This is one of the very delicious Syrian appetizer, The receipe is for 5 person and require 2h between preparation and cooking.
¤ 1 1/2 cups brown lentils
¤ 8 cups water
¤ 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
¤ 2 large onions, chopped (1/2 cup)
¤ 1 cup finely chopped fresh coriander
¤ 1/2 cup lemon juice
¤ 1 cup olive oil
¤ 2 tablespoon pomegranate thickened juice
¤ 1 head garlic, crushed with a dash of salt
¤ 1/2 cup vegetable oil
¤ 1/2 teaspoon of salt
¤ a dash of ground allspice
1 - Dough: Put flour with 1/2 cup of water and some salt in a bowl. Knead dough and leave for 2 hours then sprinkle flour over it.
2 - Roll out the dough on a floured surface, till it becomes as thin as possible and round shaped. Fold about 7 cm at one end. Sprinkle flour and fold another 7 cm, same side. Repeat until dough is all layers.
3 - Cut dough into small squares then open them. Put half the quantity in a flat dish. Fry the other half in 1/4 cup of hot vegetable oil until golden. Use to garnish at the end.
4 - Lentil mixture:
5 - Pick small stones or dirt from lentils then wash lentils well, and place in a heavy pan with water. Bring to a boil. Cook on medium heat for 1 1/2 hours or until tender. Add lemon juice, pomegranate juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
6 - Fry sliced onions with 1/4 cup of vegetable oil until golden. Add half the quantity of onions to lentils.
7 - Fry in vegetable oil crushed garlic, coriander and add half the quantity to the lentils.
8 - Add unfried dough squares to lentil mixture. Keep stirring till dough is cooked (about 20 minutes).
9 - Serve hot or cold, garnished with fried onions, coriander and fried dough pieces.
posted by Arabic Food