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35. Ghee


Nov 22, 2020

We dip our fingers into the rich buttery subject of clarified butter aka ghee with artist, home baker and nature lover Cherida Fernandez and our Frying Pan Adventures food tour guide Noorin Ansari.

Mentioned on the podcast, Cherida’s blog post on ghee: ‘Ghee-wiz’ – Discovering the surprise that clarified butter holds

Instagram handles: Cherida Fernandez (@cherida_fernandez), Noorin Ansari (@noogoopoo), Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).


34. Spicy Relish


Nov 16, 2020

We dip into jars of spicy relish inspired by flavours of the Middle East, Mediterranean and East Asia. Our guest speakers are two Dubai-based small-batch culinary artisans. Rasha Itani from S’Hauce and Ali Shawwa from Banak Kitchen.

Instagram handles: Rasha Itani from S’Hauce (@shauce_ae), Ali Shawwa from Banak Kitchen (@banak.kitchen), Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).


33. Cake


Nov 9, 2020

We take a “cake walk” down memory lane with our food tour guides Nahla Tabbaa and Stephanie Mahmoud to unearth childhood cake trends. We also shine a light on creative cake variations and bakeries that you can find now in Dubai.

Grab the list of all the bakeries mentioned on our blog here.

Partner shout-out on this episode: Gulf Photo Plus, the region’s leading photography education resource. Learn more about them at http://gulfphotoplus.com/ and check out Mohamed Somji’s photo mentioned during the show here.

Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Nahla Tabbaa (@nahlatabbaa) and Stephanie Mahmoud (@everydayfeasts).


32. Biryani


Nov 2, 2020

We explore some biryani variants that we’ve enjoyed in Dubai with our our Eating Designer Mufaddal Husein and our food tour guide Tanya Rehman.

Grab the list of all the restaurants mentioned and a few more to try on our blog here.

Corrections: Beriani Isfahani is made with lamb (not goat meat) and the lungs on the side are black once cooked. Arva’s memory hasn’t served her too well 6 years after her trip to Isfahan!

Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Mufaddal Husein (@mufaddal.husein) and Tanya Rehman (@tanya18r).


31. Date Night


Oct 26, 2020

From blind dates to double dates, we share our favourite spots for date night in Dubai with our Frying Pan Adventures’ food tour guides: Farida Ahmed, Nahla Tabbaa, Tanya Rehman and Noorin Ansari.

Visit our blog for a list of all the restaurant details mentioned in our podcast.

Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Farida (@faridaa), Noorin (@noogoopoo), Tanya Rehman (@tanyarehman), Nahla (@nahlatabaa).


30. 4 Must-Try Syrian Foods


Oct 19, 2020

We shine a light on 4 Syrian dishes that the rest of the world has to try with Nahla Tabbaa and Omayah Atassi.

Grab the list of all the dishes described and the restaurants mentioned on our blog here.

Nahla Tabbaa is a Jordanian-Bangladeshi artist, curator and food tour guide with Frying Pan Adventures.

Omayah Atassi is a Syrian-American food and architecture photographer and writer. She blogs at Omayah Cooks and launched a doughnut concept called D’omes Donuts.

Instagram handles: Nahla Tabbaa (@thefinelychopped), Omayah Atassi (@omayah.atassi) and Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).


29. Desi Chinese


Oct 12, 2020

We learn how Chinese food became Indianized the history of ‘authentic’ Desi Chinese cuisine and share our favourite foods with Mumbai-based food writer Kalyan Karmakar and our Frying Pan food tour guide Tanya Rehman.

Grab a rundown of all the dishes described on our blog here.

Instagram handles: Kalyan Karmakar (@thefinelychopped), Tanya Rehman (@tanyarehman) and Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).


28. Dubai’s Hottest Foods

Oct 5, 2020

We explore 5 chilli-studded dishes in Dubai that aren’t just dangerously hot, but also irresistibly delicious with our GM and tour guide Farida Ahmed and the founder of Haute Sauce, Ambika Rajgopal.

Grab the list of the 5 dishes shared on this episode and where to find them on our blog.

Instagram handles: Farida Ahmed (@faridaa) Ambika Rajgopal (@hautesauce_dxb) and Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).


27. Fish Roe Sacks


Sep 28, 2020

We try to wrap our heads around cooking and eating sacks of fish roe with guest speakers Mo Abedin aka @saucebeast from Sticky Rice and Deepika Shetty aka @shortgirlbakes.

Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Mo Abedin (@moabedin / @saucebeast), Deepika Shetty (@shortgirlbakes).


26. Gluten-Free Indian Flatbreads

Sep 21, 2020

We unearth popular gluten-free flatbread recipes that have historically been made across India with our two food tour guides, Farida Ahmed and Noorin Ansari.

Visit our blog for Noorin’s recipe for a lentil-based dosa as well as where to find these flours and breads across Dubai.

Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Farida (@faridaa), Noorin (@noogoopoo).


25. The Perfect Couscous

Sep 14, 2020

We sift through the history and technique behind making the perfect couscous with Algerian food lover and blogger, Radia Si Yousef.

