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Zahra bi leban–Cauliflower with yogurt

This is a little side dish that I learned years ago. It is traditionally eaten with Arabic bread. We used to eat it here and there for breakfast, but  over the past 6 years I had forgotten about it. One day a few months back I whipped it up and the kids loved it.

Ingredients

One head of cauliflower

1 Tbs. olive oil

Garnish- 1/2 tsp. dry mint

Sauce ingredients

2 cups plain yogurt

1 large clove garlic

2 Tbs. Tahini

1/2 tsp. salt

1 Tbs. lemon juice

Put all sauce ingredients in a blender and mix well. Refrigerate until needed.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

This recipe calls for deep frying the cauliflower but I don’t do that any more.  Sprinkle a little olive oil on a baking pan or spray it with cooking spray. Wash the cauliflower and cut into bite size pieces. Place cauliflower on tray, lightly salt. Place tray with cauliflower in oven and let it cook until tender and a little brown. I cooked it for 40 minutes. Remove from oven. Let it cool a little so you can work with it.

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Place cooked cauliflower in a bowl and smash it with a fork. It can be a little chunky. Pour sauce over cauliflower and lightly mix with a spoon, pour onto a plate. Drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle with mint. This is usually eaten with Arabic bread.

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  1. My kind of recipe, thanks for posting. N.

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    October 23, 2015
  2. Wow that is different. I like cauliflower and yogurt as well. Will have to try this house.

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    October 23, 2015
  3. Deanne #

    Looking so good Lynz. Thanks for sharing 💕💕💕

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    October 23, 2015
  4. Sounds delicious Lynz :-

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    October 23, 2015
  5. Hi Lynz, sorry to say I just cannot get behind Cauliflower or any of its associated recipes. I think the saying goes “Cauliflower? I’d rather lick my own….” For this reason and this reason alone I cannot like this post…. 😉

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    October 23, 2015
  6. Looks yummy! Great use of cauliflower. Interesting that you would eat it for breakfast!

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    October 23, 2015
  7. Well, well interesting combination!

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    October 23, 2015
  8. I think I will love this! Thanks!

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    October 23, 2015
  9. Oh I love anything with tahini! 🙂 Great recipe, thank you! :*

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    October 23, 2015
  10. We love cauliflower. I noticed in a comment above that you said this recipe is sometimes made with lamb, and that is what I remember having in the Middle East. Nice to know it’s good without the meat.

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    October 23, 2015
    • yes this is something my mother in law put together with her left over cauliflower from another dish. she deep fried the cauliflower which I dont do. This is just very quick and no fuss. Glad you like it

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      October 23, 2015
  11. Wow! You’re truly amazing!!!

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    October 23, 2015
  12. I love the spicing. You make everything look so great!

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    October 23, 2015
  13. Sounds delicious Lyn, always had cucumber never cauliflower, love that!!

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    October 23, 2015
  14. Yummmm… Thank you for this lyn.. This makes me feel so good!! I’m gonna try this for sure!! I never knew, it was made this way.. 😱😱

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    October 23, 2015
  15. omtatjuan3 #

    Why Why Why does it have to have yogurt… I like Cauliflower, what did that innocent Cauliflower do to deserve that?!

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    October 23, 2015
  16. I have a home grown cauliflower and this is now my inspiration for how I will prepare it. Looks great!

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    October 23, 2015
  17. Looks delicious! I have a little change I will make. I love to roast cauliflower. Such a delicious taste…then add your idea for yogurt…..I’m making this!

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    October 23, 2015
  18. I like this recipe a lot. It’s very different to our traditional Cauliflower au gratin (Cauliflower Cheese) but I really do love yoghurt, and roast cauliflower! So this looks like a great alternative that could be served with so many things. Thank you, Lynn.

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    October 23, 2015
    • Thanks Millie!! I love your new post!

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      October 23, 2015
      • Thank you! I so wanted to nominate you for this, but I have the feeling that you don’t do award or challenge posts. I haven’t seen any on your blog, so I thought I’d better not.

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        October 23, 2015
        • Thank you Millie! I feel so bad but to be honest as you saw with your reblog I am not good at this stuff. the first 3 awards I did were not great, it took me all day. Then I reblogged twice and people thought I had put up the two articles!! They were telling me it was a great recipe etc. I have to get my daughter to help me and then I got so far behind I just gave up! so I now don’t even try! I love to mention people and put their link so I decided ok that is my thing. Thanks so much Millie! I loved reading, I forgot you have 6!!!!

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          October 23, 2015
          • To be honest, Lynn, award posts do take a long time to do, and if you already post a lot – as you do – they’re probably not worth doing. (I’ve got three waiting to be done at the moment.) It took a while fo me to do the Challenge post, too, – but only because I’m an idiot and write long answers. Other people are sensible and just do a sentence for each. Somehow, I just have to go over the top.
            I agree – daughters are very useful when it comes to sorting out difficult things on WP. My blog wouldn’t have survived without Louise regularly rescuing me. The younger people just seem to know how to do these things automatically. Me, I’m a techno -nerd! 😀

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            October 23, 2015
          • Yes they do help so much!!!

