Jam making is an old tradition in Iraq. Mrabbat Jizar is a Carrot Jam served with sour cream or cheese and enjoyed as a snack with traditional tea.
Things to know about Mrabbat Jizar Recipe
In Arabic, ‘Marrabat’ means ‘jam’ and ‘Jizer’ stands for ‘Carrot’. Jam-making is a tradition observed for centuries in Iraq. Jams made of summer and winter vegetables or fruits are a favorite snack, usually served with traditional tea or as a side dish with bread.
As carrot is available in winter, the jam is made in winter, but it can be refrigerated for a whole year. Women make jams at home and save them in ceramic pots for better preservation of flavor.
It’s a small and easy recipe with less than 6 ingredients. Nowadays many confectioneries also sell this style of jam but a homemade flavor of authentic Iraqi Mrabbat Jizar is uncanny. It’s a refreshing and tasty addition to savory Iraqi foods.
Scrumptious Iraqi Traditional Carrot Jam. Authentic Recipe of Mrabbat Jizar.
— General Atributes of This Recipe:
— ADAPT THE SERVINGS OR PORTIONS BY ENTERING YOUR DESIRED VALUE —
- 500 grams (1.1 lb) Carrot
- 1½ cup White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
- ½ cup Water
- 2 tbsp Honey
- ¼ cup Walnut Halves
- 3 pods Cardamom Whole
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Rose Water
- Peel carrots and slice in long thin cuts.
- Take a large pot and layer carrots at the base.
- Layer sugar above the carrots.
- Add the water, cover the pot and set aside for a night. This will form a juicy mixture.
- The next day, heat a pan and add honey, whole cardamom, walnuts, and rose water.
- Cook for 20 minutes, folding the mixture gently.
- If you see a froth, remove it gently.
- Just before a thick jam consistency forms, add lemon juice and mix.
- Let it cool, and refrigerate.
— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:
Cooking tip for making Mrabbat Jizar
- The carrot slices should be thin, you can also dice or use any gadget for spiral slices to make a different look.
- To check if the jam is ready, put one drop on a surface. If it doesn’t go flat, your jam is ready.
What to serve with Mrabbat Jizar?
It can be served as a dessert itself. Also can be served with sour cream or cream cheese as a sweet snack. It can also be served with flatbread as a dip.
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