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Shish Barak (meat patties with yogurt)

Shish Barak is Small Lebanese meat patties, cooked and served in a yogurt sauce made with garlic & onion, served with rice. The unusual flavor comes from the combination of garlic and coriander.


  • 1 cup ground meat
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup samneh (or butter)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped kizbara (coriander)
The Dough:
  • Prepare a dough with 1 1/2 cups bread flour, half cup shortening, 1 tsp. salt and half cup cold water. Knead lightly and roll out a thin sheet on floured board.
Make the stuffing as follows:
  • Fry onions, pine nuts and meat lightly.
  • Season and mix well.
  1. Cut the dough into circles not larger than two inches in diameter.
  2. Put a teaspoon of stuffing on each and fold over. Press edges together firmly. Now bend the half circle so that both ends meet.
  3. Place on a tray and dry in a slow oven for 15 minutes. Heat one recipe of cooked laban (yogurt) and simmer the shish barak until the dough seems cooked. Crushed garlic, salt and kizbara should be fried separately and gently in a small amount of samneh to enhance their flavors. If fresh kizbara is not on the market, use the dried or substitute a few pounded seeds. Add to laban and simmer. Serve tepid with rice.
Shish Barak Recipe Video...


  1. i tried this recipi its all wrong it just did not WORK!!!!

  2. Hello sally,
    Make sure that you follow the preparation steps carefully for the DOUGH and COOKED LABAN this is the hardest part in this recipe... then everything will be fine. This is the traditional way people do it in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. Cooking needs some patience.

    Good Luck

  3. Fantastic recipe! Made this today and it was excellent. Shish Barak is my husband's favorite dish and I was finally brave enough to try making it. I love the fact that there is a video that goes along with the recipe to demonstrate some of the techniques. The only complaint I have is that the recipe says to season the meat well but doesn't say what to use. I used a Lebanese Seven Spice mix and it made the meat very tasty. Thanks for the recipe :)

    1. Wonderful... I think you are a good cook, because Shish Barak needs special attention. Shish barak is a delicious middle eastern dish and most people just love it, I think your husband is an excellent taster of food. Lebanese Seven Spice mix is the right choice for seasoning the ground meat, bravo


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