It began with a sudden craving for Za'atar. And when I checked out the recipe online, the main ingredient for that turned out to be something called sumac. I don't even know what that is! Then I remembered Fatayers which is another favorite Arabic food of mine. Turns out it isn't that hard to make. Fatayers are usually made with a filling of cheese or spinach or meat. I made mine with tuna. Tuna is like my experimental food, because it is okay if it goes wrong; it's only tuna! :) Next time, I'll try this with some other filling.
I've written here only how to make the base, and not the filling. Any form of masala to your taste will do. Or check online for the authentic filling. :)
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup water
- Pour the warm water into a mixing bowl and add yeast, and let stand for a few minutes to proof.
- Add the salt and oil, and stir well to combine.
- Gradually add the flour, stirring till a soft smooth dough is achieved.
- Knead the dough until it is smooth and satiny.
- Roll the dough into small balls. Cover them with a towel and allow to rise for about 1 and a half hours.
- Take a piece of the dough in hand and press it into a 3 or 4 inch round, about ¼ inch thick.
- Place a spoonful of the filling mixture in the center of the dough round.
- Draw up and seal four edges of the dough to create a square - leaving a small opening in the center.
- Arrange the pies on a baking tray and bake in a preheated 180°C oven for about 15 minutes.