Ptitim with Tuna Labneh Balls



Ptitim with Tuna Labneh Balls

250 gram Ptitim

1 small onion

2 garlic cloves

2 hands full baby spinach

150 ml Labneh

1 can tuna

Squeeze of lemon juice


2 tomatoes

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Poppy seeds

Pepper and salt

Cut the tomatoes in six parts, put them on a baking sheet and sprinkle with pepper, salt and balsamico vinegar. Put them in the oven on 140C and let them stand for about 2 hours or until they lost enough water. The more water they lose the more intense the taste will be. You can make them up front and store them in some olive oil.

Start with preparing your tuna balls. Mix one can of tuna with 150 ml labneh (for this recipe see the Labneh post) ad a squeeze of lemon juice, pepper and salt. Make little balls of the tuna labneh mixture; sprinkle poppy seeds on a plate and roll the balls lightly through the seeds.

Cut the onion and the garlic small and bake them until soft. Wash the spinach and cut it in small stripes. Cook the ptitim as stated on the package; don’t overcook them, make sure they still have a nice bite. Add the onion, garlic, spinach tomatoes and parsley to the ptitim and season generously with pepper and salt.

Tuna Labneh Balls

Couscous with dried fruits

dried fruits

1 cup of couscous

1 ½ cup of vegetable stock

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 tablespoon chopped mint

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 theespoon ground cinnamon

2 theespoons ground cumin

2 tablespoons  ras el-hanout

1 tablespoon raisins (dark and/or light)

5 dried apricots

Pepper and salt

Cut the apricots icouscousn the same size as the raisins. Put the raisins and apricots in warm water and let them well up.

Put the couscous in a shallow bowl and pour hot vegetable stock on it. The vegetable stock should be 3 mm above the couscous. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic and put aside for about 10 minutes.  Taste the couscous to check if it has the right texture. It should be dry but soft, not crunchy and definitely not soggy. When you have the right texture, work it with a fork until there are no lumps in it anymore. Add the spices, the herbs, the apricots and the raisins and mix well. You can decorate it with some more dried fruits, cinnamon and herbs.