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“Al-Motubugis a stuffed pastry. It is one of the special Saudi Arabian dishes. Sounds really good! Posted for ZWT6! Recipe from "Saudi Arabia Magazine" (an official publication of the Information Office of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia), Summer 1997 Cook time and prep time are my best guess!”
1hr 25mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift flour, add the water and salt a little at a time, mixing dough until it becomes soft but pliable.
  2. Divide the dough into ten pieces, knead each piece well. Place on a tray sprinkled with a little water and let rise for at least one hour.
  3. Put ground beef in a saucepan with chopped onion, black pepper and salt. Stir over medium heat until cooked. Set aside until cool.
  4. Chop leeks and wash several times through a strainer; drain and put on a paper towel until excess water is absorbed. Add to ground beef.
  5. Beat the eggs in with the corn oil, set aside.
  6. Take a piece of dough and cover in flour, roll out, place over back of hands and stretch until dough becomes quite thin.
  7. Place dough on worktop and trim uneven edges. Brush two tablespoons of egg and oil mixture over dough surface. Fold to form smaller squares.
  8. Place in frying pan or griddle over medium heat with one tablespoon of oil and fry on both sides until golden brown.
  9. Repeat above method using five of the remaining pieces.
  10. With piece number six repeat as above to the folding stage.
  11. Place one fried pastry square in the center of the unfolded piece, cover generously with ground beef and three tablespoons of beaten egg. Fold into a square.
  12. Remember to sprinkle oil and egg mixture between layers. Fry in 3 tablespoons of oil over medium heat until both sides are golden brown.
  13. Repeat using remaining four pieces of dough. Serve hot. .

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