Saturday, September 29, 2007

Mtabaq lahem

Recipe by:meedo

For dough :
1 1/2 cup white flour.
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour.
1 teaspoon baking powder.
1/4 teaspoon salt.
2 Tablespoons olive oil.
1 1/3 cup water.

For filling:
1/2 Tablespoon olive oil.
500 g ground meat.
1/4 teaspoon black paper.
1 teaspoon salt or to taste.
1 small onion, chopped.
3 boiled eggs.
1/4 cup cheddar cheese cubed.
2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped.

Olive oil, extra for cook the Mtabaq.

1)For filling: Heat oil in large pan, cook onion until browned lightly, add meat and spices,cook,stirring, until browned,remove from pan.

2)Add boiled eggs, cheddar cheese and parsley.

3)For dough: place all ingredients in the bowl of mixer ,beat 3 minutes to make a soft dough.
4)Divide dough into 12 pieces.

5)Roll each portion into square.
6)Drop a 3-4 Tablespoons of filling into centre of each square ,fold over to enclose filling.

7)Heat oil in large pan, cook Mtabaq until browned on both sides.

8)serve with soup or green salad.


Chasing Children & Recipes said...

Masha'Allah this looks great! I love stuffed breads!

Arabic Bites said...

Assalamu alaikum jamila,
Thank you so much for your comment,
How are you doing in rammadan.

zainab & meedo

Anh said...

Zainab & Meedo,

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I made it last night and it was wonderful!

Arabic Bites said...

Hi anh,
I'am glad that one of our recipes work well for you .
Thank you so much for your comment.

zainab & meedo

Mona said...

Salam Zainab and Meedo, while cooking the filled mtabaq, should i add oil to the pan? or should they be browned without oil?! And do you mean shallow fryig them? Thnks for the recipe, like always, all your recipes r gr8 :-)

Arabic Bites said...

Salam mona,
you can shallow fryig them by adding oil to the pan(about 1/2 Tablespoon).
I hope that help,and mtabaq recipe work well for you .

zainab & meedo

delia said...

Hi Zainab & Meedo,
Just came across your interesting blog. Would like to ask you the 11/3 cup water is it enough for the dough. I thought the 11/2 cups of whole wheat flour will need more water otherwise the texture will be rock hard. Please advise as I want to make this for my daughter

Arabic Bites said...

Hi delia,
we Tested all the recipes before add it to our blog.
but it depends in what flour you use if you use fine whole wheat flour 1 1/3 cups will work well ,if your dough not soft enough add more water.

Good luck
zainab & meedo

delia said...

Zainab & Meedo,
Would like to know if there's any difference between whole wheat flour & wholemeal flour. I can only find wholemeal flour over here.

Arabic Bites said...

Hi delia,
wholemeal is usually going to be whole wheat; it's another case of the difference between American English and UK English, I believe.
but the meal part of the name comes from the grind size of the flour.
I think you can use wholemeal flour if you don't find whole wheat flour .
you can read about flour here.

zainab & meedo

meeso said...

This looks too tasty! So, you are also Josh Groban fans ;) I am happy I found your blog!!!

Arabic Bites said...

Hi meeso,
you should try make them,

you have no idea we love every thing about josh.
I'm trying now to create a new blog about josh & his Magical & incredible music.

Thank you for stopping by.


mummyjaan said...

For as long as I lived in Saudi Arabia, mutabbaq was my all-time favourite dish.

Seeing your blog is about Arabic food, the first thing I did was to search for a mutabbaq recipe.

I remember the mutabbaq, or mtabeq, as you like to spell it, would consist of multiple paper-thin layers. The mutabbaq was in fact not thicker than an omelette.

Any idea how to make that type?

Arabic Bites said...


Thank you for your comment,you're right the Saudi mtabeq consist of multiple paper-thin layers because they use a large amount of oil to roll it & that what make the paper-thin layers .
you can use this recipe & use oil to roll the dough.
my sister meedo recipe for light version of Saudi mtabeq .
I hope this will help you.


firdaus said...

assalamualaikum !

I tried this today. It was yummy, and i used the remaining dough and filling to create my own pizza. It turned out awesome as well. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Your site inspires me alot ! Alhamdullilah

Arabic Bites said...

You're so welcome ,I'm glad the recipe work well for you.
Thank you so much for the comment.

zainab :)

Naila said...

is the filling also for 12 "dough" ??

Arabic Bites said...

The dough make 12 pieces,so the filling recipe enough for 12 pieces.

karina_yem said...

Hi! Can you tell me what kind of flour is "dykik ahmar" in english ?
Thank you!

Arabic Bites said...

dykik ahmar is whole wheat flour.

Anyanka said...

Hi, thanks so much for this recipe! I was born and brought up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and this was our favourite snack!

Do you have a recipe for the sweet one though?

Thanks again!! :) x

Asmaa said...

Salam Alaikum,

JazakAllah khair for sharing this recipe, i hope to try it someday soon inshAllah

rabiya said...

Thanx for the arabic recipes..i live in jeddah and I love arabic food..have u recipe of kabsa?
If u have.plz share

Arabic Bites said...


You're more than welcome,yes we do,just go to the right side of the blog to the "LABELS" & click on "rice".

zainab :)

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