How about Trick or Treat in Arabic style or precicely Khaleeji style!
“Gergaoon” is such a joyful celebration especially amongst children in the Arabian culture. It is celebrated on the 15th night of the holy month of Ramadan.
Children wear traditional clothes, carry beautifully ornate colorful drawstring bags and walk around the neighborhood door-to-door to receive candies, sweets and nuts, while singing the traditional gergaoon songs. Some neighbors distribute sweet and different kinds of traditional confectionery while others give out coins.
Quite similar to Halloween of the west minus the horror aspect. On the contrary children here are celebrating a hundreds of years old tradition to mark the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan.
Other than just celebration, the purpose of the event is to educate people about the occasion and the month of Ramadan and promote the values of sharing and giving.
How quickly the month of Ramadan has almost come to an end.
This year I really missed the festivities of Ramadan and its vibes with lively streets of Bahrain, local sweets and delicacies, lavish iftar buffets, melodious Arabic music, kahwa throughout the ghabga night. Indeed, the best time of the year.
Having said that how much I missed Ramadan celebrations this year, but my girls did get a chance of celebrating Gergaoon with their school friends. I feel so grateful to the teachers and the school staffs who took all efforts to celebrate “Gergaoon” virtually with the children. Especially my little Annie celebrated wearing traditional dress and teachers sharing easy kids friendly recipe with the children. How thoughtful wasn’t it!
I really got motivated seeing this lovely gesture and decided to prepare a nice Arabic meal from scratch contributing my bit towards the celebration.
I made baked sweet potato kibbeh, Cheesy chicken seekh, beans potato stew, humus, salad and fresh pita breads.
My version of Cheesy chicken seekh kebabs and humus had always been my kids favourite amongst all other dishes from the spread.
Pretty easy to make and ready in no time. Within 15-20 minutes these juicy chicken skewers get ready. All you need to do is put all the ingredients into a food processor and mix it, shape the mixture into your skewers, grill them and your work is done.
700 gm minced chicken ( keema)
1 medium onion roughly chopped
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ground pepper
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp chili flakes
2 tsp ground pepper
A handful of fresh parsley or coriander leaves
1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
Salt to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp oil for cooking
1/2 cup mix of grated cheddar and mozzarella cheese
Put onions, parsley, garlic and pulse it to chop them all. Now put rest of the ingredients except the oil for cooking and cheese into the food processor and pulse it until all very well combined.
Take the minced chicken mixture into a bowl and add the grated cheese. Mix it properly.
Now, wet your hand and take a small ball size amount of minced mixture and shape them into seekh kabab shapes. If you are using wooden skewers, firstly dip the skewers in the water and roll a big handful of mixture into the skewer and press lightly with your fingers. If you are using metal skewers then lightly brush them with some oil.
Heat a large flat skillet or a pan, drizzle some oil. Place the chicken skewers( not more than three at a time) on it and grill them evenly over medium heat by turning them until they are cooked and nice golden brown.
Enjoy with some warm pita, salad and yogurt dip