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May 2019

The Best Healthy Ramadan Recipes to Whip Up For Your Next Iftar

Impress the in-laws with these delicious dishes.

The best Ramadan Iftar recipes to try tonight

The best Ramadan Iftar recipes to try tonight 

 

Thinking up new Iftar recipes night after night is no easy feat, especially if you have a revolving door of guests coming through your home during Ramadan. 
In need of kitchen inspiration, we turned to one of our favourite chefs, Zahra Abdalla, whose famous book Cooking With Zahra has become our go-to guide for both traditional and modern Middle Eastern cuisine. 
Here are our top two healthy and meat-free recipes – so there’s no need to make something separate for veggie guests.


Roasted Cabbage with Lemon and Tahini Sauce

Roasted cabbage with lemon and tahini sauce

Roasted cabbage with lemon and tahini sauce

 

“Roasted cabbage with lemon and tahini sauce is a delicious, healthy and vegan dish that I love serving at my dinner parties. I usually like to serve it with some roast chicken, or it can be served as a simple and light meal on its own,” says Zahra. “Every time I prepare this at one of my dinner parties; my guests always leave asking for the recipe.”

Ingredients: Serves 4 – 6  

  • ½ head of cabbage
  • Salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 
  • Olive oil 

Lemon and tahini sauce: 

  • 1 cup tahini paste
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2/3 cup water
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder (optional) 
  • 1 tsp sea salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 

Garnish: 
1 cup mixed sprouts, for garnish 

1. Preheat oven at 200°C. Cut half a head of cabbage into 6 or 8 equal-sized wedges, cutting through the core and stem end. Arrange the wedges in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Flip the cabbage wedges and do the same on the other side.

2. Bake the cabbage for 20 – 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Roast until tender and golden-brown.

3. To make the sauce, combine the tahini paste and lemon juice in a small bowl. Slowly add the water to this, whisking until the sauce has a light, creamy consistency. Season with chilli powder, sea salt and pepper.

4. Serve the roasted cabbage on a platter and top with a drizzle of the lemon and tahini sauce, and garnish with mixed sprouts. Serve hot or cold.

 

Kookoo Sabzi Mixed Herb Frittata

 Kookoo sabzi mixed herb frittata

Kookoo sabzi mixed herb frittata

 

“Usually this dish is fried,” explains Zahra. “However, as a healthier alternative, I bake it like a cake and slice it before serving. This dish is delicious when served hot or cold.”

 
Ingredients: Serves 6 – 8 
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups fresh parsley, finely chopped 
  • 2 cups fresh coriander, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup fresh green onions, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup fresh chives, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup fresh dill, finely chopped 
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp barberries (optional)
  • ¼ cup walnuts, roughly chopped (optional) 
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder 

1. Preheat oven at 180°C.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until well beaten. Then add parsley, coriander, green onions, chives, dill, flour, barberries, walnuts, olive oil, salt and black pepper powder, and mix well until fully combined.

3. Pour the batter into a greased ovenproof skillet or cake pan and bake for 45 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Cut into small pieces and serve with baked salmon and sabzi polo.  

 
Cooking with Zahra by Zahra Abdalla and Motivate Publishing

Cooking with Zahra by Zahra Abdalla, Motivate Publishing 

 

 
March 2019

Feeling Hungry? Here’s Where to tuck in during Dubai Food Festival

The essential places to dine with friends and family during the big foodie event.

Dubai Food Festival dining deals and offers

The best Dubai Food Festival dining deals, experiences and offers  

 

Round up your friends and family for the ultimate culinary adventure with our guide on where to eat and what to see during Dubai Food Festival, running until 9 March. 

Join The Club 



Delicious places to dine at Mall of The Emirates 


Expand your taste repertoire with a trip to MOE Clubhouse, a brand new culinary concept inside Mall of the Emirates on Level 1, near H&M and the West Food Court. 

From experimental 3D printed dishes to light bites with a unique twist, the New-England style space gives diners the chance to indulge in a wide variety of tasty bites from the likes of Acai Shack, The Salad Jar, Pastel Cakes, Poke and Co., Blacksmith Coffee and Daily Prep Co. Following our own recent trip here, we can vouch that your meal will be a serious treat for the senses!

After your feast, go to the games room where you can play a few rounds of football, billiards, air-hockey and mini-golf. 

There’s also a Mini MOE Clubhouse for the little ones, where they can meet new friends in a creative setting, with a programme of daily activities and kids’ games – from cupcake decorating to pasta art – to keep them entertained. Older kids and teens can relax in the reading corner or Playstation area. 

Culinary Surprises 

Healthy food at Zaatar W Zeit in Mall of the Emirates food court

Tasty international bites at the food court in Mall of the Emirates  


We all know the struggle of trying to settle on a restaurant when eating out with a group. But whether you’re in the mood for noodles, your friend fancies Arabic food or perhaps the kids are craving pizza, the food courts in Mall of the Emirates have it all and will satisfy everyone’s tastebuds in one convenient space.  

At the West Food Court (located just above Ski Dubai where you can go to the slopes for an indoor skiing session), you’ll find interactive installations so you can dine family-style while being entertained throughout DFF. 

There’s also a daily ‘Happy Hour’ with plenty of surprises including complimentary tastings and roaming entertainment with musicians, magicians and dancing waiters. 

