Arabic Picnic Table

ARABIC PICNIC TABLE RECIPE | Geant Online Blog | Ramadan Recipe          This table picnic consists of Hummus, Tabbouleh, Lamb Kofta, Shish Tawook, Arabian sausage with baked tomatoes and is served with Arabic flat bread. This was made for 2, so increase quantities as needed.

♨ Arabic Picnic Table Recipe


For the Hummus –

  • 1 carton/tin of chickpeas (approx 200g)
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of good quality olive oil
  • a pinch of paprika

For the Tabbouleh –

  • 12g of bulgur wheat
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 a small red onion
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1/2 a small bunch of mint
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

For the Shish Tawook –

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of full fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of sumac

For the Lamb Kofta –

  • 200g of minced lamb
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander (fresh or dried)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 a small red chili
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of sumac

For the Sausage and Baked Tomatoes –

  • 250g of Arabic sausage (if not available you can you any spiced soft sausage)
  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 a small red chili
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander (fresh or dried)


Let’s start with the hummus and Tabbouleh as that can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days although I love it when it is fresh.

Hummus –

  • Drain the chickpeas reserving the liquid. Keep 4 or 5 chickpeas to the side for decoration.
  • Place all the ingredients into a blender (or a bowl and use a hand blender) and pulse until you get a thick paste, if you want to thin it a little add some of the liquid you reserved from draining the chickpeas a little at a time.
  • Transfer to a serving dish, make a small well in the middle and drizzle a little olive in the well and place the whole chickpeas you saved into the olive oil.
  • Last but not least sprinkle a little little paprika onto a couple of areas.

Tabbouleh –

  • Place the bulgur wheat into a bowl with 25ml of bowling water, stir and cover with a tea-towel until all of the water has been absorbed. Leave to cool.
  • Chop the herbs, tomatoes and onion as finely as you can and place in a dish, when the bulgur wheat has cooled fluffy take it with the fork to separate it and add it to the mix.
  • Drizzle with the olive oil and lemon juice and season to taste.

Shish Tawook –

  • Dice the chicken and keep to one side. Finely chop the garlic and mix it well with all the remaining ingredients, add the chicken.
  • Stir to ensure the chicken is well coated and leave to marinade for at least four hours.
    You can either thread the chicken onto metal or bamboo skewers prior to cooking or you can simply cook as cubes.
  • Heat either the BBQ or a griddle pan (brush with olive oil to prevent the chicken from sticking) to a medium high heat and cook for 8-10 minutes, turn the chicken regulatory to ensure even cooking.

Lamb Kofta –

  • Finely chop the garlic and chili. Add these to a bowl along with all the other ingredients and use your hands to thoroughly combine them altogether.
  • Divide the mixture in to four equal sized portions and roll into the shape of thick sausages. As with the Shish Tawook it is up to you if you want to place them on sticks or cook as they are.
  • Using a BBQ or griddle pan that has been brushed with oil cook for 8-10 minutes turning regularly.

Sausage and Baked Tomatoes –

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Chop the sausages (skin on) into bite sized pieces, about 1.5cm and fry for 5 minutes  (no oil needed, as the sausages will create this) remove from the pan but keep the oil in there.
  • Finely chop the garlic and chili and roughly chop the tomatoes. Fry the paprika and if you are using coriander powder fry that off as well in the sausage oil, add the tomatoes, chili and garlic and soften.
  • Add the sausage and transfer to an oven proof dish and bake for 20 minutes

Place everything on the table with some bread and some side plates and just dig in. Enjoy your family get together!  😋

Recipe Courtesy:

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