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Chef Zina Abboud dishes out delicious recipes from Syria and beyond at SIBF 2021

A rapt audience tastes meat balls in cherry sauce and Turkish cheese burrak prepared by the master chef at the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair

10:51 PM | 4 Nov, 2021
Chef Zina Abboud dishes out delicious recipes from Syria and beyond at SIBF 2021

SHARJAH – Zina Abboud, was the celebrity chef who inaugurated the popular ‘Cookery Corner’ at the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) 2021. The audience not only got to watch her but sample a couple of local delicacies from Syria and beyond that came out hot from Abboud’s kitchen.

The mouth-watering Lahmeh-b-karraz has a sweet and sour taste, like the washneh cherries, explained the chef. “The ingredients in the dish are lamb meatballs and pureed cherry juice. The juice is boiled until it thickens to which the meatballs are added. The tangy appetiser dish is garnished with pine nuts and parsley then served with pieces of Arabic bread cut in triangles,” she added. 

Moving on to the second dish, the Turkish cheese burrak, Zina shared that originally the burrak was mostly made meatless and comprised feta and mozzarella cheeses, minced parsley, frozen spinach, egg yolks, milk and butter. She rolled the dough explaining her audience that the rolling process is similar to that of the kunafa. The savoury stuffing mix is filled inside the thin sheets of roll, then folded and baked for a classic Mediterranean pie. “The fillings can be varied depending on one’s taste,” the chef clarified. 

Zina Abboud’s Mijn Syrische Keuken by Xander Publishers, and the first Syrian cookbook to be published in the Netherlands, is currently available at SIBF 2021.

Chef Zina Abboud is the first female Syrian migrant to open a business in the Netherlands, Zina's Kitchen, bringing with her the experience she gained from cooking in her grandmother’s home in Aleppo. She is joined by 10 other celebrity chefs from 10 nations who will be leading a variety of masterclasses designed to instil a love of global cuisines in the visitors of the Sharjah International Book Fair 2021. 

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 2 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 2, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 27.13 27.43
Swedish Korona SEK 314.07 316.57
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89

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