11/14: Cooking for Young Adults Mini-mester

Posted on October 21, 2020 by Alta Schwartz

Three fun classes for young adults to practice their Arabic language skills while learning to cook delicious Arabic cuisine!
Questions? Contact us at info@alifinstitute.org or 770-936-8770.

Saturday, November 14:
Knafeh presented by Awad Awad

Saturday, November 28:
Kleicha presented by Zainab Hashem

Saturday, December 5:
Koshary presented by Nelly Shalaby

Saturday, December 12:
Knafeh presented by Awad Awad
Times: 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, and 2:30 PM
Outdoor class, at Alif’s Annual Holiday Bazaar

Time:  2:30 PM – 4 PM

Cost:  $20/class, $15 for Alif members. Register for one or all four. All materials included.

Ages:  12 years old and up.

In person at Alif Institute.
Masks and social distancing required.



A delicate crust of shredded phyllo dough, molten ooey-gooey cheese, orange blossom water scented sugar syrup, fresh ground pistachio, and loads of grass-fed butter and ghee come together in an unforgettable Eastern Mediterranean dessert known as knafeh. Come learn to make Director of Program Awad Awad’s Palestinian version of the dish. 


The Iraqi national cookie, called kleicha, is a lovely marriage between a Fig Newton and Rugelach on a honeymoon in Iraq after a short trip to India. You heard that right. Yummy pastry dough infused with cumin and cardamom hugs the filling of dates, cardamom, and fennel. Join Arabic and Cooking Instructor Zainab Hashem as she makes the most interesting cookie in the world.


Comfort food is a dish that takes you nostalgically down memory lane to happier times, filling your belly while giving you a lovely warm, heartfelt bear hug. One of the comfort food dishes is koshary. Join Arabic and Cooking instructor Nelly Shalaby in making this iconic Egyptian dish made of macaroni, rice, lentils, chickpeas, fried onions, and a fantastic sauce. 

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