Head Outside 

Outdoors by City Centre Mirdif

Outdoors by City Centre Mirdif 


If street food, games and free entertainment in an Instagram-worthy setting sounds like your kind of vibe then stop by Outdoors, a cool foodie concept at City Centre Mirdif. Located by the main entrance of the mall (where you can sneak in a bit of retail therapy pre- or post-meal), the venue ticks all the boxes for a chilled day out with family and friends. 

You’ll find lots to see and do aside from working your way around the many mouth-watering kiosks, including daily movie nights under the stars, arcade games, obstacle courses, a jungle-themed kids’ area and even an ice-skating rink. 

Foodie Hour   

DFF dining deals at City Centre Mirdif

Dubai Food Festival dining deals at City Centre Mirdif 


To further celebrate DFF, a number of restaurants at City Centre Mirdif, including Super Chix, Chili’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill, are offering a ‘Foodie Hour’ where you can buy one, get one free on select dishes on the menu, during weekdays, from 3pm to 5pm. 

Over at City Centre Me’aisem’s Outdoors, visitors can meet adorable animals at a petting zoo, every Friday and Saturday, from 4pm to 7pm. 

The DFF Social Hub  

City Centre Deira, meanwhile, has transformed its West Food Court into a gastronomic DFF Social Hub, with must-try foodie concepts and dish decorating activities. 

There are also lots of games for all ages, such as table footie, ball pools and maze-like installations, plus creative arts and crafts workshops for the little ones. 


Win Up To AED25,000! 

You could be in with a chance at winning amazing prizes, gift cards, cash and even a car during DFF.

Mall of the Emirates

Spent AED350 to enter a draw to win AED5,000 worth of Mall GiftCards, which can be redeemed at hundreds of shops and restaurants inside Mall of the Emirates.

City Centre Deira

City Centre Deira is giving back to those in need throughout Dubai Food Festival by inviting customers to donate canned food (bought from Carrefour) that will then be distributed to disadvantaged residents across the UAE. Every time you donate, you’ll be entered into a competition to bag a AED2,000 City Centre Gift Card. 
It’s just one of many opportunities to win cash prizes during DFF at City Centre Deira. 

City Centre Mirdif

Each day during DFF, snap your meal in the mall and share on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #CCMiFoodie for your chance to win an AED500 Mall GiftCard. There’s a AED10,000 GiftCard up for grabs for the best pic of the competition. 

What’s more, spend AED200 or more at any stores in the mall during DFF to enter a prize draw to snag a cool AED25,000. Spend the same amount on food and beverages at the mall and have your chance of winning multiplied fivefold.

City Centre Me’aisem and City Centre Al Shindagha

Both malls have teamed up with Dubai Food Festival and Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG) to give away a brand-new Nissan Patrol car! Simply spend over AED50 dining at any food outlets in the malls to enter this amazing prize draw.

 

 
September 2017

Top 3 Kid-Friendly Places in Dubai

The little ones will love eating out at these fun and tasty venues.

The best restaurants for children


From Neapolitan-style pizzas to all-you-can-eat stacks of pancakes, we reveal the very best places to fill up hungry bellies at malls across Dubai and the wider Middle East.

Whether you’re looking for a quick pit stop to grab a bite on the go or a sit-down feast with the whole family, these venues offer something to suit all occasions and taste buds.

Bon appetite!


The Cheesecake Factory

This popular American important attracts the masses, and for good reason – The Cheesecake Factory Dubai’s menu is vast, as is the restaurant space, which overlooks the snowy slopes of Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates. Despite the sprawling size, the décor is warm and cosy with big banquet booths, amber lighting and more than enough seating options to suit your group.

Foodie highlights (and be prepared as portions are huge) include the spicy buffalo chicken bites, crispy crab wontons, California guacamole salad, and famous factory salad, while the little ones will love the roadside sliders and mini corn dogs from the children’s menu.

There is also a glass display cabinet by the entrance displaying a seemingly never-ending array of specialty cheesecakes, so don’t even think about not sneaking in a slice – it will be well worth the calories.

The Cheesecake Factory is located at Mall of the Emirates.
The Cheesecake Factory at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai
IHOP

As the name would suggest the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is THE place to get a great stack of pancakes. Aside from golden pancakes topped with everything from blueberry compote to white chocolate chips, the casual eatery also serves up a broad selection of breakfast bites, juicy burgers, melted sandwiches and quesadillas. If you fancy taking the healthier route, opt for one of the fresh salads loaded with greens, grilled lean meats or the soup of the day.

While the menu is already super child-friendly, there is also a specialised kiddie section with create-a-face pancakes, mac ‘n’ cheese and chicken strips.

IHOP is located at Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Bahrain.

IHOP serves some of the best pancakes in Dubai and Bahrain


800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

Chow down on some of the best slices in town at 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria Dubai. Soft, chewy and perfectly topped, the pizzas are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Take your pick from three different bases (thin crust, gluten-free or our pick – original Neapolitan) and load up the fresh ingredients, which includes beef carpaccio, classic pepperoni, gourmet ricotta, and over 20 different types of veggies.

You’ll also find plenty of other options aside from cheesy pies, such as tomato and pesto burrata, homemade pasta and lamb shank.

Kids’ meal deals ring in at just AED35 and include a choice of margarita pizza, creamy penne pasta or tomato spaghetti wash down with fresh orange juice and scoop of gelato to finish the feast.

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is located at Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Me’aisem.

A kids’ meal at 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

 
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