Tiklaieh is an aromatic finishing touch that is added to many recipes in the Arabic cuisine.

Simply put, it is a technique that uses a fair amount of olive oil or ghee to gently fry garlic, onions, tomatoes, nuts or herbs then the combo of oil and fried items are added to the recipe as a topping or it is stirred into the recipe right before serving.

Online school is still going strong, and with the numbers of new cases, it seems that we might end up with a full online semester not just a couple of weeks. With two kids at home, attending classes from 8 to 2. I find myself falling back on quick and easy recipes. Ones that I can prepare the night before or ones that I can quickly whip up without creating too much noise during the day. Today’s chicken kofta is one of those recipes.

Adding a layer of date paste infused with spices between the layers of batter lends a unique taste and texture to the baked cake making it extra moist. Add the nutty crunch of the walnut topping ,and the result is an irresistible blend of cake meets maamoul that you just have to try!