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Lahoh — لحوح


Lahoh reminds me of Ramadan in Aden. My mum would buy paper thin Lahoh from the Somali market and we would have them for Sahoor. I like to put some ghee on a skillet, crisp them, sprinkle sugar on top and enjoy with a cup of Adeni red tea. Yum.  These are not the same kind because they have 3 kinds of flour in them, and buttermilk. My mother-in-law makes these. They come out so thin. Here’s the recipe, “Bismillah.”

You will need:

1) 1 and a 1/2 cup of white flour

2) 1/2 cup of wheat flour

3) 1/3 cup of millet flour

4) 3 cups of water

5) 1 cup of buttermilk [I used whole]

6) 1 tsp of black seed

7) 1 and  1/2 tsp of yeast

8) 1 and 1/2 tsp of sugar

9) 1 tsp of salt [I used sea salt]

Mix all the above ingredients together into a smooth batter. Let rise for approximately 2 hours–less if your home is warm enough. Place a skillet under medium high heat until it is hot, and then using a 1/4 cup measurement  pour the batter onto the skillet and move the skillet around until the batter makes a thin coating. When it browns on the bottom and is nice and fluffy on top remove and continue until all the batter is done. Enjoy with your favorite sauce [try Glaba/Qlaba/Khusar]  with it, or just with a little honey or ghee and sugar. It’s delish.

Mix ingredients

Has risen


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Pizza Crust

I have searched far and wide for a good pizza dough and none satisfied me. I needed a dough for a nice thin crust like the one I loved from Domino’s Pizza. So, finally this has worked for me very well. Let’s start Bismillah! For one pizza enough for 3-4 people:

1) 2 cups of white flour [I used organic white flour]

2) 1/2 tsp of salt [I used sea salt]

3) 1/2 tsp of sugar

Mix all the above dry ingredients together. Then come the liquid ingredients:

1) 2 1/4 tsp of yeast dissolve in 1/4 cup of warm water

2) 1/2 cup of warm water [it’s best if you heat it up rather than use tap water]

3) 1 tblsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Mix the dry and liquid ingredients to make a dough. You may or may not need extra water to help it come together. Knead well on a surface by hand for 5 minutes or so. Place in an greased bowl for 10 minutes for a thin crust pizza, or 40-50 minutes for regular crust. Either way, once the dough has rested spread it out with your fingers [you may dip your hands in olive oil to help] to the desired size, or use a rolling pin to desired size–the thinner you want it the more you want it spread out, Then prick it with a fork and bake for 5 minutes in a 500 degree oven before you use your favorite toppings and bake again in the oven.

For toppings I made some tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes from the farmer’s market. I immersed the in hot water, peeled and diced them. Cooked the tomatoes in olive oil, with garlic, salt, pepper, oregano and a little tomato paste. Make sure you don’t put too much sauce, or else the pizza will get soggy. Made some meat balls using ground beef , garlic, oregano, cracked black pepper and salt. Added some green olives, and Mozzarella cheese [fresh and shredded]. You can basically use any toppings you like. Then bake in a preheated 500 degree oven until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned. Enjoy with ranch dressing.

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