Monday, July 23, 2012

Asida

Tucked between Algeria and Libya, Tunisia is the farthest north country in Africa. It is also the smallest country in north Africa. It just recently had a revolution, and a new president was elected this past December. Although the new constitution requires the president to be Muslim, the people have religious freedom. Recently women have been given new freedoms too.
Asida is a popular dish in North African countries. It is often eaten during festivals or after the birth of a child. The recipe I found for it added a sweet syrup to the top of the porridge. This is common in Libya, but, since Tunisia is so close, I'm assuming they share some similarities in cooking methods. Anyway, I enjoyed the asida. I did find the syrup a bit much, so don't overdo it.

RECIPE FOR ASIDA
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup wheat flour
1 cup boiling water

Bring the salt, 1 tsp oil, and 1/2 cup of the water to a boil in a pot. Pour the flour into the pot, and remove it from the heat. Stir the mixture until the flour and water are combined into one lump.
Put the pot back on the heat, and add another half cup of boiling water. Let the dough cook uncovered until all the water is  absorbed. Flip the dough over once during this process.
Remove from heat. Stir and knead until it's in one big, smooth ball. Put it on a plate, and form a hole in the middle. It should kind of look like a bowl. Pour the rest of the oil on top, and fill the hole with date syrup.

DATE SYRUP RECIPE
1/3 c. pitted dates
1/4-1/2 c. hot water

Blend the dates and water together until it resembles a thick syrup.

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