My love for Middle Eastern cooking goes back to my days living as an expat in the UAE. I love the mild and aromatic flavours of the spices like harissa, sumac and zaa’taar. I try most often at home to vary the cuisine that I serve to my family. As much as we love Indian food, the use of the same spices and flavours can become monotonous and mundane. I love experimenting with Mexican, Asian and my favourite, Middle Eastern.
This dish is mildly spiced, making it ideal for the whole family. The flavours of the kebabs are bold, yet mellowed by the creamy zaa’taar sauce. The addition of eggplant slices is a great contrast and adds depth to the dish. Eggplant or aubergine is a very popular and widely used in Arabic cooking.
Following through with the Walnut Pesto motto, this dish is simple to make and the kebabs can be prepared in advance, and the cream is quick and easy to make. I hope that your family enjoys the contrasting flavours and tastes of the Middle East.
*The spices can be found at Woolworths, Amina’s Wonder Spice and at the Spice EmporiumYum