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Substitute for sumac?

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kreecherlivesupstairs Mon 30-May-11 09:51:19

I saw something for the weekend yesterday and fancied making one of the recipes. It calls for ground sumac. I am not sure how it will affect it if I leave it out, but doubt I can get hold of any in our small supermarket in Belgium.
I will check back later.

AuntieMonica Mon 30-May-11 09:58:04

it's quite a citrussy taste IIRC so maybe some lemon zest and sweet paprika would be a suitable substitute?

is it a middle eastern type dish you're making?

kreecherlivesupstairs Mon 30-May-11 10:35:13

I assume it is ME, although I lived there for three years and never came accross it. The recipe is Lamb fattoush.

ColonelBrandonsBiggestGroupie Mon 30-May-11 16:07:01

Lemon juice and some black pepper will be fine. It won't be quite the same but it will still be good. Sumac is sort of sweet and sour tasting. Paprika would add the right sprinkling of pinkness.

kreecherlivesupstairs Tue 31-May-11 07:12:02

Thanks, I did manage to get some. It was bloody horrible anyway with or without sumac.

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