaves cans, and two tablespoons Cortas Lemon Juice substitute, to prevent the Mulokhia from sticking. Mix well. Add half the chicken juice. Cook on low fire for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, prepare 3 cups rice, using the remaining juice instead of plain water. Place the cooked rice on a serving dish, cut the chicken breasts in halves, place them on top of rice. Sprinkle with powdered cinnamon. Roast 3 whole pita breads in the oven. When brown, tranfer to a serving dish, and crack them into medium-sized crumbs. Cut two big onions into small squares, put in a saucepan, add vinegar to the brim.
When serving, use soup plates.
- Bread is traditionally put in the plate first, then the rice, the chicken, and the Mulokhia per se on top. Lastly comes the vinegar-onion mix.
- Well-done lamb meat cubes can also be added to the chicken.
This also can be enjoyed as a vegetarian side dish: sauté three crushed garlic cloves with a cup of finely chopped coriander leaves, till brownish. Add the contents of a Cortas Whole Baby Okra, mix well. Add one tablespoon Cortas Tomato Paste, a dash of Cortas Pomegranate Concentrate, and 100 ml. water. Cook for 10 minutes on low fire. Serve with grilled pitta bread, and an assortment of Cortas Pickles.
Bamieh Banadoora - Okra in Tomato Sauce
Simply add crushed garlic, salt and Cortas Extra Virgin Olive Oil to heated Cortas Okra in Tomato Sauce and serve on a bed of rice.
One delicious salad that can accompany any mezzé: Open a can of Cortas Truffles, wash them well. Dry them one by one, cut in halves, place in bowl. Prepare a vinaigrette sauce with two tablespoons mustard, four tablespoons Cortas Extra Virgin Olive Oil, two tablespoons Cortas Lemon Juice Substitute. Mix well. Pour on top of the truffles. Decorate with coriander leaves.