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Cheesy Murtabak with Chilli Mayo dip

Cheesy Murtabak with Chilli Mayo dip




Day 7 of Ramadan already? Where did the first 6 go? Jokes apart, time is ticking away and we need to utilize our valuable time to the maximum for Ibadah etc. Keep your tongue moist with zikr and adhkars. Also doing your chores, cooking food and being of some help to the family are also considered Ibadah and rewarded in the holy month. Just don't be extreme. Moderation is the key.

I have been asked to share oil free iftar dishes and I have come up with Cheesy Murtabak in my style. It is also called Muthabaq. Oh boy is it yummm?! 

Murtabak or mutabbaq is a stuffed Paratha with your favorite fillings like spicy minced meat and for that extra cheesiness I have added a ton load of cheese 🤪 (you know you can never go wrong with cheese). The classic, Saudi style matabak consists of green onions and leeks. But I kept it very simple. Just eggs and cheese with the spicy minced meat. And instead of adding in chopped onion, I have simply substituted by adding in some onion powder. 



It is a street food specialty especially seen in Saudi, Kuwait, Malaysia etc. Mini pockets  of these non fried Paratha are the best snack for iftar, coz these use little to no oil.
Now I won't call it healthy but definitely a step towards healthy eating for iftar. These little pockets are so delicious and filling. The chilli Mayo dip adds on to its yumminess, and a karak chai! Aaaaah, definition of bliss... Sooo soooo good. I cannot stress enough!

Here I have used meat mince, you may use chicken Mince also if you like, but traditionally mince meat is used for Murtabak. 

Let's get on to the ingredients to prepare this easy and delicious iftar dish. 



Ingredients :

Dough:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • Salt, as required 

Filling :

  • 300 grams minced meat
  • 3 small green chillies, chopped
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp red Chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper po]]] wder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 2 tsp paprika powder*
  • 1/2 of a tomato* (chopped fine) 
  • 3 tbsp Cream cheese 
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt, as required 

Instructions :

  1. Mix all the ingredients under dough by adding water little at a time, the dough should not be sticky, yet soft. Pour some oil over the dough ball, cover with a plastic wrap and to set for around 1 hour. 
  2. In a cast iron pan or any heavy bottom pan, pour a dash of olive oil add in your minced meat with a pinch of salt and break the minced meat using a wooden spoon.
  3. Once the color of the minced meat changes from red to brown, add in your garlic paste.
  4. Allow to cook for a couple of minutes, at this stage it is normal to see a lot of water ooze out of the meat.
  5. Next add in your chopped green chillies and sauté.
  6. Now add in your spices like onion powder, paprika powder, red chilli flakes, pepper powder, and cumin powder.  


  7. Allow your filling to cool, whilst at that in a bowl Crack 2 eggs, Mozzarella cheese and the cream cheese. 




  8. Next dump in all the contents of the filling to the bowl with eggs and cheese. 


  9. Add a tad bit of salt if required. 
  10. Make lemon sized small balls out if the dough. 
  11. Pour some oil in your Countertop and press and spread using your fingers and a rolling pin until it is very thin and see through. 
  12. Add 2 tbsp of the prepared filling and fold overlapping inner sides and outer sides. 

  13. Place the murtabaq on a pan with med high heat pan, seam side down, flip and cook 2 minutes each side or  until a sizzle starts coming, this indicates that the murtabaq is done. Using thongs, cook the sides of the murtabaq too (which only takes seconds). 
  14. Serve with your choice of sauce/dip or serve it just like that right away! *



Note:

  • You may substitute paprika with Kashmiri Red Chilli powder if you cannot find paprika.
  • You may use more tomato if you like. Or you may also add it after the meat cooking process.
  • I made a chilli Mayo dip, prepared by mixing hot sauce, Mayo and garlic powder. 

Do try this recipe and don't forget to share your experience/feedback with me here in the comments or feel free to send me a mail. Also, do tag me at #taystedit if you try out my recipes on Facebook, Instagram etc so that I can see when you make it. ♡♡♡♡

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