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recipe for Shish Barak

Shish Barak Lebanese Dumplings

  • Author: Mariam
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 6 1x


Shish barak is Lebanese dumplings with mint yogurt. This recipe is tayta's recipe for how to make shish barak from scratch.



Dumpling Dough: 

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 500 grams ground beef
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon all-spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pinenuts (optional)

Yogurt-mint sauce:

  • 4 cups yogurt
  • 2 cups water mixed with 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon short grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon dried mint


How to make the dough:

  1. Mix the flour with the salt, sugar, and yeast
  2. Add the egg and vegetable oil. Combine everything together
  3. Gradually start adding water until the dough becomes non-sticky and quite soft
  4. Roll into a ball, set in the center of a glass bowl. Cover the dough with cling film and a kitchen towel.
  5. Let it rest for at least one hour.

Get the meat-filling ready:

  1. Heat up the butter and pop the onion in to get it all fragrant and cooked up
  2. Add the ground meat and spices and cook until the meat is browned
  3. Sprinkle with the pine nuts if using and then set the filling aside

Now on to the dumplings:

  1. Knead the dough and roll it out into a thin layer
  2. Use a cookie cutter to make circle cuts in the dough
  3. Fill each circle with a teaspoon of the meat filling (make sure not to over-fill them)
  4. Use your fingers to close up the dough and form a sort of a half moon shape. After that, fold both sides of the shape around your index finger and pinch it together. (The final shape looks a little bit like tortellini).
  5. Heat up a tablespoon of butter in a saute pan and half-cook the dumplings. Following that, set them aside.

Let's put everything together:

  1. Strain the yogurt in the pot you're going to use during the cooking process
  2. Then add in the water and cornstarch mixture and whisk everything really well
  3. Turn on the heat and bring to a boil while stirring constantly
  4. Keep stirring and then turn the heat to low
  5. Add in the dumplings + dried mint and bring everything to a boil
  6. Let the shish barak stew cook together for a few minutes before turning off the heat


  1. It's better to serve this dish after it cools down and not while it's still sizzling hot.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Lebanese


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 436 calories
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 61 mg
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 14 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 24 g
  • Cholesterol: 82 mg

Keywords: Lebanese Shish barak, lebanese dumplings with yogurt, shish barak

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