Lahoh

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Lahoh
LahohS.jpg
Alternative names
Laxoox
Place of origin
Djibouti, Somalia and Yemen
Main ingredients
Plain flour, self-raising flour, water, yeast
Cookbook:Lahoh  Lahoh

Lahoh (Arabic: لحوح‎, Hebrew: לחוח‎, Somali: laxoox), is a spongy, pancake-like bread originating in Djibouti, Somalia and Yemen.[1][2] It is also popular in Israel, where it was introduced by Yemenite Jews who immigrated there.[3] In Yemen, it is often sold on the street by peddlers.[4]

Preparation[edit]

Lahoh is prepared from a dough of plain flour, self-raising flour, warm water, yeast and a pinch of salt. The mixture is beaten by hand until soft and creamy, then left out to ferment.[5] Sorghum is the preferred flour for making lahoh. There is a sweet-tasting variety of the dish, as well as another variety that is made with eggs.[2]

Lahoh is traditionally baked on a metallic circular stove called a daawo. Lacking that, it can also be baked in an ordinary pan.

Consumption[edit]

For a typical Somali breakfast, three pieces of lahoh are often eaten along with honey, ghee, and a cup of tea. During lunch, lahoh is sometimes consumed with curry, soup or stew.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Little Business Women
  2. ^ a b c Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi, Culture and Customs of Somalia, (Greenwood Press: 2001), p. 113.
  3. ^ Hatikva market — the other side of Tel Aviv
  4. ^ Dholas and other straw hats come into season
  5. ^ Preparing Lahoh

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