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Mutabbaq or Martabak

Mutabbaq or Martabak is a Saudi traditional street food. Its very simple, easy recipe . Its kind of Indian stuffed bread. My recipe has a twist. I used the store bought mutabbaq leaves. and filling recipe is not traditional. I have given Indian touch to them 🙂 Its best for breakfsts, lunch box , snack time as well ifthar.

Traditionally this dish is prepared by kneading dough using all purpose flour, then cooking minced meat, cool them and add egg , then fill in the thinly spread bread and cook on a pan. Will post this traditional method too, next time.

Preparation time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 20 minutes

Ingredients :

Chicken – 500 gms, boneless , minced

Onion – 2 large. finely chopped

Carrots, beans – 1/2 cup, finely chopped ( optional)

Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 th teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Pepper powder- 1 teaspoon

Coriander leaves – few, finely chopped

Eggs – 3

Salt – to taste

Mutabbaq leaves/ spring roll leaves – 8

Butter – 4 tablespoon

All purpose flour – 2 tablespoon ( to make glue)

Method :

Heat a pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil, add finely chopped onion and saute till soft. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute till raw smell goes. then add veggies (optional), minced chicken, salt, pepper, garam masala powder, turmeric and saute well. Close the lid and cook chicken till done. Do not add water, as chicken leaves its moisture. Switch off the flame. Let the masala cool down and keep aside. ( Make sure its completely cooled down)


Note : If you already have any samosa masala filling , then can use it instead of preparing the above filling.

In a bowl, whisk eggs, add little salt, pepper, coriander leaves, cooled chicken masala and mix well.

In a small bowl, add little water to all purpose flour and mix well to form a thick lump free paste just like how you do for samosa.

Note: You can prepare the mutabbaq sheets by kneading all purpose flour, salt and oil to form a soft dough. Then roll thin breads of this dough like chapati and place the filling in middle, fold the sides to form a square shape.

Take a mutabbaq/ or spring roll sheet. place the egg mix on the sheet in square shape. Apply the all purpose flour paste on the all the sides . place another sheet on them and press it on the sides.

Grease some butter on the heated pan, cook the mutabbaq on both sides till light brown.

Cut them into smaller squares.

Chicken mutabbaq is ready to serve. You can prepare the filling with any meat.

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ifthar snacks Snack Starters Uncategorized

Thread chicken|Chicken screwdriver

This chicken starter/snack is crunchy outside and juicy inside. Its best for ifthar as well as starters. Its simple, easy and yummy recipe. I have marinated the chicken stripes in spicy masala. Its completely optional. You can just add pepper and salt to season the chicken and proceed with the method.

Cooking time : 20 minutes

Ingredients :
Chicken marination :

Boneless chicken – 500 gms

Red chilly powder – 2 teaspoons

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – to taste

Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lime juice – of 1/2 lime
For coating :

Eggs – 2

Samosa sheets – 1 packet

Method :

Clean the chicken and cut them into stripes. ( Note: I have cut into short thin stripes. You can also cut into long stripes). Add all the ingredients mentioned under Marination into a bowl , mix well and marinate the chicken stripes.

Cook the marinated chicken in cooker or open pan till its cooked. Remove the chicken and cool them. Insert toothpick ( if short stripes) or bamboo skewers ( if long stripes) into the chicken and keep aside.

In a bowl , whisk the eggs well.

Cut the samosa sheets ( or spring roll sheets ) into thin stripes using knife or scissor, holding all together in a stack.

Dip the chicken in the egg and roll over the samosa stripes well. Press the coated chicken gently with fist. Follow these steps for all the chicken stripes and deep fry on medium flame till golden brown.

Crunchy chicken screwdriver is ready to serve with favorite dip.

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Shami Kabab

shami Kabab is a very popular non-veg starter originating from the Indian subcontinent . These kababs are basically flavorful meat patties, which are crispy on the outside and smooth inside.These kababs can be made of mutton or beef.

Shami kababs are ideal for ifthar, school lunchbox , starter etc.

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Shami Kabab recipe :-

Makes – 30 – 35 kababs



  1. Boneless meat – 500gms
  2. Whole red chilly – 7
  3. Cloves – 7
  4. Whole black pepper – 2 teaspoon (optional)
  5. ginger-garlic paste – 2 tablespoon
  6. salt – as needed


  1. Coriander powder – 2 tablespoon
  2. cumin (whole) – 1.5 teaspoon
  3. salt – 1 teaspoon
  4. turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  5. Chana dal – 1 cup (soaked for 2 hours)


  1. Red chilly powder – 1 teaspoon
  2. garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
  3. coriander leaves(chopped) – 1 cup
  4. mint leaves (chopped) – 1/2 cup
  5. green chillies -2, choppped
  6. potatoes (boiled) – 2 medium
  7. salt – 1 teaspoon
  8. egg – 1


  1. Onion(chopped) – 2 medium
  2. Lemon juice – 4 tablespoon

Method :

Step 1 : Put (A) ingredients with 1.5 cups of water in a pressure cooker and cook till meat is half done (4-5 whistle). Switch off the flame. Let the pressure settle.


