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Shish Barak Recipe

Shish Barak consists of meat dumplings cooked in a yogurt stew. A comfort food for many in the Middle East, it is very similar to tortellini in shape and size.
PREP TIME30 minutes
COOK TIME10 minutes
TOTAL TIME40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Cuisine: Middle Eastern



  • 1 lb Lamb ground
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • ¾ tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Chili Paste (shatta)
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro


  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ¾ cup Water
  • Pinch of Salt


  • ½ cup Water from cooking the dumplings
  • 4 tbsp Butter melted
  • 1 cup Yogurt thick, room temperature
  • ½ tsp Crushed Red Pepper optional
  • ¼ cup Pine Nuts for the topping


  • For the filling, mix all ingredients together and set aside in the refrigerator.

For the Dough

  • Mix the flour and salt together.
  • Add the olive oil and water and make into a dough.
  • On a floured surface roll out the dough to about a quarter of an inch thick.
  • Using a 3-3.5 inch cookie cutter cut several pieces of dough.
  • Fill each circle with about a teaspoon of filling.
  • Fold over, moistening the edge of the dough, making half moon shapes. Pinch the two ends together making a tortellini shape.
  • Bring three quarts of water to a boil, add the dumplings and cook gently for about 20 minutes until dumplings begin to float.

For the Sauce

  • Add half a cup of the cooking water to a warmed bowl.
  • Add the butter to the water, then add the yogurt. Stir in the dumplings.
  • If you want more spice, you can add crushed red pepper.
  • Toast the pine nuts until golden brown in a pan using a drop of olive oil. Sprinkle with the pine nuts. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories: 666kcal - Carbohydrates: 29g - Protein: 26g - Fat: 50g - Saturated Fat: 21g - Cholesterol: 121mg - Sodium: 642mg - Potassium: 445mg - Fiber: 1g - Sugar: 4g - Vitamin A: 503IU - Vitamin C: 1mg - Calcium: 100mg - Iron: 4mg
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