I was ecstatic, enraptured, joyous … I was right there in the middle of the bakery section of the Lebanese supermarket, with my jaw dropped open n eyes popping out … I could not believe my eyes, I had just discovered, that they started making my favourite pita bread in rye too ! Quite a site that must’ve been of me holding the packet of bread in my hand, frozen in time, unaware of my surroundings and dreaming of the zillion things I could do with this bread. How does the bread taste ? … alright -  now this is a really pathetic effort to describe it but – its tastes of rye ! Well ok … its dark, deep, intense, slightly sour n bitter … you know … a really good rye taste ! Obviously I’ll need to do atleast a 100 posts before I think I might have done justice to the bread, but you’d be bored out your wits so I’ll spare you for now, leaving you with just these …

Fattoush – Lebanese Toasted Bread Salad

  • toasted rye bread pieces
  • 2 tomatoes – quatered or cut in slices
  • 1 green cucumber – cubed in large pieces
  • 1 red onion cubed ( optional )
  • ice berg/ romaine lettuce – roughly cut
  • parsley + mint  – chopped
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste

Start with toasting the pita bread in the oven . Roughly tear the pita bread, spread them out on a baking tray , drizzle some olive oil and bake them at 180 C for  a few minutes or till toasted. Set aside. For the dressing mix together, the garlic, sumac, olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt, whisk together. For the salad, in a bowl toss together the tomatoes, cucumber , lettuce, parsley and mint. You could by all means use onions, they are always used in the original recipe, I just didn’t feel like having some this time ! Add the toasted bread and pour the dressing over and give it a good toss again. Serve immediately.

Reshmi Chicken Kebab with Cumin Raita and Rye Pita Bread

Right so now from Lebanon we hop right over to India. I thought the rye bread goes really well with these soft and creamy yet flavoursome kebabs. Just get them off the skewer, place them in the center of the bread with some raita/yogurt dip , some lettuce and finely slices onion with lime n salt … make a roll and you’re ready to go !

  • de-bone 2 chicken thighs, cut the meat in cubes
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger+garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons double cream
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp freshly ground toasted cumin powder
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt to taste

Marinate the chicken cubes atleast for an hour better still overnight in all the above ingredients. Thread on skewers and you can either grill them on the BBQ or on a griddle pan with some olive oil. Cook for about 15 mins or till tender. Serve hot with chilled raita ( yogurt + salt+ freshly toasted cumin powder+ finely chopped mint leaves) and onion salad ( thinly sliced onion rings with salt and lime on top, and all of it mixed together).

And when really not in the mood to get fancy, simply enjoy the bread dipped in some luscious labneh with some red paprika n sumac sprinkled on top ! Simply Delightful !

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Comment :

Gorgeous pics!

What gorgeous pita breads! Your pictures are stunning!

Cheers,

Rosa

JOEY

I haven’t tried before but it seems a very healthy and yummy breads! I’ll come and taste it!

I love kebabs and hummus with Pita Bread!

Joy

Rye pita bread??? That sounds amazing!! I am all about the rye :) My favorite picture is the one of the hand holding the pita bread with a dollop of labneh — which I wanted to ask, what is that? Because it looks delicious. Lovely as always Kajal :)

Kajal

Sonia thanks

Rosa :) :)

Joey, if you can find some you have to but them

Peachkins … me too :)

Joy, thanks so much. Labneh is Arabic hung yogurt.

What a surprise! Actually I am not that surprised, Lebanese are notorious for being excellent merchants and will adapt to their market! The baker must have heard that people want rye bread so there! You got it!
Great post, enjoyed it!

Rye would definitely give the little something to make the pita even better. Love the salad and especially those kebabas.

I love everything rye!!! Rye flatbread with hummus & chicken kebab with raita sounds so appetizing!!

MMMMMMMMM,…I so love the last picture!!! Lovely!!!

Yum. You have a Lebanese super market near your house? Hmm, that kind of stuff doesn’t exist in this boonie town of mine… Anyway, looks very healthful and delicious. I especially like your chunky looking Fattoush…

simply beautiful! rye pita bread is such a great idea.

Great photos, as always. Never seen rye pita, sounds good!

That looks delicious! I have never had Libanese pita bread which looks different from the ‘regular’ pitabread we have here but I will have a lookout to see if I can find it here. it sounds delicious and looks great too!

Looks really delicious!

I’m in love with this rye pita bread! Lucky you! The fattoush looks great as do your chicken kebabs!

Wow the bread looks gorgeous! I love the color of the bread!

Kajal, the rye pita bread looks delicious!I’ve never had rye in such a preparation.

Nisrine

The most adventurous pita bread I’ve had is wholewheat…..Amazing when you find things dear to your heart, and tum! Love Fattoush.

Wow, fabulous pictures! Love the pictures of the pita bread…they must taste good with the reshmi kababs. Happy Valentine’s!

hi Kajal! I haven’t been here at your blog for a long time. What beautiful photos representing the foods you have in this post, I could almost taste everything you had!

I love the first and last photographs very much.

What fantastic ways to use this amazing rye pita–I love the salad and the simple photo of a piece topped with labneh. Simple and so delicious!

Those are some astoundingly beautiful pictures, Kate – love all the variations here!

Being half Lebanese, I grew up on this stuff. And I love it. But then, I’m biased =) Fab photos

Everything looks so delicious…specially the chicken kebab…we just had Persian food this weekend which resemble what you feature :-)

Beautiful pics Kate! Love both the recipes. Never had rye pita bread but I’ll take your word for it :)

Oh wow! I have such a craving for pita bread now! I will have to pick some up this weekend with some creme fraiche. The photographs are so beautiful!

I am holding a recipe competition on my blog, I really hope you participate!

Love rye pita bread! Your chicken kebab looks delicious and I always enjoy a good raita.
Thanks for stopping by my blog giving me the chance to discover yours. It’s a wonderful site you have here!
Magda

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Mandy

Was hoping for an actual recipe for the rye pita )


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