 Step 2 : Now open the pressure cooker , add (B) ingredients with 1/2 cup water and pressure cook for 2-3 whistle or until the meat and dal are well cooked. Switch off the flame. Let the pressure settle.


Step 3: Open the pressure cooker. Turn the heat high and dry it completely. Make sure that the dal doesn’t become too mushy. Turn off the heat and let it cool.

Step 4 : Once cooled, finely chop the meat and dal mixture.


Step 5 : Mix Ingredients (D) in a bowl and leave for 10 minutes


Step 6: Mix ingredients (C) together in a large mixing bowl.


Step 7 :Then add the meat mixture and the onion mixture to it. Combine very well.

Step 8 : Make kababs of desired size.


Step 9 : you can deep freeze these kababs for 2-3 weeks in an air-tight container or zip-lock bag. While keeping in air-tight container , I separate each layer with a wax paper so that it is easy to remove.

Step 10 : Shallow fry these kababs until it turns golden on both the sides.


The delicious shami kabab is ready. Serve it with you favorite dip.

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ifthar snacks Snack Starters Uncategorized

Chicken Bites / Chicken Pops

Chicken bites or chicken pops is yet another snack that can be prepared for ifthar . It is also called ‘toothpick chicken’ as the ingredients are pricked into the toothpick before frying. Eating tip – Pop the entire chicken bite at once into the mouth to relish the real taste of it.

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  1. Chicken boneless – 50-100 gms
  2. onion – 1 medium (cut into chunks)
  3. potato – 1 small
  4. egg – 1
  5. maida/ all purpose flour – as needed
  6. bread crumbs – as needed
  7. Green masala paste (optional) – 1 teaspoon
  8. pepper – 1 teaspoon
  9. turmeric powder – 1/5 teaspoon
  10. salt
  11. oil

Method :

Step 1 : Cook chicken with pepper, turmeric  and salt.Once cooked, cut it into bite / chunk size pieces. Peel and Cook Potato with salt. once cooked, cut potato also into bite/chunk size pieces.

Step 2 : (Optional) Apply  Green masala paste to chicken pieces ( this is to make it spicy).If you don’t have green paste , just make a paste of 1 greenchilly, ginger-garlic paste (1/5 teaspoon) , 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder, 3-4 mint and coriander leaves.

Step 3: Take a toothpick . Prick chicken , onion , potato into it.

Step 4 : Break open an egg into a bowl and whisk it. Take a little maida and breadcrumbs in separate bowls. Dip the pricked chicken pops into egg; then dust it with maida. Then again dip it in egg and roll it over breadcrumbs


Step 5 : Heat enough oil in a kadai.When it is hot, deep fry the chicken pops until golden brown on all the sides.


The Chicken pops / chicken bites are ready!!! Serve it with your favorite dip.

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ifthar snacks Ramadan ideas Snack

Banana Pola

Banana pola is a traditional malabar snack. Also known as kaipola ,it is a sweet snack with banana and egg as the core ingredients. It is an ideal tea time snack as well as ifthar snack. It is definitely a healthy sweet snack for kids.

Preparation time : 7 minutes

Cooking time : 30 minutes

Ingredients :

  1. Big Banana/ plantain (ripe)  – 2 (peel and cut into square pieces)
  2. egg – 4
  3. milk – 1 cup
  4. cornflour – 2 tablespoon
  5. cardomom powder – 1 teaspoon
  6. sugar – 8-10 teaspoon
  7. ghee – 3 tablespoon

Method :

Step 1 : Heat 1-2 tablespoon of ghee in a pan . saute banana in it until it turns golden brown. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and combine well. Remove from flame.


Step 2 : Blend together eggs , milk, cornflour , cardomom powder and sugar in a blender. (Tip : mix cornflour in a small amount of milk well before putting it into the blender)


Step 3 : Transfer it into a mixing bowl. Add sautéed banana pieces into it. Stir it well


Step 4 : Heat a pan and grease it with ghee well. pour the mixture so that it covers the entire pan. Cook it covered on low flame for about 20 minutes (or until its bottom turns golden brown)


Step 5 : Turn it over and cook for another 5-10 minutes (to give golden brown color on both the sides)


Turning over tip : To flip over, Place a plate on top of the pan. Turn it over so that the banana pola falls on to plate. Then slowly transfer it back to the pan .

Once it is cooked, Cool it down. Cut it into desired shapes and sizes and serve.

Note :

  1. you can either prepare 2 thin banana pola or one thick banana pola using the above mentioned quantity of ingredients. In case, you wish to make 2 thin banana pola, repeat the above steps twice with 2 equal portion of the mixture.
  2. If you wish to, you made also add fried nuts to the mixture to enhance the taste.


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