We are almost there. It has been a long time since I last did this challenge, from W and Wales to Y has taken well over six months and I finally did it. I missed X out, but you know why.
Thank you Yemen for a good challenge and a new type of dish for me. The Vietnamese Pho wasn't too long ago and with Saltah (The Yemen National Dish), another soup like dish was presented to us.
One reason why this dish took so long to make was because of the recipe. For some reason I was put off by the fact that it had different elements to it. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and looking back now, the dish was easy to create, but did need some time to make.
The element which needed time was the soaking of the fenugreek seeds overnight. Besides that, this dish is easy to make and is a dish where you let the ingredients come together and create the magic.
I used the amazing resource of the 196 Flavours website and their recipe for Saltah.
I am thankful that I had the chance to both cook and eat this dish. 40 or so minutes in the kitchen, then slurped over and finished in five minutes. The blend of protein and veg with the fragrant cumin and coriander allow many different flavours at one time.
I didn't taste the Saltah whilst cooking and wasn't really sure what to expect. Fenugreek is not an ingredient I use too often, but with the lamb and the herbs and spices I was confident that it would be a dish I would like (or at least be able to eat). The dish doesn't look great in any of my pictures, however it was something I would have again.
One thing that is clear with this challenge, is that it has allowed me to try new things, learn about new cultures and share my experiences with all. One more to go.