[Sca-cooks] Banana Recipe
ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Mon Jul 19 11:59:34 PDT 2010
With all the posts on bananas, I didn't notice
any period recipes for them, perhaps because most
of the posters are from barbarian lands on the
fringes of the civilized world, where such things
are more rumor than ingredient. My memory is that
the illustration in the _Four Seasons of the
House of Cerruti_ suggests that the artist had
never seen one.
A recipe for Judhaba of bananas by Ibn al Mahdi
Al-Warraq p. 375
Peel the bananas and set them aside. Spread a
ruqaqa (thin round of bread) in the pan and
spread a layer of bananas over it. Sprinkle the
banana layer with pure sugar, and spread anotehr
ruqaqa all over it. Repeat the layering of
banana, sugar, and ruqaqa until the pan is full.
Pour enough rose water to drench the layered
ingredients, [put the pan in a hot tannur,]
suspend a fine chicken over it, [and let it
roast] God willing.
Bananas: 40 ounces. Ruqaqa: 10 oz iranian
thin bread Sugar: _ c _ water 2T rose
Oil the bottom of the pan. Make four layers of
sliced (or mashed) bananas sprinkled with sugar,
alternating with thin bread, pour in rose water
on top. Arrange with the chicken on a wooden spit
above the layers so the drippings fall on them.
Cook for about 1-2 hours at 325°.
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