For me, dips, are a welcome sight on any dinner table. Toomeyah, is a popular garlic dip specially with grilled meat/chicken, I’ve twisted it to be egg-less but still so full of flavor.
Back then, in the year 1997, and specifically in October, I got my first salary – yes I am that old 😅. I was thrilled and so excited, my salary was big compared to others at this time. We were kind of one of the first generations working in programming and the business was booming in Egypt.
So, what to do with my first salary? I bought some stuff for myself as a way of thanking me for my hard work the last 6 years in college and after college studies, and I gave my family a big surprise by inviting them to this super expensive, super elegant restaurant in Egypt. It was a restaurant specialized in grilled meat.
And there, I was first introduced to this delicious garlic dip. It is white, fluffy, garlicky and super delicious with grilled meat. I was immediately hooked, I searched for the recipe and I found one that I have been using for years, it was an easy recipe and the outcome was very good, the only downside to this recipe is that it uses raw egg whites, which made me always panic and uncomfortable add to that, this recipe would not last 6 hours even in a fridge, I always throw leftovers as I cannot keep it for health issues.
Recently, we had a dear friend with severe egg allergy and although I knew that he will not touch it, I did not want to jeopardize his health or put him in danger in anyway. So I had to come up with an egg-less recipe.
I’ve found a Lebanese recipe for toomeya that did not include raw eggs but it takes time to master as it was not easy to emulsify oil in a little amount of lime juice. Instead here is a foolproof recipe -for lazy people like me – that is quick and easy but still delivers a nice delicious taste of toomeyah.
The idea is just to cook a soft paste of starch and water then in the blender add it to all the goodies that toomeyah requires… fair enough? super easy.. let me in the coming video show you how to prepare this and next time you need a quick delicious dip, try this one, I’m positive that – as long as you like garlic- you’ll like it… Have a great weekend.
Garlic dip - Toomeyah
- 4 large garlic cloves.
- 1/4 c oil.
- 2 tsp lime juice.
- 1/2 tsp salt - or to your liking.
- 2 Tbs corn starch.
- 1 c water.
In a pot over medium heat, add water and corn starch, stir vigorously until no lumps is there, keep stirring until the mixture is thick and creamy. Remove from heat and let it cool down.
In a blender, add garlic,lime juice, salt and blend for a minute.
Add the cornstarch mixture and blend until well combined.
You may serve immediately or chill until needed.*
Recipe Notes* This dip might thicken when chilled, stir in a tsp of water at a time until you get the desired thickness then adjust the seasoning.
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