FamilyChef: Wahideh’s Syrian Ouzi

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1) Crack pistachios and place the nuts in a bowl. 

A bowl of pistachios

2) Add 1.5 liters of cold water on top of ½ kg of white rice and add 1 table spoon of salt. 

A bowl of rice

3) Place 2 table spoons of butter in a saucepan and add half of the ground beef (about 175 grams), the green peas and half a table spoon of allspice.

Ingradients being mixed

4) Cook it for 5-7 minutes and keep stirring regularly.

Butter melting in a pan

5) Melt 2 table spoons of butter in another large pan and add of the rest of the ground beef.

Ingradients are being mixed and cooked in the pan

6) Cook it for 5-7 minutes, add green peas.

Green peas being added to the pan

7) Rinse the rice and add it to the pan. 

ingradients being mixed

8) Add 3 liters of boiled water on top of all ingredients. 

Hot water being poured into the pan

9) Close the lid and let it soak the water for 10 minutes.

Ingradients being cooked

10) Oil the cooking tray. 

A round tray being oiled

11) Lay half of the yufka bread in a bowl and add the grean peas and rice mix.

plain and flat yufka bread in a bowl

12) Add a table spoonful of pistachios. 

pistachios, green peas and rice stuffing

13) Fold the sides.

flat bread sides being folded

14) Turn it upside down and place it in the cooking tray. 

15) Cook in the oven for 10 minutes and serve with ayran (mix of yoghurt, water and salt).

The Ouzi is ready

Wahideh’s tip: 

Ouzi is a meal Syrians serve to their guests during special occasions. You can also put the stuffing on a plate and place roasted chopped meat on top of it. This is the way that is served at weddings. 

Ouzi is being served

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