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Maneet Chauhan Loves Indian Street Food!
By Reem Kassis - Friend of Milk Street
"Fatteh, derived from an old Arabic verb meaning 'to break bread and steep in liquid,' is a common dish across the Middle East. The base is bread, but the toppings vary from eggplants (aubergines) and chickpeas, to rice and a variety of meats. The sauces are just as varied with some yogurt-based, others tahini-based, and others broth- or lemon-based. Moona, a restaurant in Boston serving up creative Middle Eastern dishes based on pantry ingredients (moona means 'pantry' in Arabic), has a version made with mushrooms. The first time I tried the dish, I was skeptical. 'Mushrooms?!' I thought. But I was blown away by the flavors and textures. Mushrooms have an earthy, meaty taste that is superbly complemented by the sweet tartness of pomegranate molasses, the crunchiness of the toasted bread and nuts, and the brightness of the yogurt-tahini dressing. Just another example of how pushing boundaries can lead to delicious surprises." — Friend of Milk Street Reem Kassis
Reprinted with permission from "The Arabesque Table: Contemporary Recipes from the Arab World," by Reem Kassis (Phaidon, April 2021)
large or small thin pita breads in ¾-inch/2 cm squares (6 ounces/165 grams or 2 ½ generous cups)
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