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            October 23, 2015
  19. Thanks so much for sharing… I love learning about traditional foods from around the world, even better if I can make them at home. I am definitely going to try this! The timing couldn’t be better as there is a head of cauliflower sitting in my fridge from my CSA pick up this week. Yum!

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    October 23, 2015
  20. This looks really delicious, Lynn! I’ve never known how to cook cauliflower, and this recipe definitely looks like something I would love to learn! I love yogurt sauces!

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    October 23, 2015
  21. Cauliflower is so versatile!! I love this recipe 🙂

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    October 23, 2015
  22. I love roasted cauliflower and this looks so refreshing with the yogurt sauce Lynz 🙂

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    October 23, 2015
  23. Wow flavorsome Lynz….

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    October 24, 2015
  24. Yum yum yum

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    October 24, 2015
  25. Looks yummy – I love cauliflower!

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    October 24, 2015
  26. Interesting combination and very interesting that it is eaten for breakfast.

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    October 24, 2015
    • thanks Bernadette, well you can eat it any time and we did just eat it as a snack as well.

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      October 24, 2015
  27. I would have never thought of this combination! Thanks for sharing Lynn:)

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    October 24, 2015
  28. What an interesting way to serve cauliflower. You sound like you have really happy children, thanks to their good mother:-)

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    October 24, 2015
  29. Sounds so scrumptious, Lynn!

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    October 24, 2015
  30. Sounds delicious and different from other cauliflower recipes I’ve seen, even Middle Eastern ones!

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    October 24, 2015
  31. Sounds very delicious Lynn 🙂

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    October 24, 2015
  32. I prepare this almost in the same way… 🙂

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    October 24, 2015
  33. I purchased mini naan bread as substitute to pizza crusts. I throw in any kind of toppings for our pizza night. This yogurt sauce and cauliflower would be great substitute to tomato sauce then top with fresh mozzarella and Feta cheese. Oh, delicious! 😀

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    October 24, 2015
  34. I don’t care for yogurt but gave you a thumbs up anyway because somehow you still managed to make it look tasty [to me] lol

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    October 24, 2015
  35. I LOVE this!!!! I could eat this morning, noon and night!!!

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    October 24, 2015
    • ha ha I am so glad Elaine! How are you?

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      October 25, 2015
      • Hi, I’m good, I keep meaning to do a post then not getting round to it!
        I’m currently in Abu Dhabi, staying with my Mum, getting my Middle East fix 🙂 x

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        October 25, 2015
        • Oh fun!!! yeahh! How long did you live there and do you have any middle eastern heritage! sorry don’t answer if that is too personal!

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          October 25, 2015
          • Not at all…I moved to Dubai in January 1984 and I was here full time for 4 and a half years; I left (when I was 17) to go back to the UK to go to college, which is when my Mum left my Dad and also ended up elsewhere in the UK. My Dad then stayed on for another 15 years and I visited several times a year for a while, and in the meantime my Mum remarried and ended up in Oman, then Abu Dhabi, so I’ve visited them too!
            She has now been in Abu Dhabi for 18 years, and now married to husband number 3 (the best of the lot)…so really I’ve been coming to and from the UAE for over 30 years. It’s been in my life since I was 12 years old and no one had ever heard of the UAE or Dubai, we used to have to get an atlas out to show people where it was!

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            October 25, 2015
          • ha ha wow what a rich life you have lead! More like my kids! thanks for sharing!! 🙂 Glad mom has a good one this time.

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            October 25, 2015
          • She does!!
            By the way, that’s only part of it…I was born in the north of the U.K. and moved to Holland when I was four months old, stayed for 2 years, then back to the north of the U.K., then to the south, then back to Holland for another two years then back to the UK before moving to Dubai!

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            October 25, 2015
          • Wow you truly are international!!!

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            October 25, 2015
          • Yes…I don’t really come from anywhere…I quite like that though..;)

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            October 25, 2015
          • Yes it is very cool!! We are living in a tiny town and my older kids are not used to it! very much farm type living which I adore!!! They eat different foods and say things in a different way and see things, of course in a unique way! It is cool!

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            October 25, 2015
          • Wonderful! Down to earth 🙂

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            October 25, 2015
          • 🙂

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            October 25, 2015
          • yes so nice!

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            October 25, 2015
  36. This looks wonderful!

    Marcey

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    October 24, 2015
  37. I love cauliflower…don’t know why I do not purchase and eat it more often. Thanks for the reminder. This recipe sounds like a good way to meet up with an old favorite.

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    October 25, 2015
    • Thanks JoHanna, I never cared for it, but in the middle east vegetables are used in most dishes so I really discovered that I love cauliflower ha ha

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      October 25, 2015
  38. Looks yummy

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    October 25, 2015
  39. THANK YOU for this excellent recipe, Lynz! My mouth is watering.

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    October 25, 2015
  40. I think I would like it without the sauce.

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    October 26, 2015
  41. This looks awesome! Yum!

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    October 29, 2015

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