Aish Bellaham

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Aish Bellaham

A well known traditional dish, complementing any Saudi meal, is presented to you in easy steps preserving its originality.

  • Preparation time
  • Preparation time

    50 minute
  • cooking time
  • Cooking time

    40 minute
  • Preparation time
  • Difficulty

    Medium
  • cooking time
  • Serving

    7 People
  • Goody kitchen

Ingredients

For dough:
3 cups flour 
¾  cup Goody vegetables shortening, melted 
½  cup water 
5 tbsp Velor powder milk 
2 tbsp instant yeast 
1 tbsp aish bellaham spices 
½  1 tsp salt 
1 tbsp sugar 
2 eggs 
For filling:
2 tbsp oil 
750g minced meat 
2 batches chives, chopped  
¾  cup tahini 
1 cup water 
¼  cup Goody vinegar
½  1 tsp salt 
½  1 tsp pepper
1 egg, beaten 
1 tbsp sesame or poppy seeds
1 tomato, sliced (optional) 
1 pod green chili, chopped (optional)  
 

Method

1.    For dough: in a large bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, spices, yeast and milk. Add melted shortening, work with your hands till sandy. Add eggs and enough water to knead into soft elastic dough. Cover and rest in a warm place for 45 minutes till doubled.  
2.    For filling: in a pan, heat oil. Brown meat, use a wooden spoon to break all lumps, till liquid evaporates. Take off heat. 
3.    In a bowl, pour tahini and add water gradually while mixing with a fork. Add vinegar and seasoning, mix well. Add meat and chives, mix. 
4.    On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 5mm thick. Line in a large greased pan, lifting the dough up the sides. Evenly spread filling, turn dough sides to cover filling edges. Brush filling and dough sides with egg, (arrange tomato slices and chili if desired) and sprinkle sesame. Bake in moderate oven for 30 minutes or till golden. Cool slightly. Cut as desired and serve warm or cold.