NIta’s Middle Eastern Pizza

It was a hot lazy weekend for me.  I didn’t make it to Farm 51 this week so I am back to rummaging through the pantry to see what inspiration I can find.  I was watching Diner’s Drive-In’s and Drives and they showed a guy out of Arlington, TX making Thyme Pie.  It was Prince Lebanese Grill.  Well I was inspired because I knew I had Zattar on hand.  I created my own version of Thyme Pie suing some of my favorite secret ingredients just to take it up a notch.

Secret Ingredients:


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Dal Curry mix by Shan


This was a tricky one to find.  Luckily the owner of the store helped me out.  International House of Spices has a LARGE selection of Shan products and the owner of the store told me the FDA has made labeling so strict and confusing that it is hard to know what products are what.  Luckily he corrected my choice when I went to check out.  I have a recipe for Nita’s Dal Makhani – Beans and Lentils (recipe below) and I was unfamiliar with a few of the ingredients.  So I did my research via Google and then talked to the owner to see if they had the product.  He guided me in the right direct.

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Mango Thokku – Pickled Grated Mango

I was introducing a Indian friend to the Asian Spice store in West Philly.  Her eyes lit up when she saw the variety of Indian pickles.  I knew right then that these pickle things must be special.  So I asked her about it and she explained that they were pantry staples that you added to dishes to give them authenticity.  The ones you favor depend on your taste. Continue reading

Baroody – Falafel Mix

I was showing an Indian friend of mine a gem of a store in West Philly and she was teaching me about products she uses.  She turned me on to the pre-made falafel mix.  I was skeptical at first.  I explained to her that I have tried on so many occasions to make homemade Falafel and they usually just fall apart.  She chuckled and said no no..this is what I use.  I even bake it to make it more healthy.  I reviewed the mix ingredients and there are ingredients I would have never thought to use, so I thought why not give it a try.  It is just $2.60.

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