Check out our blog post which includes a link Radia’s perfect couscous recipe and other couscous links as well as the full transcript.

Instagram handles: Radia Si Yousef (@radatouille), Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).


24. Uzbek Kimchi

Sep 7, 2020

We get to the bottom of why Uzbek restaurants serve Korean dishes with two of our teammates who led a Korean-Uzbek food tour in Dubai.

Check out our blog post with the list of dishes, restaurants to taste them at in Dubai and the full transcript here.

Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Nahla (@nahlatabaa), Mufaddal (@mufaddal.husein).


23. Azerbaijani Plov & More

Aug 31, 2020

We discover Azerbaijani cuisine with Jamila Qadir, a Dubai-based journalist from Azerbaijan. She serves us a virtual 3-course feast of traditional plov, kufte bozbash and ajapsandal.

Get Jamila’s recipes for her 3-course feast on our blog here.

You can also connect with Jamila over twitter @jamilaqadir.

Instagram handle: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).


22. No Cutlery Please!

Aug 24, 2020

We share the quirks and perks of eating with hands across four cultures found in Dubai—Indian, Jordanian, Filipino and Ethiopian—with our Frying Pan Adventures’ food tour guides, Farida Ahmed and Nahla Tabbaa.

Visit our blog for a list of restaurants where you can order these traditional meals.

Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Farida (@faridaa), Nahla (@nahlatabbaa)


21. Must-Try Chinese Noodles


Aug 10, 2020
Two Chinese food afficianados, Xini Wei and Jing Leng, reveal 5 Chinese noodle dishes that you’ve got to try.

Get the restaurants, location pins and noodle names shared by Xini and Jing on our blog.

Instagram handles: Xini Wei (@xiniw), Jing Leng (@tinhindubai) Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).


20. Cook for Beirut


Aug 10, 2020

A special episode dedicated to Beirut in the aftermath of the explosions on August 4, 2020. We hear from 5 Dubai-based chefs who are behind the Cook for Beirut dinners to raise funds for the Lebanese Red Cross to aid those affected in Beirut.

The 5 chefs that joined us on the show are: Bethany Kehdy (@bethanykehdy), Rita Soueidan (@sweetfixbyrita) Greg Malouf (@gregmaloufchef), Ruby Chaer (@rubychaer) and Mohammad Orfali (@m.orfali).

Special thanks to Marilyn Zakour and Rhea Chadid from Who Run the World podcast for sharing information on how to support Beirut through the crisis. The link mentioned in the podcast is: https://lebanoncrisis.carrd.co/#donate


19. Shawarma


Aug 3, 2020
We share our top spots for shawarma in Dubai and what toppings we strongly believe must (or must not) be in your chicken or meat shawarma. Rerun from Who Run the World podcast.

Get the list and location pins of our favourite shawarma spots on our blog.

Instagram handles: Who Run the World (@whoruntheworldpod), Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).


18. Eid Al Adha in Morocco


Jul 27, 2020
Amanda Mouttaki from Marrakech Food Tours takes us through 3 days of nose-to-tail lamb feasting in Morocco for Eid Al Adha, the Muslim Festival of Sacrifice.

Read more on our blog:

Instagram handles: Amanda Mouttaki (@marocmama), Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).


17. Indian Street Food

Jul 20, 2020
We explore six of our favourite Indian chaat dishes and where to find them in Dubai with long-time Indian expats and tour guides, Farida and Noorin.

Find the list of foods and restaurants mentioned as well as the complete transcript of this episode on our blog here.

Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Farida (@faridaa), Noorin (@noogoopoo).


16. Origins of Kunafa

Jul 12, 2020
We attempt to track down the birthplace of decadent cheese kunafa with two food historians and cookbook authors—Dima Sharif and Mary Isin—who share the medieval Arab and Ottoman stories respectively.
To find the complete transcript of this episode, head on over to our blog here.

About Our Guest Speakers:

Instagram handles: Dima Sharif (@dimasharifonline), Mary Isin (@isinmary) Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).


15. The Perfect Hummus

Jul 6, 2020
Dubai supper club hostess and Lebanese hummus aficianado Lynn Kazim helps us make the perfect restaurant-style, super creamy hummus at home. If you’d like to find Lynn’s perfect hummus recipe, head over to her Instagram highlights here.
Instagram handles: Lynn Kazim (@_nosoupforyou), Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).

14. Sour & Sour

Jun 28, 2020
We explore the souring ingredients used by two cultures that adore their acid—Iran and North East India—with our guest speaker Mojgan Endjavi-Barbé and Eating Designer Mufaddal Husein.

Instagram handles: Mojgan Endjavi-Barbé (@mojganendjavibarbe), Mufaddal Husein (@mufaddal.husein), Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).

 


13. Bizarre Buys at the Souk

Jun 22, 2020
What are the strangest, most uncommon ingredients on display at Dubai’s Spice Souk? We take a virtual visit to this local souk with two of our expert souk guides Tanya and Nahla.

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Tanya (@tanyarehman), Nahla (@nahlatabbaa).

