MURTABAK – A Savory Pan Fried Bread of SAUDI ARABIA

In Mena's Cooking Club, this month we are going to make a savory pan fried bread 
of Saudi Arabia called Murtabak .

Murtabak, is a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread. The name Murtabak in Arabic means "folded". This is a savory pan fried bread filled with minced meat and eggs  which can be served as snack or a complete meal. This bread originated in Yemen, but  also spread to Asian Countries. 

Let's see the ingredients to make this....

For the covering

3 Cups All Purpose flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Oil
1 Teaspoon Sugar
Warm Milk or Water to make a dough

For the Filling

500 Grams Minced Meat (mutton/beef/chicken)
2 Onions – finely chopped
1.1/2 Teaspoon Ginger - Garlic paste
4 Green chilies - finely chopped
2 Teaspoon Meat Masala powder
1.1/4 Teaspoon Chilly Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Oil
A pinch of Sugar
3 Tablespoon Coriander leaves – finely chopped
4 to 6 Eggs - beaten

For the Pickle

1 Small Cucumber
1 Small Onion
1 Tablespoon  Apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1/4 Cup Water
A pinch of Salt

First Let's Make the Pickle

Mix all the ingredients and keep in fridge.

To Make the Filling

To make the filling 
 I, used chicken mince.
Mix chili powder, turmeric, meat masala powder and ginger garlic paste with a little water to form a paste.
Heat oil in a pan, add onions and saute till translucent, add masala paste and saute for 2 minutes then add the mince and saute till the colour changes. Add salt mix well cover and cook till the mince is done. Open and check if the mince is cooked and it is completely dry. Keep aside to cool. Add chopped coriander.

Let's Make the Dough

Sift the flour and salt together.

Take the flour, sugar, oil in a bowl and knead with milk (a little at a time) to make a soft and smooth dough. Let it rest covered for 30 minutes .

Let's Assemble the Murtabak
Divide dough into equal parts. Shape it into balls.

Divide the Mince into equal portions depending on the size of murtabak and dough balls.

Take a bowl beat an egg add a portion of filling, mix well.

Flatten each ball with a rolling pin into a medium thick roti. Add the egg filling in the middle of the flattened dough.

Fold the sides

Enclose the filling by wrapping completely.

Spread a little ghee in a frying pan place the murtabak and on medium flame fry one side till golden brown then

Turn it over and cook the other side. Keep frying and turning until both sides are crispy and golden.

Serve the Murtabak

with the pickle and tomato kethcup.... Enjoy!

Labels : Murtabak, Breads, Saudi Arabia, Continental Cuisine, Rotis, Chicken Mince, Mena Cooking Club

Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.


  1. Sneha, well written recipe.. loved the details in steps and photography!

  2. I like that you increased the level of spicing in your mutabbaq and made a pickle to go with them, great idea!

  3. wow yummy these look so good.