hawawshi recipe

Hawawshi Recipe – Authentic Egyptian Food Recipes

  • Author: Lilian B.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 1x


Hawawshi is one of my favorite authentic Egyptian food recipes. It’s very easy to make and delicious. You can easily freeze these sandwiches.



  • 1 lb ground beef meat 
  • 1 lb ground lamb meat
  • 10 Egyptian Baladi bread medium-size or regular pita bread**
  • 3 small onion or 2 medium onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 2 bell pepper
  • 1 spicy pepper
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • juice from a whole large lemon
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1tbsp ground coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oven to 400F.
  2. Peel and chop onions into very small pieces. Chop tomato, bell pepper, and spicy pepper into very small pieces.
  3. Remove leaves from mint and parsley. Chop mint and parsley into very fine chopped pieces. 
  4. Smash garlic cloves with salt.
  5. Add onions, smashed garlic, tomato, bell pepper, fresh mint, fresh parsley, spicy pepper, cumin, coriander, salt, and black pepper to a large bowl. Add lemon juice and tomato paste.
  6. Add ground meat to the bowl with the chopped veggies. Mix all of the ingredients together with your hands.
  7. Cut Baladi bread into two halves.
  8. Stuff meat mixture into the Baladi bread. Do not add too much meat. Just enough for a thin layer inside. The amount will vary depending on the size of the bread.
  9. On a cookie sheet, add a layer of parchment paper.
  10. Place bread pieces onto the cookie sheet pan with the thicker side of the bread facing down. Baladi bread has a thin side and a thick side, the thin side should face upwards.
  11. Wet hands and rub the outside of the bread.
  12. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes. Remove when the top is golden brown.
  13. If the bread is cooking too quickly, remove and pat the top of the bread with water and reduce the heat in the oven to 375F.
  14. Don’t flip the bread over. 


  • Egyptian Baladi bread is a thicker bread. If you can’t find a thicker pita bread, then use regular pita bread and cook at 375F instead of 400F.
  • If using lower fat meat, you can rub some olive oil or avocado oil on the outside of the bread.
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Egyptian


  • Serving Size: 2 pita sandwiches
  • Calories: 601
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 261 mg
  • Fat: 26 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 16 g
  • Trans Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 64 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 27 g
  • Cholesterol: 67 mg

Keywords: Hawawshi Hawashy Egyptian meat pie