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Mutabaq

Mutabaq is a stuffed pan-fried bread which is commonly found in the middle east, especially Saudi Arabia. The word Mutabaq is derived from Mutabbag which means folded in Arabic. Crispy, flaky and chewy roti stuffed with spiced ground beef and egg filling. Its great for a quick lunch or  dinner and even for Iftar. Its filling, delicious and a complete meal.

Mutabaq 1

Ingredients for dough

  •  3 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Egg
  • Extra oil

Ingredients for filling 

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilly, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 400 gms ground meat
  • 2 tomatoes, finely diced
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  •  ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped, Spring onions
  • 1 tomato (remove pulp), finely diced
  • ½ green capsicum, finely diced
  • olives optional
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 3 tbsp + for frying

Method

Dough

  1. Mix all ingredients and knead well, about 10 minutes. Dough should be soft and slightly sticky.
  2. Cover and let rest the dough sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Make 6 to 7 equal balls, coat generously with oil to prevent from drying and easy handling.
  4. Cover and rest the balls about 30 minutes for easy rolling.

 Filling:

  1. In a pan, heat oil. Add onions and fry until translucent.
  2. Add green chili, garlic and ginger, sauté for a minute or 2.
  3. Add meat mince and sauté on high heat for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes, chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder and salt. Cook for few minutes until cook through and all the water dries out.
  5. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  6. Lightly beat eggs in a large bowl. Add chopped green onions, diced tomato, capsicum, olives, cheese, and cooked meat mixture. Stir until combined.


 Assembly:

  1. Divide the dough in 7 equal balls
  2. Grease and flatten one ball and roll out the ball into paper thin circle.
  3. Place one potion of the prepared filling in the centre of the rolled out dough and spread it gently leaving approx 3 inches towards the edge .
  4. Gently fold the edges to to seal the filling and form a rectangle.
  5. Gently lift the mutabaq and place on hot griddle. Allow it cook until golden brown spots appear. Drizzle some oil and fry until cooked from one side.
  6. Gently flip, drizzle some oil and cook.
  7. Do not cook it on very high heat as it might burn the mutabbaq.
  8. Take it off the griddle. Repeat the same for all the balls.
  9. Cut and serve hot mutabbaq with any sauce of your choice.

These can be baked as well. After assembling,  bake in preheated oven at 220 till golden brown.

Mutabaq 2

Puff Pastry Squares

 

Puff Pastry squares

Puff Pastry squares

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients :

4 Square Puff pastry

Filling of your choice:

  • I used:
  • Nutella
  • Choclate chips
  • Strawberry preserve
Strawberry puff

Strawberry puff

Method :

  1. Thaw the puff pastry squares either in a refrigerator or on counter top. Make sure you place them in the refrigerator once they are thawed till they are being used.
  2. Preheat oven to 210C.
  3. Place one square of puff pastry on a work surface and leaving a small border make a slit on all four sides with a gap unslit mid way. The slit on each side should be almost till mid way. Then leave some gap and slit again.
  4. Place filling of choice in the centre of the puff pastry.
  5. Bring two opposite corners together and pinch the puff pastry so that it sticks well.
  6. Bring the other two opposite corners over the previous sealed corners and seal again. Open the bows formed if they do not open up.
  7. Shape the four corners into boat with your fingers so that the filling doesn’t ooze out. It also beautifies the puff pastry.
  8. Keep the prepared, shaped puff pastry in the refrigerator till ready to be baked.
  9. Prepare the remaining puff pastries in the same way. I made 2 with strawberry preserve, one with chocolate chips and one with Neutella.
  10. Arrange the puff pastries on a baking tray and bake for 12-18 minutes till golden and well cooked.
Chocolate filled puff

Chocolate filled puff

 

Gol Gappay

Gol Gappay are a great snack, served as chat and found on street  all over Pakistan. They are served filled with spicy water, chickpeas and potatoes.

Gol Gappay

Gol Gappay

 

Ingredients:

Puris:

  • 1/4 cup All Purpose flour (Maida or Plain Flour)
  • 3/4 cup fine Sooji (Semolina )
  • 1/2 cup water (as needed)

Pani (Spicy Water):

  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1/3 cup  tamarind
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp black salt
  • 1/2  tsp salt (as per taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 tsp roasted and crushed cumin seed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 cups water

Method:

Pani (Spicy Water):

  1. Soak the tamarind in ½ cup of water for approximately 1 hour. Strain out all the pulp through a sieve.
  2. Combine this pulp with the remaining ingredients except the black salt in a blender and grind to a fine paste using a little water.
  3. Transfer the paste into a large bowl and combine with  2 cups of water, the black salt and salt and mix well.
  4. Chill for at least 2  hours after making so that all the flavors have blended properly.

Method
For the puris

  1. Combine the semolina, plain flour, salt and enough water  to make a semi-stiff dough and knead well. Allow it to rest under a wet muslin cloth for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Roll out a big circle of the dough and cut out small bite sized circles with the  cookie cutter.
  3. Place these circles under a damp cloth for about 5 minutes.
  4. Deep fry in a kadhai in hot oil on a medium flame till they puff up and are golden brown (press each puri using a slotted spoon till they puff up in the oil).
  5. Remove, drain on absorbent paper and store in an air-tight container.
  1. How to Serve:
  2. Gol gappas are served by making a small hole in each puffed ball  Fill the puffed crisp ball with boiled and chopped potatoes,and  boiled chickpeas. Finish by filling each ball with the spicy pani (water). Enjoy! 🙂
Gol Gappay

Gol Gappay

 

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