A bowl full of Sudanese ful medames with tomatoes, arugula, tomatoes andn onions on top.
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Ful Medames (Sudanese Fava Beans)

A delicious vegetarian recipe dating back to the Pharohs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Egyptian, Sudanese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
soaking time 8 hours
Total Time 10 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 155kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Fava Bean Dry
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 tsp cumin or to taste
  • 2 medium tomatoes diced
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 cup Arugula baby
  • 4 large hard-boiled eggs optional
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame oil

Instructions

  • Soak the dry fava beans in water for at least 8 hours or overnight. Drain
  • In a large pot, add in the soaked fava beans and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer, and cook for about 2 hours or until the beans are soft
  • Put your fava beans into a bowl along with some broth.
  • Mash the beans using a potato masher or you could use a coke bottle like they do in Sudan.
  • Add in the salt and cumin to taste.
  • Put the beans in your serving bowl and top with some of the tomatoes, cheese, arugula, and onions, top with sesame oil and serve with some warm flat bread.
  • You can serve the left over toppings so people can add more of what they like including the hard-boiled eggs if using. We also served it with Sudanese shata, a hot sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 723mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 498IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg

Sudanese Shata (A popular hot sauce)

Sudanese shata is a popular hot sauce that is used on many dishes in Sudan and South Sudan to spice things up a bit.  We used it on ful medames which is a delicious fava bean vegetarian dish that is considered to be the national dish.  The ful medames is served with several accompaniments and the Sudanese shata was that we really enjoyed.

a container with a popular hot sauce in Sudan called shata it has hot chili flakes, garlic and lemons.

This Sudanese shata hot sauce is made with spicy red pepper flakes, lemon juice, garlic with a bit of salt and pepper.  A quick and easy sauce to put together.  It certainly would be good on all sorts of dishes that need a bit of zip to liven them up with practically no calories.

Did you know that South Sudan is the newest country in the world?  They received their Independence in July 2011 after years of civil war.  Both Sudan and South Sudan have very impoverished people and have much work to do for peace in both nations. Sudan prior to the split was the largest country in Africa and since the split is the 3rd largest.  We pray for the people of both nations.

If you would like to learn more be sure to check out “Our Journey to Sudan and South Sudan”.  There you will find more authentic Sudanese recipes like Sudanese eggplant dip , ful Medames, and Sudanese peanut macaroons.

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a container with a popular hot sauce in Sudan called shata it has hot chili flakes, garlic and lemons.
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Sudanese Shata (A popular hot sauce)

A super quick and easy hot sauce that would be perfect to liven up just about any dish.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Sudanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 17kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Lemon Juice
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp Crushed Red Pepper hot
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and blend or whisk together.
  • Serve in a containter so it can easily be poured on the dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 890IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Spanish Garlic Mushrooms

This Spanish garlic mushrooms tapa is a quick and easy recipe that will delight the taste buds. What makes these garlic mushrooms so delicious is the use of a true Spanish sherry.  This is not cooking sherry it is sometimes called Jerez which is the area where it originated, and is a fortified wine.  Sherry was first produced in Spain and the process of making it was brought by the Moors in the 8th century. 

This recipe for Spanish garlic mushrooms calls for a dry sherry I recommend Fino the driest of Sherries, you should be able to find it at your local well stocked wine store. 

If you ever get a chance to visit Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, I highly recommend you take a tour at one or more of their famous bodegas for a fun sherry tasting experience. 

If you would like to learn more about the beautiful and fascinating country of Spain be sure to check out Our Journey to Spain. There you will also find more tapas recipes like Garlic Shrimp, Octopus with Potatoes, Spanish Tortilla and more.

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Spanish Garlic Mushrooms

Make certain to use a real Spanish sherry, not a cooking sherry for an authentic experience.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 237kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lb. mushrooms stemmed and quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and sliced thinly
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice fresh
  • 2 Tablespoons Spanish sherry dry
  • ¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley, fresh chopped finely
  • Lemon slices

Instructions

  • In a sautè pan, heat the olive oil until hot but not smoking.
  • Sautè the garlic for about 1 minute or just until fragrant
  • Add the mushrooms and cook 1 minute
  • Add the remaining ingredients except the parsley and lemon slices
  • Simmer for 2 minutes
  • Remove from stove and put into a tapas bowl.
  • Garnish with the chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices
  • Enjoy with some crusty bread, YUM!

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 489IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

 

South African Yellow Rice (Geelrys)

South African yellow rice is a delicious spiced rice.  It gets its yellow color and lovely flavor from turmeric and curry.  It is called geelrys in Afrikaans, which literally translates to yellow rice.  South African yellow rice is always served with the national dish called bobotie.  It also makes a wonderful side dish for just about any occasion.

 

This South African yellow rice recipe is simple and cooks up easily on the stove top. You should use basmati rice for this one.    Additionally, this recipe calls for sultana raisins they are dried white grapes, they are sweet and really elevate the dish.  If you don’t have them you can of course use regular raisins.

There are different recipes for this beloved dish, some add ginger and onion, some add cinnamon etc.  I made mine without the brown sugar and using a combination of water and chicken broth,  it turned out perfect.

Did you know that South Africa is one of the topmost wine producers in the world?  South Africa has been producing wine since 1659.  South Africa is home to the longest continuous wine route in the world. 

If you would like to learn more about South Africa be sure to check out “Our Journey to South Africa”.  You will also find more authentic South African recipes like Bobotie, biltong, and melktert.

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South African Yellow Rice (Geelrys)

A lovely side dish for any occasion but always alongside the national dish called bobotie.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South African
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 254kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine

Ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice rinsed & drained
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar optional
  • 2 cups chicken broth or water or combination of both
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the butter or oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the rice and gently stir until rice begins to turn opaque.
  • Add sultanas, turmeric, curry, and sugar if using and stir until well mixed in.
  • Slowly stir in chicken broth or water or combination of the two and raise heat to medium-high. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil then turn the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Simmer for 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg