Friday, 20 August 2010

Mussakhan..... Mood = Passing Down

Mussakhan is just one of those dishes that you cant stop eating once you have started, and you have to eat it with your hands. None of this silly fork and knife business please. The flavour is just more exaggerated when eaten by hand. I eat certain dishes like this because you really have to get into it, i think.

What is Mussakhan...? It is sumac coated chicken and onions that are caramelised and seasoned with pepper, salt, sumac and olive oil and eaten on Persian flat bread. It sis a Palestinian dish. I learnt this from my auntie Lamia. She is amazing. This is her speciality. Every time she comes to visit us, the day before she leaves she makes this for us. And it is just sooooo good. But not good for your flatulence if i have to be honest so be weary... :)

I made my mussakhan very on the spur of the moment, as it just came to me last minute. My mum usually marinates her chicken for a whole day before she cooks it, but i didn't have the time and I was CRAVING this. It has such a villagy feel to it and it literally is a poor mans dish, as the bread is quite filling and so are the onions.

I was just reading that in Ramallah, a place in Palestine, they have just submitted the largest Mussakhan and it has been accepted in the Guinness Book of Records. It is more than 4 Meters long and weighs more than 1,350 kilos. WOW! I would love to have a bite of that....


1 whole chicken
70g- 100g good quality sumac
4 onions, sliced
Olive oil
Flat bread


  • Marinate the chicken with the 1/2 the sumac, lemon and season with salt and pepper.
  • Slice your onions and cook them with olive oil, remaining sumac, salt and pepper, till they have just started taking a colour.
  • Cook your chicken in the oven till it is ready.
  • Slather it over the bread and then wrap it and place it back in the oven till it has warmed through again and then serve.
This is a very simple hearty full of flavour dish that you must must try.

Its sweet and succulent. The sumac really is the star of the show.


Nithu said...

Wow! Looks so authentic and good.

Anonymous said...

i love Mussakhan...while i was in jordan noone would make it for me as they said its too hot for it and noone eats it in summer :( so thank u for posting this, i can now make it myself :) :)
just one question where do u get the flat bread? is there any shop u recommend?

Ghada said...

One of my favorite dishes!!!I am salivating as i read!!! I could spend the day trying to make it....but i decided to BEG Chef Joudie to make it for mee;)) When u want the best!!!! Thanks Joudie....your the best!

My Kitchen in the Rockies said...

I will go on the hunt on some sumac and try this recipe. My family would love this.

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hey MKITR, you should defintely try this. It is sooooo Good. Your family will love it.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm Joudie I miss the good old days when auntie Lamia used to make this dish ! Actually she is here in Jordan am going to ask her make it for us :) yours looks divine .. I must not read your blog whilst am fasting, its sinful ;) !!! Keep up the delicious work LARA xxx

Angela said...

This looks incredibly good. Never had chicken prepared this way. I must try it. Thanks for this.

tasteofbeirut said...

I adore mussakhan and your photos reminded me of that fact! they are beautiful! Wish I could have tasted that giant one too!

Farida said...


Anonymous said...

This recipe looks great. I saw the picture in the Daily Mirror on 17/7/2012. If you look at the link below and look for the Mussakhan, you will see the picture.

tasteofbeirut said...

It is a shame your work is copied and stolen and these people have no conscience whatsoever!