Entries by Zahra Abdalla

One Pot Spicy Cherry Tomato & Basil Pasta

The ultimate one pot meal, simply throw all the ingredients into the pot and lunch is served in less than 10 minutes. The key to the success of this recipe is to use the exact about of water written int the recipe. For extra variety, add any kind of vegetable that you have in the

One Pot Pea Stew

Pea stew with lamb, the ultimate comfort food and one pot meal. I make this recipe at least twice in a month and always make extra to freeze for those days that I don’t have to much time on my hand to cook and need something that I can easily de-frost and heat up for

One Pot Saffaron Chicken with Freekeh

Freeka is one of those ingredients that I stayed away from for the longest time.  I always thought it was difficult to make, but I finally built the courage to try making a recipe with this wonderful ingredient.  I have to say it was not as intimidating as I thought it would be.  This delicious

One Pot Enchilada Pasta

 One Pot Mexican Enchilada Pasta, a delicious twist to the traditional tortilla enchilada.  This one pot meal is our new household favourite that I like serving with a dollop of sour cream and a side of guacamole.  Who said cooking couldn’t be fun.  Hope you enjoy this recipe as much we did. 

One Pot Roast Chicken and Vegetables

 So proud and honoured to be featured in September 2016 issue of Gourmet UAE magazine. I shared some of my favourite one pot meals that are easy to make and absolutely delicious. This one pot roast chicken and vegetables is a very simple and easy to make recipes that I make once a week. My

Maqlubat Beitinjan (Upside-down Eggplants)

One of my favourite vegetables has got to be eggplants; you can have it as an appetizer, in a stew or in a Maqluba.  I discovered the wonderful world of Maqluba’s when I got married to my husband. My husband in Palestinian Jordanian and before getting married to him I was not very familiar with


As a child I remember that my mom always made her own yoghurt. This was a tradition that was passed on from one generation to another. If there were any certainties in life, you knew that you would always find yoghurt in the fridge. Yoghurt is such a simple yet important staple ingredient. We would

Artichoke with Garlic and Lemon Dip

Delicious artichokes with garlic and lemon dip, the perfect starter and a great way to wow your guests at your dinner party. Artichokes are typically a vegetable that most avoid to make, at first glance it looks quite intimidating to make, but his recipe is a simple step-by-step of how easy it actually is to

Zaatar Salad

I would have to say that Zaatar salad is one of my favourite salads. It can be eaten alone, as a side-dish or simply with bread. I have been guilty of sneaking into the fridge in the middle of night with my side-kick husband and helping ourselves to some leftover zaatar salad and making some

Lentil Soup

One of the first recipes I ever created was Lentil soup. It was over 12 years ago that I moved to Dubai and during the months of Ramada I co-hosted my very first Iftar with my room mates. I was designated to make Lentil soup, but the problem was that I never made it before,

Pomegranate and Parsley Salad

My husband and I were invited to my sister’s house over the weekend and she made the most amazing salad.  I love the balance of the sweet and sour flavours.  Serve with grilled or roasted chicken and it makes for a healthy dinner.