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Iftar recipe of the day: Spinach Fatayer

Filed on May 6, 2020
Iftar, recipe, Dubai, UAE, Spinach, vegetarian, vegan, food

INGREDIENTS
For the dough:
Strong white flour...250 g
Salt...........................1 tsp
Instant yeast............1 tsp
Olive oil..................2 tbsp
Warm water..........125 ml
 
For the filling:
Garlic cloves, chopped...............2
Fresh spinach, chopped......125 g
Feta cheese, crumbled........100 g
Pine nuts, lightly toasted....2 tbsp
Mint, chopped.....................3 tbsp
Onion, chopped...........................1 
Salt, Pepper, Paprika and Cayenne pepper to season
 
METHOD
1. To make the dough, place the flour, salt and yeast into a large bowl. Pour in the oil and warm water. Mix with one hand, adding more water if required until you have a rough dough. 
2. Knead the dough on a floured surface for ten minutes until it becomes smooth. Return to the bowl and cover with cling film and leave to rise for approximately one hour or until it has doubled in size.
3. Meanwhile, make the filling by combining the spinach, feta, garlic, onion, pine nuts, mint and seasoning in a bowl. Mix thoroughly.
4. When you're ready to assemble the parcels, pre-heat the oven to 200C and line a baking tray with parchment.
5. Tip the risen dough onto a floured surface and gently knock back. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to a thickness of 3mm and then use a circular cutter to cut circles from the dough (the size of these will depend on your preference).
6. Add some of the spinach mixture into each of the circles and fold into a triangular shape, pinch together carefully so it doesn't come loose in the oven.
7. Brush each parcel with olive oil and arrange as a single layer on the baking parchment. Bake in the oven for ten to fifteen minutes, or until golden brown.
 
Recipe courtesy David Tapley, a journalist who writes about food and travel on his website www.outandaboutuae.net. He currently hosts a monthly supper club called #DineAroundWithDavid.
 
Compiled by Mahima Ann Ninan

 
 
 
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