7 Recipes to Try on World Food Day!
Help us fight hunger with these international recipes
Food is a wonderful way for communities all over the globe to celebrate their culture and share it with others. From the farmers that grow our food to the culinary geniuses that plate up delicious meals for us to enjoy, on World Food Day 2020 we’re celebrating the diversity and delectability of meals from around the world and all the hard work that goes into putting them on the table!
Whether it’s a quick bowl of pasta or a home cooked meal you spent hours putting together, food is what keeps us going. Most of us, thankfully, have access to all the ingredients we need to make nutritious meals for ourselves and our loved ones, but there are more than 690 million people globally who go to bed hungry every night. Conflict and natural disasters play a huge role in hunger, as many families are unable to meet their basic needs during times of crisis.
Penny Appeal has set out to make sure families all over the world can make delicious meals just like you by providing Food Packs to millions of people. The items in our Food Packs are carefully selected by our teams on the ground to meet the cultural and traditional preferences of each country they are distributed in, using fresh, seasonal and locally produced goods. While each Food Pack might be slightly different, some of the items you can expect to find in them are flour, oil, rice, sugar, salt, tea, dates, lentils, pasta and many other goods.
Check out these 7 mouth-watering recipes from countries that Penny Appeal providhunger relief in, using some of the ingredients that can be found in our Food Packs. Try them out for yourself on World Food Day, and maybe make a donation to Feed Our World so you cahelp others whip up these tasty dishes as well!
Recipes From Around the World
Pakistan: Chana Masala
From Pakistan we have Chana Masala, a chickpea curry! This dish is simple to make but unbelievably delicious and will warm you with each spoonful you take. To make Chana Masala you’ll need the following ingredients: 1 cup chickpeas, 1 onion, 1 tomato, 2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp cumin, 2 tsp salt and 1 cup oil.
Fry your onions in your pan until clear and then combine the rest of your ingredients in a pan with a splash of cold water, before covering the pan and keeping on a low heat for 40 minutes. You can serve with rice and enjoy with the whole family!
Lebanon: Spinach Stew
Spinach Stew is an authentic Lebanese dish that is simple, healthy and will leave your whole family wanting seconds! It can be served with rice or fresh made Khubz. To start making your very own Spinach Stew you’ll need: 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/3 cup pine nuts, 1 lb lean ground beef, 1 tsp 7 spice, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/4 cup chopped coriander, 5 garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, 20 oz spinach and 3 cups chicken broth.
Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pan and toast your pine nuts until they are golden. Once you remove them from the pan, you can then heat your remaining olive oil and add your ground beef, 7 spice, salt and pepper to cook until the meat is browned. In the same pan, mix coriander and red pepper together until fragrant and then add in your spinach, cook for 5 minutes. Finally, pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add the beef and pine nut mixture to the spinach and finish cooking on a low heat for 20 minutes.
Manti is a Turkish dumpling dish that is the epitome of comfort food! These lamb dumplings are bound to be a crowd pleaser, but they do call for love and attention while cooking – taking 4 hours to finish. You can serve Manti alongside a yogurt sauce, but you’ll need the following ingredients: 500g lamb, 2 onions, 2 carrots, 1 stick celery, 2 tbsp olive oil, 500g flour, 1 tsp salt.
To make Manti, you’ll start by heating your oven to 220C and roast your lamb and vegetables for 30 minutes, then turn your over down to 150C, add water to your pan and cover with tin foil. Roast for another 3 hours until the meat is tender. Remove the vegetables, shred your lamb and season. To make the dough for your Manti, you’ll need to mix together your flour, salt and 250ml of cold water – make sure you pop this in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. Once everything is ready, cut your dough into little squares and spoon in your meat filling, bringing the corners of the dough together to be pinched into a parcel. Place parcels into a pan of boiled water and leave to cook for 10 minutes.
Masoub is a Yemeni dessert that is very popular and extremely delicious! It’s sweet and simple, which is great if you’re looking to try a dish that packs in a load of flavour but doesn’t require hours of baking. To make Masoub, you’ll need: 4 ripe bananas, 4 whole wheat flatbread loaves, 4 tsp ghee or melted butter, 1/2 cup cream and 1/4 cup honey.
To make your Masoub, start by mashing up your bananas and grinding down your bread. Mix the two together and add in your ghee/butter, cream and honey. Warm on the stove and top this dish with dates, raisins, almonds or more honey if you’d like!
Maqluba is a Palestinian one pot, upside down lamb and rice dish that is extremely flavourful and makes any cook feel like they deserve a Michelin star for their dish! For this dish, you will need to gather the following ingredients: 1 eggplant, 8 lamb chops, 2 cup rice, 1 tbsp 7 spice, 2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 5 cups water, 1/4 cup pine nuts, 2 tbsp oil.
Heat your overe to 200C and slice your eggplant in the 2cm thick pieces before placing on a baking tray with oil. Bake your eggplant until brown and then place your lamb into the oven and continue to bake until it is also a nice brown colour. Once your eggplant and lamb are cooked, place both in a large pot, followed by a mix of your rice and spices. Pour in 5 cups of water and bring your dish to a boil, cover with a lid and let simmer for 20 minutes. After cooking completely, place a large flat dish on top of your pot and flip upside down. Lift your pot and sprinkle with pine nuts before serving.
Pitha or rice cakes are a traditional Bangladeshi cuisine that can be made sweet or savoury and packed with numerous fillings. To make a sweet version of this Bangladeshi dessert, you’ll need: 2 1/2 cups water, 2 cups basmati rice, 1/2 cup parboiled rice, 1 tsp salt, oil, coconut, jaggery/sugar to taste.
To make your Pitha dessert, you will need to start off by soaking your rice for 7 hours. After soaking your rice, blend into a runny batter, adding more water if needed along the way. Pour mixture into a clean bowl and add in salt and sugar to taste. Coat a pan in oil and section out your paithas onto it making sure the batter is separated into individual areas. Cook for 1 minute on a high heat and then another 3 on a medium heat. Once your rice cakes come out of the over, coat them with jaggery/sugar or coconut and leave to cool before enjoying!
In Uganda, a Rolex is a breakfast wrap that is much loved by anyone who tries it! This street food will keep you going till you hit lunch and to make it, you’ll need: 2 eggs, 1/4 cup green cabbage, 1/4 cup tomatoes, 1 tbsp red onions, salt, oil, 1 large chapatti, hot chili pepper.
To make your Rolex, you’ll need to start by beating your eggs in a mug and slowly adding in your accompanying vegetables and seasoning. Heat a pan and add your egg mixture, cooking into an omelette until the bottom is brown. Flip and cook the other side, before topping with your chapatti to warm the bread. Remove from the pan and roll up to eat.
We hope you enjoy your time in the kitchen with some of these recipes and sharing the meals you make with the people you love. You’ve got a wonderful taste of some dishes that our brothers and sisters from around the world enjoy making in their home countries, and have even gotten to use some of the ingredients that can be found in Penny Appeal’s emergency Food Packs. If you’d like to help bring some of these dishes to those in need, donate a Food Pack today and help us end hunger around the world.
FRIDAY 16 OCT 2020