Middle Eastern Kitchen Essentials
Middle Eastern kitchen tools are simple yet unique to the region. Here is a reference guide to give you an insight about how and using which tools can you set up a kitchen that has all the Middle Eastern kitchen Essentials.
The list of must have Middle Eastern kitchen tools is as follows:
A staple dish in Middle East is the couscous. To cook a couscous dish, the tool used is called the quadra wa alkaskas or the couscousiere. It consists of two compartments. The vapors from the perforated lower compartment are allowed to rise to the upper part, thus enabling the steaming of couscous.
Tagine and Majmar
It is the traditional earthenware in which the food is cooked. The food prepared in this cookware is also referred to as the Tagine. A stew made of lamb or chicken that is simmered for a long time in a shallow pan with a conical lid is an example of a Tagine. The dish is placed on open fire or a bed of charcoals to heat it for prolonged durations. A charcoal brazier made up of terracotta is used to heat up the Tagine. This is called as the Majmar
It is a large ladle and is used for stirring, preparation and distribution of food as well. Traditionally it was made of wood, but nowadays a stainless steel, long, hand-held ladle can be useful for scooping, stirring and serving meals.
It is a small coffee pot used to prepare Middle Eastern coffee. A must have equipment in an Middle Eastern kitchen; the Rakwah Qahwah has a long spout and is used for brewing coffee.
Hawan or Madaqqa
It is the Middle Eastern version of mortar and pestle used across various cultures. It is typically used to crush coffee, spices, nuts and herbs such as parsley, cilantro and garlic.
These are the Middle Eastern skewers made up of metal or a wood stick to hold pieces of food like kebabs together. These are used for grilling or roasting pieces of meat. Metal skewers are made of stainless steel and have a pointed end. The other end is used to grip the skewer and for removing the food. It is advisable to soak the skewer before using a wooden one. Usually a wooden skewer is made up of bamboo wood.
Finjan chai or Istikan
These are small tea glasses in which a special Middle Eastern spicy tea called Finjan is served. These are ceramic or porcelain vessels having an hour glass shape.
This is also a pot with a long curved spout and handle. This is also used for brewing coffee.
It is a Middle Eastern pot similar to Dalla that has a long spout. It is used for brewing liquids like oil and wine. It is also called as Cezve. The pot size is quite small and the top is much narrow than the bottom. Ibriks are generally made up of brass or hammered copper. One can easily find the stainless steel versions in market these days.
Thus a Middle Eastern kitchen can be set up anywhere in the world to cook the steaming delicacies of the land of sand and fables.