May 18, 2008

Recipe Marathon: Day 3: A Middle Eastern Appetizer..

Middle Eastern cuisine is typically - 'Food of Many Nations' and their food is not fashionably trendy like many other cuisines, rather mostly influenced by their ancestral heritage.

...If you ask me, What has Middle East given us?

You would be equally surprised to know as I was that here, some 12,000 years ago hunters became farmers. Wheat was first cultivated, followed by barley, pistachios, figs, pomegranates, dates and other regional staples. Fermentation was discovered and used not just to make beer, but also to leaven bread. The barter system and the earliest writing systems were created here by the Sumerians. Commercial markets and commercial trade proliferated.

Thats the glory of Middle East and am glad that I chose 'Middle Eastern Cuisine' as the theme for this month's A.W.E.D. It was originally started by my dear friend Dhivya of Culinary Bazaar.

This is my chance to explore more about the cuisine and their traditions...:).

Any meal would start with an appetizer known as 'Mezze' and following the tradition, I made a Middle Eastern appetizer: 'Fatayer Bisabanikh (Spinach Pastry) Sambosic'.

Adapted from here


1 Puff Pastry (thawed for atleast 30mins) (or) for an home-made dough:
1 cups of All-purpose flour
4 tbsp cup Olive Oil/Vegetable Oil
Pinch of Salt

For Spinach Filling:

2 cups of Spinach
1 medium Onion (finely chopped)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
Salt & Pepper to taste

Note: If you are not using a puff-pastry, Sift flour then mix with oil. Add remaining dough ingredients and mix well. Knead till dough is smooth.

Variation: One can add any kind of crumbled cheese to the Paneer filling to make the pastry more flavorful and wholesome..:)


1. Roll puff pastry/dough very thin and cut into circles.

2. Take some oil in a wok, Mix in all the filling ingredients. Saute for couple of minutes and Keep aside.

3. Now, put the filling mixture on each circle. Take each circle and close into the shape of three lines. Secure ends.

3. Preheat oven at 350 deg and Bake for 45 minutes, until brown.

4. Serve warm as an appetizer.

This is also my entry to Meeta's Monthly Mingle, this month guest hosted by dear Mansi with the current theme of Appetizers and Hors'Doeuvres.

Hope you all liked my Spinach pastry and this is my Day 3 of ongoing Recipe Marathon.
I will update the post with my fellow marathon runners recipes later today.

Srivalli is running strong and is back with some hot, fiery Majjiga Mirapakaya/Dahi Mirchi today!
Ranji began her race with sumthing sweet - A Blueberry Muffin!!
Lakshmi is ready with some warm Onion Kulchas. If you want some.. hop on to her blog right away!
Tired of having normal rotis for lunch, then try these Spicy Rotis, made by Dhivya.
Arundathi is all excited about her Grape Jam, which she made for the first time. Yeh!
Swati made the most yummiest stuffed bell pepper with makhani gravy I came across. Check it out.
Divya now makes some yummy looking Sour Cream Corn Cranberry Muffins..:D
Bhags finished the race today by making Vegetable stock..
Raaga blogs about her love for Jackfruit, and hence Raw Jackfruit curry.

Tried & Tested # 4: Nupur's Paneer Pilaf ( I used Tofu instead of Paneer)

Chao for now folks and Have a great Monday!



  1. Another wonderful recipe, siri! Pastry and the pulao both look delicious. Kudos to your patience.

  2. Loved the name...healthy appetizer

  3. so you have risen up for the third day as well...thats real quick...i just ended my second and saved the day by minutes

  4. wow siri..that looks so crispy and yummy! know I am still yet to check on your AWEd announcement!..I am scared..heheheh...

  5. Mama mia! i am drooling out here girl..

    P.S DITCHER!!!! ( and U know why! :( U dint tell me abt the event entry!)

    I am yet to think!

  6. u rockk mann... and i looove d name.. its so fascinating haan... too good...

  7. The appetizer looks delish....and so does the pilaf :-)

    Btw, Siri, I have updated the link to my egg recipe...thanks for pointing out the error :-)

  8. yummyyyyy puff pastry siri,love the pilaf too

  9. Great Monday to you, love this appetizer, like Spanakopita!:)

  10. Wow siri fantastic delicious .... entries :)... Nice recipes

  11. I had linked DK twice instead of u...have corrected it

  12. Siri, wow..that spinach fatayer looks fantabulous..m bookmarking the recipe n memorising this name to try my luck at locals for this dish! tks for sharing! :D

  13. Hi siri!!i have posted my first post for the marathon!!!:)..i am so happy to have finally joined the fun.This appetiser looks really good and delicious..very new to me..

  14. Wow Siri, looks wonderful ur entry :) Even the the pilaf

  15. So testy, I love it. Thanks for your post.

  16. that looks beautiful Siri! I love the flaky crust...looks like a spinnakopita":) thanks for sharing it with MM girl:)

  17. That looks delicious, Siri!
    Btw, I've joined the marathon and updated my entries. This is gonna be lots of fun! :)

  18. The Spinach pastry looks very tasty,thanx for this wonderful Middle Eastern cuisine!!

  19. Hi this appetizer..looks delicious..I included the other entries' links from ur site but missed including yours..:)HAve posted my day 3 entry too..

  20. No probs dear,will wait for the second edition of Recipe marathon.

  21. I just so happen to have a box of puff pastry in the freezer. I think these pastries would be a good use of it!

  22. Ohh the pastry looks awesome and the filling delicious.... Would surely try it soon... very sooon... you have a great blog siri and some amazing pics...:)

  23. Lovely spinach pasty Siri. It's similar to Greece's sapnikopita I believe. I also liked your tofu twist on the pilaf. I would love to try that one very soon. I also have some tofu in the fridge.

  24. It's raining outside and that spinach pastry would have been just the ideal thing to have right now! Looks lovely. The pilaf looks great too!

  25. Wow! the spinach pastry looks sooo yummy and crispy.


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