Is your freezer bursting with meat? If ‘yes’ I think you just had your first pandemic Eid-ul-Adha. And this means you need to make the best food dishes from all that meat you’ve got.
For Muslims Eid ul Adha is a time of sacrifice, commemoration, hajj, food, and enjoy.
Every year this day brings joy and happiness for Muslims. We try to relive the day by performing Hajj (remembering the sacrifice made by Hazrat Ibrahim (a.s) and Hazrat Ismail (a.s). Sacrificing an animal in the name of almighty Allah. And helping the needy ones on this occasion.
This year’s Eid ul Adha, however, was different and you know the reason; COVID19. We couldn’t perform Hajj, were in a difficult situation buying an animal and helping others and enjoying the food we normally make and enjoy.
However, it doesn’t mean that if you can’t invite friends, you can’t have a party. You can have it with your family.
You still can make tons of dishes for you and enjoy all that meat coming out of your freezers.
And so, I’ve a very easy and finger-licking recipe for you; Murtabak (commonly known as Arabic Paratha).
Beef Arabic Paratha Recipe (Murtabak)
Here I’m going to concentrate on beef but you can replace it with mutton or even chicken.
- Flour (atta) or All-purpose flour (maida): 3 cups
- Salt (namak): 1.5 tsp or to taste
- Clarified butter (melted ghee): 2 tbs
- Eggs (anda): 1
- Water: 1.5 cups or as required
- Cooking oil (preferably olive oil): 2 tbs
- Onion (pyaz): 2 medium-sized – chopped
- Beef (minced): 500g
- Ginger garlic paste (adrak lehsan paste): 1 tbs
- Turmeric powder (haldee powder): 0.5 tsp
- Salt (namak): 0.5 tsp or to taste
- Red chili powder (lal mirch powder): 1 tsp or to taste
- Red Chili (lal mirch): 0.5 tsp – crushed
- Cumin seeds (zeera): 1.5 tsp – roasted & crushed
- Green chilies (hari mirch): 2-3 – chopped
- Water: 0.5 cup or as required
- Eggs (anda): 5
- Black pepper (kali mirch powder): 1 tsp
- Salt (namak): 0.5 tsp or to taste
- Tomato (tamatar): 1 medium-sized – chopped
- Green onion (hara pyaz): 1 cup – chopped
- Fresh coriander (hara dhania): 0.5 cup – chopped
- Clarified butter (Ghee melted)
- Add your key-dough ingredients (flour, salt, ghee, and egg) and mix well.
- Add water while kneading until the dough is formed. Grease it with the melted ghee, cover it, and let it rest for 35-40 minutes.
- Pour the cooking oil into a wok and heat it. Add onion and saute it.
- Then add the minced beef and mix it well until it changes its color.
- Now add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, salt, red chili (powder), red chili (crushed), cumin seeds, green chilies, and mix all of them well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Then add water and mix them again. Cover the wok and cook on a low flame for 8-10 minutes. After this, cook the mixture on a high flame until all the water dries up. Then remove it from heat and let it cool.
- In a separate bowl, add eggs, black pepper powder, salt, and whisk them well. Add tomato, green onion, fresh coriander to this mixture, and mix them well.
- Now add your cooked minced beef to the mixing bowl, mix them all, and set aside.
- Grease your hands with the melted ghee and knead the dough again for 8-10 minutes.
- Take a small amount from your dough (100g), make a ball, and apply melted ghee on it, and roll out with the help of a rolling pin.
- Add your minced beef mixture in the center of the dough, fold all sides to pack the mixture.
- On a pan (or griddle), place the raw Murtabak, brush it with the melted ghee, and fry it on a medium flame from all sides until golden brown.
Your Murtabak is ready to eat. Cut into desired pieces, serve them, and enjoy this delicious Beef Arabic Paratha (Murtabak) with your family on Eid ul Adha and days to come.
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