As posted in the Chinese cookbook thread: http://forums.egulle...nese-cookbooks/
When I think of the Middle East, I never think of celery - I wonder if that's artistic licence, or if celery is really popular in the Arabian Peninsula?
That's a good question. I don't recall celery in any of the Middle Eastern dishes I've eaten, nor do I recall seeing it in the souks in Egypt. I'm no authority on the topic (I'm hoping Hassouni or FoodMan will pop in), so I checked with several of my Middle Eastern cookbooks, including my Egyptian cookbooks. No mention of celery in salads that I could see. There IS an Arabic word for celery, so it isn't a complete unknown. Still, I'm inclined to think this recipe writer has made use of artistic license.
Perhaps a separate topic will attract some knowledge about authentic recipes with celery?
Not that I'm an expert on this subject, but here are some recipes I've come across online over the years. Placing the recipes under just one country or people might be completely wrong, but it's meant as a nudge into the somewhat geographical direction and not meant as a definitive in any way.
I've skipped the ones that just use a bit of the leaves, so this is mainly about stalk and root type and not always as the main attraction either.
- Pickle: Torshi
- Yoghurt with celery: Borani e Karafs
- Shorba Yavron
- Pickled veg: Tsarska Turshiya
- Mashawa: Black and mung bean soup
- Kabsah: http://arabicfood.bl...e-and-meat.html
- Celery Musakka: http://en.aleppofood...celery-musakka/
- Zeytinyağlı Kereviz : http://ozlemsturkish...nyagli-kereviz/
- Kereviz Kökü: http://mediterranean...reviz-koku.html
- Etli Kereviz Dolmas: http://www.mytraveli...olmas-meat.html
- Hindi Etli Kereviz Yemegi: http://turkishkitche...kereviz-yemegi/
- Red lentil and squash soup: Shorabit Jarjir
- Harira soup
Any comments, suggestions and/or more/better recipes are obviously more than welcome