Monday, 11 November 2013

Mbatin / libyan stuffed potatoes

Mbatin is a really tasty libyan dish that I picked up in my time there.. Although it is my own twist to the recipe, it is delish.. 

What you will need:

Mbatin / libyan stuffed potatoes
1 Onion
1 small bunch fresh coriander
2 Garlic cloves
1 teaspoon of Coriander powder
1 teaspoon of Paprika
Touch of Cinnamon
1 teaspoon of Black pepper
1 teaspoon of Salt

2 eggs
Flour for dipping

Tomatoe Sauce:
One can chopped tomatoes 
a small bunch of fresh coriander
3 garlic cloves
salt to taste, 
pepper to taste 
1 teaspoon coriander powder, 
half a cup of water

For the potatoes:
Slice potato lengthwise into thin slices -about 3mm thick, but keeping
each two slices joined together at the base, to form a sandwich, which
will be stuffed with minced meat and herbs and then fried (as per picture).

The Stuffing: 
In a chopper chop put the fresh
coriander, 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, teaspoon of salt, teaspoon of chili powder or paprika, teaspoon of coriander, teaspoon of black
pepper, and a touch of cinnamon). Add this to the mince meat.

Stuff the potatoes with the mincemeat mixture.
Dip it into egg, then into the flour. Throw into a deep fat fryer (or in frying pan with lots of
oil), and fry until golden brown. The oil needs to be really hot.

Drain off oil on kitchen paper. Then place potatoes in an oven dish (dont stack them on top of each other).

For the tomatoe sauce - mix one can chopped tomatoes, a small bunch of fresh coriander, 3 garlic cloves, salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, half a cup of water. blend together in a chopper.
Pour it over the potatoes. And stick in a moderate oven for about 45 minutes.

It is perfectly perfect served with a nice fresh salad. 

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