 


12. Cracking the Coconut

Jun 15, 2020
Our Indian food experts Farida and Noorin share traditional and modern takes on putting coconut to good use in the kitchen.
Grab Noorin’s recipe for her coconut yogurt breakfast pot on our blog.
Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Farida (@faridaa), Noorin (@noogoopoo).

 


11. Summer Cooking

Jun 8, 2020
With the heat beating down on us, our two talented food tour guides Noorin and Nahla share some of their favourite summery recipes to keep us feeling light and nourished.
Find the recipes of Noorin’s tempered curd rice and Nahla’s fasooliya on our blog here!
Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Nahla (@nahlatabbaa), Noorin (@noogoopoo).


10. The Ice Cream Assignment

Jun 1, 2020
We assigned two of our Frying Pan teammates the coolest homework ever—to order in an unusual ice cream treat from the streets of Dubai.
Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Nahla (@nahlatabaa), Mufaddal (@mufaddal.husein).


9. The Breakfast Buffet


May 25, 2020
We visit a virtual hotel breakfast buffet with our Eating Designer Mufaddal Husein and food tour guide Stephanie Mahmoud—what traditional breakfasts of the East will they make a beeline for?
Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Mufaddal (@mufaddal.husein), Stephanie (@everydayfeasts).


8. Eid: UAE to Singapore


May 18, 2020
We uncover the flavours and traditions of Eid ul-Fitr from the UAE to Singapore with guest speakers Majed Ali and Putri Natasha Adnan.
Instagram handles: Majed Ali (@thecinnaman), Putri Natasha Adnan (@putrinat), Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures).


7. Potato Battata Aloo


May 11, 2020
A quick history of how the humble potato made its entry into the East, followed by our favourite regional potato recipes with Farida Ahmed and Stephanie Mahmoud from Frying Pan Adventures.
Quick note on potato tahdig: As promised on the episode, we’re sharing an update on this delicious Persian rice recipe here. As Stephanie correctly mentioned, you don’t need to preboil the potatoes for a potato tahdig. Najmieh Batmanglij, in her book Food of Life, shares a recipe which involves slicing Russet potatoes inot 1/4-inch thick rounds and placing them on the bottom of a pot  that has been greased with water, oil and a few drops of saffron water. Interestingly, she recommends not washing the potatoes to retain the potato starch needed to bind the crust together.
Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Farida (@faridaa), Stephanie (@everydayfeasts).


6. Leftovers Transformed


May 4, 2020
We explore simple ways to transform leftovers into magically new dishes in the kitchen with Farida Ahmed, Stephanie Mahmoud and Nahla Tabbaa from Frying Pan Adventures.
Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Farida (@faridaa), Stephanie (@everydayfeasts), Nahla (@nahlatabbaa)


5. Ramadan Thirst Quenchers


Apr 27, 2020
Vimto might dominate the beverage aisle during Ramadan in the Gulf, but believe it or not, families in the region do enjoy other seasonal drinks too! Featuring guest speaker Mo Abedin from Dubai’s most loved Thai restaurant, Sticky Rice, our Food Guide Nahla and Eating Designer Mufaddal.
Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Mo Abedin (@moabedin), Nahla (@nahlatabaa), Mufaddal (@mufaddal.husein)


4. Foods of Ramadan


Apr 20, 2020
We get nostalgic about Iftar foods that are shared in our homes every Ramadan. Featuring guest speaker Mo Abedin from Dubai’s most loved Thai restaurant, Sticky Rice, our Food Guide Nahla and Eating Designer Mufaddal.
Recipes for minced beef samosas, qatayef, watermelon salad, malpua and dahi vada may be found on our blog here.
Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Mo Abedin (@moabedin), Nahla (@nahlatabaa), Mufaddal (@mufaddal.husein)


3. Spices Resurrected


Apr 13, 2020
From sambar masala to wasabi salt-pepper, we rescue spices abandoned in the kitchen pantry with our food experts Stephanie, Farida and Noorin.
You can find Arti’s spice blends mentioned on the podcast at heartigrub.com.
Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Stephanie (@everydayfeasts), Farida (@faridaa), Noorin (@noogoopoo)


2. Home Delivery Sorted


Apr 6, 2020
What dishes could you get home delivered to lift your spirits during the lockdown? Our food tour guides–Farida, Nahla and Tanya–share their go-to dishes!
Head on over to our blog for the details of all the restaurants shared during this food podcast episode.
Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Farida (@faridaa), Nahla (@nahlatabbaa) and Tanya (@tanyarehman)
Please note that any information shared about home deliveries was valid as of the date of airing the podcast (April 6th, 2020). This may change due to the evolving situation and restrictions around COVID-19.


1. Rice Lentils Onions


Mar 30, 2020
Our food tour guides–Farida, Nahla and Stephanie–share ideas on how you can craft delicious and nutritious dishes from 3 basic staples.
Head on over to our blog for the recipes shared on this food podcast episode!
Instagram handles: Frying Pan Adventures (@fryingpanadventures), Farida (@faridaa), Nahla (@nahlatabbaa) and Stephanie (@everydayfeasts)


Season 2 Trailer


Mar 28, 2020
We’re back with Season 2, a new format for the show and a brand new name!


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