[Sca-cooks] Quince juice

galefridus at optimum.net galefridus at optimum.net
Thu Oct 13 21:02:27 PDT 2011

Thanks to all those who replied to my question.  I'm pretty sure that whatever I end up using should be "raw" quince juice, since the recipe explicitly states "freshly pressed."  Someone had asked whether there were any other recipes calling for quince juice.  I looked up every indexed occurrence of the word "quince," but I didn't find any others.  Many things that have quince in them, including several drinks, but only one food using the juice.  For those who are interested, here's the recipe, which I'm going to try this weekend:

Zirbaja with quince by Ibn al-Mahdi. He used to call it muslihat al-ma'ida (the stomach fixer) and burmat al-ma'ida (the soapstone pot of the stomach):

Disjoint plump pullets and put them in a clean pot along with a piece of galangal, a handful of skinned soaked chickpeas, 1 ratl (1 pound) whole skinned onions, and a little salt.  Pour enough water to cover the meat and add 3 uqiyyas (1/3 cup) olive oil.  Let the pot cook fire until onions are done.  Take out all onions and discard them.

Pour into the pot 1/4 ratl (1/2 cup) vinegar and let it boil until until vinegar is cooked. Add 1/2 ratl (1 cup) quince juice freshly pressed.  Add as well 1/2 uqiyya (15 grams) coriander seeds, 1/2 dirham (1 1/2 grams) black pepper, 1/2 dirham (1 1/2 grams) spikenard, 3 dirhams (9 grams) cumin, and 20 dirhams (2 oz) breadcrumbs.  Put the pot away from heat and wipe clean the inner sides of the pot.  Wait until it rests and serve it, God willing.

>From Annals of the Caliphs Kitchen, p. 275.

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