The Darweesh Rosary
MASBHAT EL DARWEESH
This is one of the old Lebanese dishes which used to be
prepared at home and sent to the town oven for baking. Even
today when most people have ovens in their own kitchens there
is a preference for the flavor achieved in this dish by baking
it in the larger, hotter commercial oven. One often sees a small
boy making his way carefully along the village street balancing
the round tinned copper tray of Masbaht el Darweesh on
Heat samneh well and fry onions in it until they are yellow.
Add chopped meat and vegetables, salt and pepper. Add water
to cover. Pour into shallow baking pan. Bake in moderate oven
until tender throughout, stirring several times during the baking.
If vegetables and meat are done before the sauce is absorbed,
remove to top of stove and simmer uncovered until sauce is
practically gone. Salt to taste. Serve hot. Approximately six