MENU — July 7
[beef & lamb] Kebab Hindi كباب هندي
Levantine cuisine has no shortage of kebabs – the cooking of meat on a stick is probably one of the most ancient dishes in the world. As Islamic culture spread across the world it brought with it many dishes, and brought back many inspirations and influences. So it comes as no surprise that there are countless kebab dishes in India, nor that Indian culinary ideas have also filtered back through to the Middle East. Kebab Hindi, or “Indian-Style Kebab”, is a long-standing traditional Syrian favourite, even as cooking meat in a tomato and onion-based reduction is a common Indian technique. This dish features skewers of a combination of halal ground beef and lamb garnished with pine nuts, and is served alongside Rez bel Shairieh (rice with vermicelli).
[vegetarian] Yalanji يالنجي
Stuffed grape vine leaves can be found on tables all around the Eastern Mediterranean. This Syrian version features a rice filling seasoned generously with parsley, mint, garlic, onion and black pepper; some cooks add a bit of finely ground coffee that adds complexity and depth. The are baked in a tangy sauce of tomato, lemon, pomegranate and olive oil, and served with handmade flatbread cooked on the domed saj oven.
This popular Levantine salad is made using toasted or fried pieces of pita bread combined with mixed greens, fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber and radish, but vary according to season and region. Mint and parsley lend a freshness and fragrance, and dried sumac (the same staghorn sumac that grows here in Ontario) gives the olive oil-based dressing a distinctive tangy flavour.
One of the most well-known traditional Syrian desserts; a simple cake of semolina, butter, sugar and yogurt drizzled with simple syrup scented with lemon. This version features a generous sprinkling of pistachios.
Meals will go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Meals will be available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, July 7.
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Tonight’s meal is available in limited quantities. Proceeds from the sales of these dishes help pay for all the ingredients prepared by the moms to take home to their families, with any remaining proceeds shared amongst the cooks. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee moms to use restaurant kitchens to cook traditional Syrian dishes in a fun, social setting. Meals are prepared and packaged, and then sold online for pickup or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.
We also offer 1 spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Thursday afternoon. We are asking for a $50 donation for this, which will go to topping up the $ we have to share with the cooks. This is available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.
NOTE: during Ramadan (until July 7) there will be no family meal as the cooks are fasting, but our guest cook will get a meal to take home.
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