Shishbarak is a traditional dish of the Levant cuisine that has been described as a kind of local variation on ravioli. This amazing tasty dish is basically made of plain yogurt cooked with coriander and garlic poured over crunchy meat dumplings. It is usually served with vermicelli rice.
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1. To prepare the dough: sift the flour in a bowl with some salt. Gradually add water and knead to obtain soft dough. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator for 30 min.
2. To prepare the filling: on high heat, fry the chopped onion in a skillet with the vegetable oil until golden. Add the ground meat, cinnamon, pepper and salt and fry until the meat turns brown. Set aside to cool.
3. Preheat the oven to 180 ˚C.
4. To make the shush barak dumplings: on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough using a rolling pin. Cut the dough into 4 cm circles.
5. Place 1 teaspoon of filling at the centre of each circle and fold in half. Press edges together then bring both corners together to obtain a dumpling. Seal well.
6. Put all the meat dumplings in a well-greased baking tray and bake for 10 min or until blushed. Remove from oven and set aside.
7. To prepare the sauce: strain the yogurt into a pot, add the dissolved starch and place over medium heat. Stir continuously in a circular movement until yogurt thickens then reduce the heat. It is very important to stir continuously for the yogurt not to stick to the pot.
8. In a small skillet, fry the minced garlic and fresh coriander with the vegetable oil and add them to the yogurt. Mix well and turn off the heat.
9. To serve, place the shush barak dumplings in a serving dish and pour the yogurt sauce in another deep dish. It is customary to serve vermicelli rice along with it. In each individual plate, place a serving of rice and shush barak dumplings and cover with yogurt sauce.
This serving method is recommended to preserve the crunchiness of the shush barak. Another way to serve it is to add the shush barak dumplings to the yogurt sauce before serving, in which case it will lose its crunchiness.