The feast featured a range of dips, starting from hummus and labneh (a mild yogurt dip), some fresh Pita, falafel, sambusak and more.
We know her as the legendary choreographer and director, but many of her peers and top actors have also called her one of the best ‘chefs’ of the industry. That’s right, Farah Khan Kunder can apparently cook up a storm, and is known to throw some memorable parties filled with food, for her friends at her residence. Looks like the foodie director also likes visiting restaurants when abroad. In one of her latest Instagram posts, Farah wrote about how she seldom posts ‘food pictures’, but the food she had at Bayt El Talleh was too beautiful to miss. “I rarely put up food pics, but the food @bayt.eltalleh in doha was just as beautiful as it was delicious.. #qatardiaries #doha”, she wrote in her caption.
The Levantine feast did look every bit magnificent. It featured a range of dips, starting from hummus and labneh (a mild yogurt dip), some fresh Pita, falafel, sambusak (yes, the same fried pastry that led to the origin of samosas), and many more interesting snacks and delicacies, like Lebanese spiced potatoes or Battata Harra. We also spotted a range of salads you typically expect from the eastern Mediterranean setting like this, like the fattoush (toasted khubs with mixed greens and cherry tomatoes), beet salad and tabouleh (chickpea salad) etc. The conspicuous absence of meat and kebabs, may come as a surprise to many, but you may not know that Levantine cuisine is replete with vegetarian delicacies, and people over their love their seasonal veggies, greens, nuts, herbs and oil.
If all this has made you crave an authentic Mediterranean feast, then here are three basic recipes you must know.
Hummus is a mild, creamy dip made with blending chickpeas olive oil and sometimes toasted sesame seeds are also used. You can add other veggies and fruits like beetroot and avocado to make flavoured hummus too, but the classic one always hits home. Here’s a recipe
Pita is one of the most common types of breads associated with the cuisine. It can be made with whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour, other ingredients are olive oil and yeast. Very easy to make, even easier to eat.
This hearty salad is one of the best ‘cold foods’ to serve at parties or intimate gatherings. Made with bulgar wheat, parsley, mint leaves, spring onions and tomatoes. This is summer in a bowl.