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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

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