Wednesday, 29 June 2016


Martabak / Murtabak or Mutabbaq is a popular street food from Saudi Arabia, Yemen and many Middle East countries and are also popular in Singapore and Thailand.

It is like a pancake filled with a mince meat filling and eggs, folded, rolled in egg and shallow fried. Here I have made a vegetables filling instead of meat and used eggs too.



Spring roll sheets
15 nos
1 tbsp + For shallow frying
Ginger garlic green chilli coarse paste
1 tbsp
Spring onions bulbs chopped and greens shredded
4 – 5 nos
Onion chopped
1 no large
Cabbage shredded
2 ½ - 3 cups
French beans / green beans thinly sliced
15 – 20 nos
Carrots finely chopped
1 cup
Capsicum finely chopped
1 cup
Pepper pdr
Red chilli pdr
½ tbsp.
Cumin pdr
½ tsp
Coriander pdr
½ - ¾ tsp
Lemon juice
2 – 3 tsp
Tomato chopped
1 no
3 + 2 nos

Ginger garlic minced
1 tsp
Tamarind pulp thick
3 – 4 tbsp
2 – 3 tbsp
Red chilli flakes
1 tsp
Soya sauce
1 tsp
Pepper pdr
½ cup


1.       Heat oil, add in ginger garlic green chilli paste.

2.       Stir fry the paste for a few seconds.

3.       Then add in the onion and spring onion bulbs.

4.       Stir fry for a min till the onions are just soft but they do not change colour.

5.       Bow add in the beans and stir fry them for a min.

6.       Then add in the carrots and stir fry for a min.

7.       Then add in the cabbage and capsicum.

8.       Again stir fry till all the veggies are half cooked.

9.       Now add in salt, pepper, cumin pdr, coriander pdr, chilli pdr and lemon juice and mix all well.

10.   Switch off the flame, add in 1 chopped tomato and allow the entire vegetable mix to cool completely.

11.   To the spring onion greens add in 3 beaten eggs and mix together.

12.   Pour this egg mix into the cooled vegetables.

13.   Separately beat 2 eggs and reserve.

14.   Spread a spring roll sheet on your work surface.

15.   Spoon 1 – 2 tbsp of the vegetables filling on the centre of the sheet.

16.   Try and shape the veggies in the centre into an approximate square shape.

17.   Fold over 2 opposite sides of spring roll sheet to overlap each other.

18.   Repeat the same with the other 2 sides to create a square packet. This is your martabak.

19.   Heat a heavy bottomed pan and drizzle 1 tbsp of oil.

20.   Dip the folded martabak packet into the beaten egg. Roll the other side too.

21.   Gently slide the martabak in the pan.

22.   Shallow fry on both sides till golden brown in colour.

23.   Remove and serve hot with Tamarind sauce.


24.   Heat ½ cup water.

25.   To it add the tamarind pulp, jaggery, salt, pepper pdr, minced ginger and garlic, red chilli flakes, and soya sauce.

26.   Boil and simmer till it reduces and gets a little saucy.

27.   Remove and cool.

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