How to Cook Vegetarian Fatayer (Sour Spinach Pockets)

by Michel Daher


  • 3 Cups Whole meal flour
  • 4 Tablespoons Yoghurt
  • 1 Cup Plain sifted flour
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Mahlab
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Dry yeast
  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 1 Large onion
  • 2 Tablespoons Sumac powder
  • 2 Cups Pomegranates (optional)
  • 1 Sour grape sauce (or lemon juice)
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    3 cups of whole meal flour sifted. You will have some grain left in your sieve. It's up to you if you want to add it in or not. Mine went in the bin.

    Step 2

    3 large tablespoons of plain yoghurt.

    Step 3

    20 seconds in the microwave for our plain yoghurt. Yes I missed again with the photography lol.

    Step 4

    Add just a cup of white flour with your wholemeal flour. You can use all whole meal if you like.

    Step 5

    A pinch of salt. My mother's pinch is like a bucket of salt. But pls just a pinch.

    Step 6

    1 tablespoon of sugar to feed our yeast.

    Step 7

    Add the mahlab. 1 heaped tablespoon is enough.

    Step 8

    2 tbsp of dry yeast. We're getting a bit pro with our dough mix. We are no longer using spoons.

    Step 9

    1/2 cup of vegetable oil

    Step 10

    Add 1/2 liter of water and start mixing.

    Step 11

    Stir and add more water as you go

    Step 12

    It should start to form a nice chunky dough. Fold and press. Kneed the dough using your knuckles. Let your dough rest for half an hour or so.

    Step 13

    Cut your dough into small round balls and let them rest again for 10 minutes while you prepare the spinach filling.

    Step 14

    Get your fresh, washed spinach and chop into small pieces.

    Step 15

    One onion chopped finely.

    Step 16

    There there don't cry. I'm here for you

    Step 17

    2 tabsp of Sumac powder. Did you know sumac has medicinal properties and is an antioxidant for the colon, liver, diabetes and lungs. Lucky us!!

    Step 18

    Add the spinach, onion and sumac into your mixing bowl.

    Step 19

    Add 1 cup of Pomegranate seeds. This is optional if you don't have pomegranate. Did you know pomegranate helps dissolve bad fats from the body and increases oxygen levels and erectile dysfunction.

    Step 20

    Add 1 pinch of salt to your mix.

    Step 21

    Add 1/2 cup of vegetable oil to your mix.

    Step 22

    Mix it all up. If you're wearing a glove, you don't need me to tell you to wash your hands lol.

    Step 23

    Your mix is now ready.

    Step 24

    Using a paper towel or baking paper oil your trays like so.

    Step 25

    The delicate folding and stuffing begins. In fact you can make them any shape you like. But take a look at this technique. Place a big spoonful of spinach mix in the centre of your dough

    Step 26

    Grab 2 ends of the dough and bring them to the centre.

    Step 27

    Turn it to the other side and bring another side to the centre and press it together to make a triangle.

    Step 28

    Did you end up with something like this? Great work we're ready to bake. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

    Step 29

    If your father has made a wood fire BBQ pizza oven place them in there for 15 mins at 200 degrees. Or even a traditional oven at the same temperature. Check them for that golden colour.

    Step 30

    And this is what we end up with. A semi crunchy and soft dough filled with goodness. It's a great snack and keep it in the fridge for when you get peckish.

    Step 31

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