Place: Kematieh, Aley Mount Lebanon
She loves cooking traditional dishes and teaches her grandsons the techniques needed.
|Recipe’s Personal Background||How did you learn this recipe?||from family, mainly mother and grandma|
|Is there some memory/historical event connected to this recipe?||Dlou3 el selek is cooked all over Lebanon and it’s known well.|
|Personal reference to tradition transmitted by relatives (preparing together, sharing, eating together etc.)?||Recipe best cooked by grandma and old women. Traditionally, this recipe is served as an appetizer. Women cook it to avoid wasting steps of swiss chard, thus they use and cook all plant. As other recipes, we use to share it with our family and friends.|
|Mediterranean Background||Any tradition this receipe is connected to? If yes, which one? Can you describe it?||Its 100% traditional Lebanese dish served during fasting, summer and all seasons.|
|Any Festivity this recipe is connected to? If yes, which one? Can you describe it?||This recipe is mainly cooked in summer and winter with family and during Christian and Muslims fasting|
Is your recipe connected to the territory you live in? Is it strictly linked to the specificity of the agricultural environment?
|Yes, swiss chard i is planted in Al kematieh village, that’s why its considered one of the main traditional dish.|
|Season (season this food is linked to)||cooked all seasons|
|Ingredient||Nutritional Importance||Health Benefits|
|Swiss Chard||Good source of minerals ( Iron) and vitamins( vitamin C, Folic Acid, Vitamin K & A)||Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect|
|Tahini||Rich in minerals, mainly Calcium and Phosphorous. Rich in vitamins mainly E and B complex. High in Unsaturated fats||Promote healthy cell group, prevents anemia.|
|Is it suggested to eat this meal if you suffer from some disease? If yes, for which one?||No|
|What is the primary base with which your food is prepared? Is this a derivative of oil or another base?||Tahini ( sesame paste )
Swiss Chard ( plant origin)
All in all, this recipe is a complete Vegetarian dish rich in Vitamins, minerals, fibers, proteins, Carbohydrates and healthy fats. It is also low in calories if prepared in the right way.
|What nutrition related illnesses or deficiencies are common in your area? Are there holistic or nutrition based remedies connected to these aliments?||No, there is no treatment based on this recipe. However dlou3 el selek bthini is good source of vitamins mainly vitamin C,E minerals, fibers, and antioxidants. It’s also aids in digestion
and 100% vegetarian dish.