Traditional Cooking Class

There is nothing better than preparing a meal with ingredients you can harvest from your own garden, add to that a Jordanian home cook as your teacher and some old family recipes  and you know you are going to be in for a real treat.  If your taste buds aren’t tingling yet, they will be once you are in the kitchen.

After arriving at the Greening The Desert project you will be taken to the Dar Al Shouneh restaurant where you will meet your host and local cook.  In our professional chefs, home-style kitchen, you will choose to cook one of the three traditional Jordanian Dishes listed below. Afterwards you will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the heart warming dish that you have prepared.

In this class you can choose one of the following dishes:

Dish 1: Jordanian Maftool مفتول عربي

This is an ancient traditional dish of Jordan.  Made with a split boiled wheat which we call Maftoul (that is similar to a couscous) chickpeas, warm spices and a broth.  Typically we serve this dish with Chicken and it is popular during special occasions and celebrations.

Dish 2: Jordanian Mansaf منسف اردني

Mansaf is the traditional dish of Jordan and an all time favourite.  It is a very old recipe that was first introduced by the Bedouin tribes and is now typical served during special occasions or when inviting special guests.  It is a complex dish consisting of lamb, homemade yoghurt , turmeric rice and flatbread.  Traditional herbs, spices and nuts are added to produce mouth watering flavours.

Dish 3: Maqluba مقلوبة

Maqluba which literally translates to “upside-down”  is another traditional dish of Jordan which is believed to date as far back as the 13th century.  This impressive dish is a combination of rice, meat and vegetables which are carefully layered and spiced before cooking and then flipping the dish upside down to serve.

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