A Barida is a cold dish, part of the service of what are called Bawarid.
These two recipes make what we might call chicken salad,
but are also quite different from our typically mayonnaise slathered versions.
1. Barida of Ibrahim ibn al-Mahdi
translated by David Waines in In a Caliph's Kitchen, pp. 82-83
Two parts almonds and sugar and two parts vinegar and mustard mixed together in a vessel with partially dried safflower adding colour around the edges. Cucumber peeled - qutha and faqqas - and pomegranate, chopped up small and sprinkled around the vessel. Add a little oil. Take a fine young chicken, cooked in vinegar, jointed and cut up in pieces and placed over the other ingredients in one vessel. Decorate the dish with pomegranate (seeds) and with almonds and olives chopped up fine.
This cold dish made from chicken was devised by Ibrahim ibn al-Mahdi. The recipe is expressed in poetic form, not surprising from a man who was not only a gourmand, but well known as a poet too. He describes the dish as perfect summertime fare. The physician al-Razi observes that such dishes of the bawarid type, when made with vinegar or with the juice of sour fruits, serve to cool the temperament and moderate it. Qutha and faqqus, mentioned in the original recipe, are species of cucumber.
David Waines, In a Caliph's Kitchen, pp. 82-83
Makes about 20 servings
9 lb. chicken parts
2. Barida of Abu Ja'far al-Barmaki
Translated by Charles Perry from the 9-10th c. Islamic collection of Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq
A fowl is taken, roasted, jointed and thrown in a jar into which are put coriander, pepper, cumin and cinnamon. Verjus is added, and mint, tarragon and fresh thyme are cut over it, and good oil is poured over it. Fresh spices are minced onto it, and it is decorated with chopped cucumber.
This recipe was brought to my attention by Duke Cariadoc via e-mail. I have not yet made it, but i present below a moderized version of the recipe above. It says to mince fresh spices, which i think would actually be herbs...
My Incomplete Redaction
Makes about 8 servings
one chicken, approximately 4 lb.
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