Happy Eid – el – Fitr to all our Muslim family. Hope you had a happy feasting to celebrate the end of the fast. Seeing as we only have Wednesdays to show off our flavours of Africa, we would love to share one of our Egyptian recipes with you.
This week we are in Hurghada, Egypt, a beach resort town along Egypt’s Red Sea Coast known mostly for its scuba diving activities, lots of restaurants and its old coastal town known for its souk. I could go on and on of its clear turquoise water, fantastic resorts but we want you to see more of the website so click here to see more on this lovely city.
Our dish for today is Hawawshi, a staple traditional Egyptian dish of spices, minced meat and peppers, placed inside a dough and baked. It is similar to the Arabian pizza, Lahmacun.
So if you like to try new things like I do, whip up your cooking tools and let’s get to work!
5 ½ Cups of flour
1 Cup of oil
2 Cups warm water
1¼ Teaspoons black pepper
3 Teaspoons salt
2 Green pepper
¾ Kilograms of chopped meat (beef)
1 Teaspoon paprika
1 Teaspoon beef spice
To make the dough, add the flour, a teaspoon of salt, a quarter of the black pepper and some of the oil together and mix well
Add the two cups of water and mix until it forms a dough mould (the best way to mix is with your hands).
Divide the dough into same size portions and leave in a tray.
To make the stuffing, dice the tomatoes (leave out the seeds), onions, peppers, celery and carrot. Set aside to be used later on.
To the chopped beef, add the remaining salt and black pepper. Add in the beef spice and the paprika and mix together.
Mix the chopped vegetable to the beef.
Divide the chopped beef mixture in the same number of dough rolls you have.
On a flat surface, pour some oil and take a dough ball. Flatten the dough ball until it becomes a large fat circle on the table surface.
Add one of the beef mix balls to the centre of the flattened out dough and the roll the meat so it also flattens out on the flat dough.
Taking one edge of the dough, fold it over the beef mixture until it is folded like that of an envelope.
Do this for all the dough you have set out on your tray.
Heat your oven to 300 degrees (f) and set wraps into baking tray and bake for fifteen minutes.
Serve with a side salad or olives and enjoy!
Recipe by Snapguide