Sumac, sumak or sumach is flowering plants in the genus Rhus from family Anacardiaceae. Sumac grow in subtropical climates, especially in Africa. The sumac fruits (drupes) are grounded into a reddish purple powder used as a spice in Middle Eastern cuisine to add a lemony taste to salads or meat. In Arabian cuisine, it is used as a garnish for hummus and added to rice or kebab.
I’ve been searching sumac all over around and end up with nothing but dissapointing. My Arab descent friend did’t known about it, even few of arabian ethic stores in Palembang didn’t notes that. Thanks God one of my fellow blogger friends, Tinsyam had sumac. She sent me a couple tablespoons of sumac and i can even wait to give it a try for my salad. My first verdict of sumac is lemony and tangy sour aftertaste, i guess sumac is not only suits for salad but also great with seafood. My next project is making sumac crusted tuna.
Today i make a sumac salad with a fusion of eastern and western ingredient. I use HOMEMADE DUCK PROSCIUTTO, back olives, cheese and truffle oil for western touch. To give a contrast, i used few asian ingredient like lotus root and CRISPY ENOKI MUSHROOM TEMPURA and blended it with Middle East spice Sumac. For a presentation purpose, i mix the sumac sala dressing after i did the photo session, but i still drizzled it with black truffle oil.
Pasta, Spinach and Duck Prosciutto Recipe:
- 1 cup cooked pasta(fusili)
- 1 cup red spinach/amaranth leaves
- homemade duck prosciutto
- tomato, thinly sliced
- bell pepper, thinly sliced
- crispy enoki mushrooms tempura
- raw peruvian sweet potato
- black olives (kalamata)
- garlic peanut
- shaved cheese
- lotus root, peeled and thinly sliced
Sumac Salad Dressing Recipe:
- 1/2 tsp sumac
- black truffle olive oli
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- a pinch od salt and pepper to taste
How to Make Spinach and Pasta Salad with Sumac Dressing:
- Mix all sumac salad dressing ingredient, set aside
- Toss all ingregient and adjust the taste
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