Palestinian Shish Barak


Shish Barak is a cherished Palestinian dish that combines tender meat dumplings with a rich yogurt sauce infused with garlic and mint. This comforting and flavorful dish is perfect for special occasions or family gatherings. Follow this traditional Palestinian recipe to create Shish Barak in your own kitchen and delight your taste buds with its delicious flavors.

shish barak


For the dough:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water, or as needed
For the filling:

1/2 pound ground lamb or beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Salt and pepper to taste
For the yogurt sauce:

4 cups plain yogurt
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons dried mint
Salt to taste

For garnish:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried mint
Ground sumac (optional)


Prepare the dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt. Gradually add water, kneading until a smooth dough forms. Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Make the filling: In a separate bowl, mix together the ground meat, chopped onion, minced garlic, ground cinnamon, ground allspice, salt, and pepper until well combined.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. Using a round cookie cutter or glass, cut the dough into small circles, about 2 inches in diameter.

Place a small amount of the meat filling in the center of each dough circle. Fold the dough over the filling to form a half-moon shape, pressing the edges together to seal. You can crimp the edges with a fork for a decorative touch.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Carefully add the filled dumplings (shish barak) to the boiling water and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until the dumplings float to the surface and are cooked through. Remove them from the water using a slotted spoon and set aside.

Prepare the yogurt sauce: In a saucepan, combine the plain yogurt, minced garlic, dried mint, and salt. Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until warmed through. Be careful not to let the yogurt boil to prevent curdling.

Arrange the cooked shish barak in a serving dish and pour the warm yogurt sauce over them.
In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the dried mint and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant. Drizzle the mint-infused oil over the yogurt sauce.
Sprinkle ground sumac over the dish for added flavor and a pop of color, if desired.
Serve the Palestinian Shish Barak hot, accompanied by rice or Arabic bread, and enjoy the delightful combination of flavors and textures.

This authentic Palestinian Shish Barak recipe will surely impress your family and friends, bringing the warmth and richness of Palestinian cuisine to your table.

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