Syrian Food in 60 Seconds

It’s Sunday night and you’re scrambling to put together dinner for your family, whose stomachs you can hear grumbling over the interminable laugh track of whatever show they’re all watching on the couch — without you.

You select your most recently saved Pin, which has a painstakingly-long introduction to a recipe where a mommy blogger shares 1000+ words about her emotional labor of love. Just give us the damn recipe, Karen.

You scroll maddeningly through just to see the ingredients — none of which you even have in your pantry.

This isn’t that kind of blog.

Instead, I’ll give you everything up-front: Here’s a sped-up video of my mom and me making Fatyr: a Syrian dish made of dough stuffed with basically anything you want. Traditional stuffings are typically meat and veggies (shown below), spinach and onions, or an egg, cheese and herb mixture.

Welcome to our kitchen! Here's a quick recipe for making Fatyr, a traditional Syrian dish made of dough stuffed with meat, spices and vegetables. Bon appetít! Music: Purple Planet

Recipe: How to Make Fatyr

Total Time: 45 minutes

Makes 8-10 servings (depends on how hungry you are :)


  • 1/2 lb ground beef

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 small yellow onion, diced

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 1 tbsp Syrian spice

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 12 oz diced tomatoes

  • 8 oz tomato sauce

  • 1/3 cup roasted pine nuts

  • 2 cans biscuit dough, any brand.

  • flour, for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Brown the lean ground beef in a pan over medium heat.

  3. In a separate pan, heat olive oil over medium heat, add onions and turmeric. Stir occasionally until onions are soft.

  4. Add ground beef, Syrian spice and cinnamon. Mix completely over medium heat.

  5. Add diced tomatoes and continue to stir.

  6. Add tomato sauce and pine nuts. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly, about 2-3 minutes over medium heat, then remove from stove heat.

  7. Open biscuit cans and separate dough (make your own dough, using this recipe. Pizza dough is not a good substitute). Coat the dough with flour on both sides. Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough into a circle until it’s about the size of your hand, outstretched.

  8. Spread out each circle of dough on a flat surface, and fill with two table spoons of meat mixture.

  9. Fold the dough long-ways, and secure the ends by pinching the excess dough together at the top (see video for reference).

  10. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden on top.

  11. Let cool, and enjoy!

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