Sumac is any one of about 35 species of flowering plants in the genus Rhus. The dried and powdered fruits are used as a spice in Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine.
Sumac (Assyrian Neo-Aramaic: ܣܘܼܡܵܩܵܐ‎, translit. summāqāʾ, lit. 'red, red shift, turning red', Arabic: سمّاق‎, translit. summāq; , or ; also spelled sumach, sumaq) is any one of about 35 species of flowering plants in the genus Rhus and related genera, in the family Anacardiaceae. The dried and powdered fruits are used as a spice in Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine. Sumacs grow in subtropical and temperate regions throughout the world, especially in East Asia, Africa and North America.

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  1. Morning Glory

    Recipe Poussin with Pistachio, Sumac and Orange

    This is a very easy tray bake yet it looks rather dramatic. You could substitute chicken pieces for the poussin. Sumac has a citrus edge which works well with the sweetness of pistachio and the nutty toasted sesame oil. Garlic cloves are baked unpeeled and whole, to squeeze out when the dish is...
  2. Elawin

    Recipe Spinach with Sumac (Spanekh wa Sumac)

    Spinach with Sumac (Spanekh wa Sumac) Serves: 4 as part of a mezze Ingredients: 1 small red onion, finely diced Oil, for frying 350 g baby spinach 1 tbsp sumac Salt and pepper, to taste Pomegranate seeds, to serve (optional) Plain yoghurt and flatbread, to serve Method: On a very low...
  3. C

    Recipe Musakhan -Pita with Chicken and Sumac

    "Chicken, is traditionally baked on thick, spongy Tabun bread, which is similar to Turkish pide; pita bread is often used as a substitute." Musakhan-Pita with Chicken and Sumac 3 TB. olive oil and a little butter 3 to 4 onions, chopped (about 1 lb.) 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts, cut into...
  4. Morning Glory

    Recipe Charred Mackerel with Sumac, Cranberries and Tarragon

    This is so fast and easy. The secret is charring the mackerel skin until crispy and blackened. I used a halogen cooker but a really hot grill (broiler) will do the trick. Ingredients (per person) 1 x whole fresh mackerel, gutted 1 tbsp sumac Salt A small bunch of fresh tarragon 60 g fresh...
  5. Morning Glory

    Recipe Melon Salad with Gungo Peas, Sumac and Scotch Bonnet

    Salad with Scotch Bonnet chillies? Well, if you know anything about me you will know I'll eat chillies with (and in) everything - and salad is no exception. Scotch Bonnets have a delicious fruity flavour which works very well with the earthy gungo peas (or chickpeas). Sumac adds a citrus note...
  6. Morning Glory

    Recipe Sesame Deep-fried Egg with Sumac and Sesame dressed Salad

    I'm having trouble finding a suitable title for this dish. Maybe I should just call it 'Sesame & Mushroom Deep-fried Eggs'. Anyway it worked out well. I was apprehensive that the mushroom coating on the eggs would somehow disintegrate into the frying oil but it didn't at all. Ingredients For...
  7. pinkcherrychef

    Indian Lemonade

    This recipe I learned years ago when I still lived in America. I was obsessed with knowing all the plants that were edible and used for medicinal properties in my state. The book I read had a recipe similar to this and it said the name was Indian Lemonade and it was made from fresh sumac berries...
  8. Elawin

    Recipe Oven-Roasted Chicken with Sumac, Pomegranate Molasses, Chilli and Sesame Seeds

    Preparation time: 1-2 hours Cooking time: 30 mins to 1 hour Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 1 whole chicken, about 2 kg/4 lb 8 oz, jointed into 8 pieces 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp sesame seeds For the marinade: 2 tbsp ground sumac 2 large garlic cloves, crushed or grated ½ -1 tsp chilli flakes 1...
  9. Herbie

    Recipe Za'atar

    I love Za'atar especially in the summer in salads on humous. Here is my take on it: 1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds 3 tbsp sumac 2 tbsp thyme 4 tbsp oregano maldon sea salt to taste. I think put in two teaspoons I used this to sprinkled on tahini cream for this cauliflower steak with sumac and...
  10. Herbie

    Recipe Cauliflower steaks

    There was a bit of a PR problem for M&S earlier this year for selling cauliflower 'steaks' with a dressing for £2ish. So I made my own for a tiny fraction of the price. Cauliflower: Cauliflower cut the steaks about 1cm thick (I had a small cauliflower so only managed two steaks. (I'll use the...
  11. Masticator

    Recipe Iranian / Persian Kibudeh

    Kubideh ( Kebabs) Ingredients 1 lb lean ground beef one med onion, minced (via food processor), juice squeezed out in cloth 1 TBS lemon juice and/or sumac spice 1 tsp salt 1 pkt beef Bovril pinch MSG (optional) ½ tsp pepper 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp cumin ½ tsp cinnamon or allspice ½ tsp thyme...
  12. Morning Glory

    The CookingBites Spice Challenge - Spice of the Month (February 2018): Sumac

    Each month we showcase a different spice. Its over to you to come up with your tips, tricks or recipes using the spice. There is a prize for the most interesting idea or recipe (to be posted anywhere in the world, customs permitting). Just add your ideas to this thread or if you have a recipe...
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