Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Shish Barak - Palestinian lamb dumplings in coriander, garlic and yogurt sauce

* * * 
Shish Barak, lamb dumplings in coriander, garlic and yogurt sauce is one of my fondest Palestinian food memories. Here's my recipe!

* * * 

I looooove the holy matrimony between mean and dough in all its forms. Italian tortellinis, Russian pelmenis, Georgian khinkalis, Polish pirogis, Uzbek mantis, Chinese dim sums... ahhhh.

Their Palestinian cousin is called Shish Barak and these lambfilled dumplings are cooked in yogurt. Sounds odd, perhaps, but it works.

Just ask anyone who turned up for my book launch!

shish barak_Andalusian auringossa_kulinaristiretkia Jerezista Jerusalemiin_ruokablogi_lammasnyytit_jogurttikastikkeessa

Sure, they're a bit laboursome and for an already stressed out author catering her own book launch; scared shitless of the book reviews these are not necessarily the smartest choice to be rolling out the night before...

... though, judging by the rave reviews they received from all the guests, perhaps they were worth all the hassle after all?

shish barak_Andalusian auringossa_kulinaristiretkia Jerezista Jerusalemiin_ruokablogi_lammasnyytit_jogurttikastikkeessa

In all honesty filling the dumplings is the only actually laboursome part of the process. That's why I usually make a bigger batch and then freeze them in smaller portions.

And I suppose it's all about your own approach: put on some habibi pop, sit down with a friend and start pinching away. Plenty of time to catch up on the gossip (how very authentically Middle Eastern!)

While they might require a bit of work, there's an definite upside to these: they do feed a crowd.

shish barak_Andalusian auringossa_kulinaristiretkia Jerezista Jerusalemiin_ruokablogi_lammasnyytit_jogurttikastikkeessa

In countries, where dumplings like these are an essential part of the culinary traditions, the families have typically been large and people poor - meaning they've had to feed many mouths for as little as possible.

Meat on the other hand has traditionally been the costliest of ingredients, but when you cleverly combine it with dough, a little goes a long way. Just look at this recipe: quarter of a kilo is enough to feed up to six hungry diners!

Once they're filled, the dumplings can be frozed. Just spread them on a parchment-covered baking tray, place the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours (this prevents the dumplings from sticking to each other) and then freeze in suitable sized portions.

shish barak_Andalusian auringossa_kulinaristiretkia Jerezista Jerusalemiin_ruokablogi_lammasnyytit_jogurttikastikkeessa

Serves 4-6

Shish Barak - Palestinian lamb dumplings in coriander, garlic and yogurt sauce

the pastry shell:

5 dl all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
0,5 dl oil
2-2 ¼ dl water

Combine flour and salt. Then add oil and mix until you have a crumbly mixture. Then add water and work into a smooth, elastic dough. Cover the dough with a couple of tbsp of oil and leave to rest, covered, while you prepare the filling.

lamb filling for Shish Barak:

1 onion, finely chopped
1,5 tsp bokharat (or 4 epice spice blend)
250 g ground lamb (or beef )
1,5 tsp dried mint 
3/4 tsp salt

a couple of tbsp oil for frying

Heat the oil in a pan. Then sauté onion until translucent. Add the spice blend and, after a couple of minutes the meat, mint and salt. 

Continue cooking until the meat has browned properly. Leave to cook to room temperature.

Divide the dough to 4 portions and keep rest of the dough covered as you're working on one. Roll it thinly (there should be no need for flour) and using a round cutter (or a wine glass) of about 6 cm diameter, cut into discs. 

Fill each disc with about a tsp of the filling and fold into a crescent. Pinch the edges shut, fold the ends behind the dumpling and pinch. 

Place on a parchment-lined tray and keep covered with a tea towel until ready to cook. 

Depending on the size and thickness of the dumplings the recipe yields about 52 dumplings. 

Coriander, garlic and yogurt sauce

1 kg Turkish yogurt
2 dl water
the juice of ½ a lemon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper 
3 large cloves of garlic, finely minced
3 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped
3 tbsp oil

to serve:

za'atar spice blend (can be found at Middle Eastern shops)
toasted pine nuts
rest of the coriander, chopped

Pour the yogurt and water into a large pot and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring every now and then. 

Heat oil in a small pan and sauté garlic and coriander in it.

Add lemon juice into the yogurt, followed by coriander and garlic mixture (along with the oil). Season. 

Add the dumplings into the sauce and simmer for 20 minutes until done. 

Sprinkle some za'ater, pine nuts and rest of the coriander on top of the stew.

Serve as is or accompanied with rice. 

shish barak_Andalusian auringossa_kulinaristiretkia Jerezista Jerusalemiin_ruokablogi_lammasnyytit_jogurttikastikkeessa_PIN ME

Any of you had Shish Barak yet? Or does Ehud Barak remain your firm favourite...?



         Andalusian auringossa_ruokablogi_ravintola Purpur_Helsinki


Sharing is caring Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email This Pin This


  1. Playing poker it is a pleasure to waste time and relieve stress on the head go visit my website

    Domino 99

    Thank you for allow me to comment in here, YOUR ARITKEL IS VERY NICE

  2. Products named as being sans sugar and having no calories, however it contains starches. Noten

  3. This is my first time i visit here and I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially it's discussion, thank you. Buy Hemp Gummies

  4. Canning was imagined in 1810 and, after the creators of the jars quit utilizing lead (which is profoundly toxic) for the internal covering of the tins, canned merchandise wound up regular all through the world. Sanitization, found in 1862, propelled the miniaturized scale natural security of milk and comparable items essentially. meal delivery services

  5. This comment has been removed by the author.

  6. One of the things you will most like about Albania is the food. There are many traditional and delicious dishes.

  7. Either because there is no land or because many do not know how, very few people have a garden and even fewer produce protein in the form of dairy products and animal storage containers

  8. The amphitheater of Durres it is one of the most spectacular you will see. You will be so impressed with the architecture and the interesting history behind it. Albania Adventure

  9. it is a Persian dish more than 2000 years old. palestinian cuisine does not exist

  10. Having the correct food storage containers in your kitchen will diminish waste and spare space. glass storage containers

  11. I have read your blog it is very helpful for me. I want to say thanks to you. I have bookmark your site for future updates. best propane grill under 300

  12. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing blog that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. 토토신고

  13. this is really nice to read..informative post is very good to read..thanks a lot! maker of wax goods

  14. This best variation of this cake is made by the creaming method. I recipe for jamaican fruit cake