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Jul 202009

Growing up in Brazil, we were so exposed to Middle Eastern food and Esfiha was something that you could literally find in almost every corner.


¾ cup of water
2 cups bread flour
1½ tablespoon sugar
1½ tablespoon dry milk
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon yeast


1 lb of lean ground beef
2 large tomato cut in small pieces
1 large onion chopped
½ bunch Italian parsley
2 tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon ground all spice
Sal and pepper to taste





I use my mini bakery Zojirushi for the dough, or follow the instructions of your bread machine.In my bread machine.

Place the water first at the bottom of the bucket and add the dry ingredients. Choose the dough setting, when the cycle is complete, gently remove the dough from the bucket and knead until all the bubbles are removed.

Mix all the ingredients and let it set for a few minute.



Knead the dough to remove the air bubbles, after removing the air bubbles from the dough make a roll and cut into 12 equal pieces.

Open the dough (approximately 4 in diameter), place approximately 3 tablespoon of the meat filling in the middle of the dough and close it by making a triangle (see the pictures).

Place the esfihas in a flour surface and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Bake in a hot oven, 400F for 20 minutes.


Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that esfiha is also called sfiha in Arabic? It means meat with dough. In Brazil, esfiha is very popular due to the presence of a large Arab population.

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  61 Responses to “Esfihas”

  1. This is something completely new to me.. Thanks for sharing. It is shaped almost like the Indian Samosas, which are filled with mostly spiced potatoes, but now people do a lot of things with the filling.

  2. Oh, these look so good. Baking them is much better than fried…though we love all things fried. 🙂 This is a keeper.

  3. This dish is definite a crowd pleaser:)Looks soo Delicious

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  4. Oh man! These look amazing! Very lovely presentation!

  5. These look so good! Golden brown and filled with deliciousness!

  6. These so yummy! I can’t wait to get in my kitchen to try these.

  7. Yum! Those look amazing =D. I love the triangle shapes!

  8. I am loving middle eastern food these days…and was on a kick myself. These look like a terrific addtion. Thanks.

  9. i don’t think i’ve seen things like that, but they look fantastic!! fabulous filling 🙂

  10. Holy cow, those look fancy!! I’ve never heard of that dish before.

    That looks so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  11. Oh, these do look so tasty! I would love to taste one, or two, or three. 😀

    I loved reading the Did You Know at the end of your post! I love learning new things!

  12. Those look very scrumptious! A wonderful speciality!



  13. I love stuffed breads of all kinds, whether it be Char Siu Bao, to parathas and now ESFIHAS!. The pyramid like shape is beautiful, and just adds to it’s delicious allure 🙂

  14. I’ve never heard of these! They would be perfect for a party (a total hit!)

  15. The chinese buns looks similar but its round…, this triangular gems are new to me.

  16. How totally fascinating. I have been to Brazil several times but have never heard of this. I am very interested in Arabic cooking but don’t know a whole lot about it. Thanks for sharing this.


  17. Oh, those are so fun! Those would be wonderful to serve at a get-together. Thanks for sharing, I hadn’t heard of them.

  18. Oh wow…that’s an delectably yum recipe….looks drool worthy…love your pictorial……

  19. I’ve never heard of these, but they intrigue me no end. It’s a beautiful post.WOW!!

  20. Thank you for the dessert idea 🙂 I was actually thinking about trying carrot cake cookies! So yummy! I’m up in the air- I got so many great ideas! Thank you again 😉 Hope your day is treating you well!

  21. Very nice recipe. Love your photos. This type of food is always popular — at parties, at home, any where.

  22. I’ve never heard of this before, but now I won’t be able to get it off my mind!

  23. This is really wonderful and the first I’ve heard of this stuffed dough. I also very happy that you use a bread machine! I’m not at all adept (actually, I’m really just impatient) with bread baking – all that kneading and waiting for dough to rise. 😎

    I’m going to save this recipe right now and hope to make it soon!

  24. I love these – I had a Lebanese neighbour who used to make something very similar and it was divine.

  25. I’ve never seen anything like this before. It looks amazingly delicious! yum!

  26. They’re beautiful!
    Using the bread machine is a great trick… we got one for our wedding and I’ve never actually used it to BAKE bread. But, I use it all the time to make dough — for cinnamon rolls, pizza, etc. Great tool.

    Have you ever tried these with other types of filling? Veggies, maybe?

  27. no doubt about it–i’m partial to foods wrapped up in little packages. this is especially true when the insides are so tasty!

  28. MMMMMMMMMMM,…they look so excellent!

    What georgous pictures too!!!

  29. I’ve never heard of these before, but they look really good. I love all the ingredients, so I’m sure I would love them!

  30. I love these Juliana, look lovely and tasty! so nice! xGloria

  31. Wow Juliana, this looks so yummy. 🙂

  32. Your blog is lovely. And this dish looks great. I made some stuffed green tomatoes yesterday and still have lots of stuffing left (made from shredded cooked pork and green tomato innards, chopped, along with other stuff). I’ll bet I could use your dough recipe here and stuff it with my leftovers. Thanks for the great inspiration 🙂

  33. I’ve never heard of these. They look wonderful and delicious.

  34. Yum, these look delicious – perfect little pockets full of goodness 🙂

  35. I’ve never heard of these, but they look so cute- like little pyramids! Wonderful.

  36. These look really amazing, I’ve got to try this recipe!

  37. I’ve never seen anything like this before – looks wonderful!!

  38. Those look delicious! And I love the way you’ve shaped them into little triangles. Great recipe!

  39. Those look so great! Lovely filling!

  40. Definitely a fan of everything fried however sometimes a good baked dish is perfect. Especially when it is summer and trying to keep the beach bod rocking. Nicely done and love this idea!

  41. these look amazing!! yum!

  42. WOW! it looks really delicious!

  43. I love these baked, awesome as an appetizer or snack!

  44. These look wonderful – a great snack or light meal!

  45. I love the triangle shape of these buns and the filling sounds simple but yummy. Will try making these.

  46. Gorgeous!
    Love your blog style, as always.

  47. These look so delicious! I love the way they’re shaped.

  48. They really looks yummy and something new to me! Love to have a try!

  49. This is stuffed with wonderful goodies. I am loving this.

  50. What a great dish, it looks and sounds delicious! It’s a new one for me and I can’t wait to try it. I like the fact that it’s baked and not fried too, a plus!

  51. I rarely comment on blogs but yours I had to stop and say Great Blog!! – cool!!!!

  52. I have read some of your blogs, and must say I love your food! These are also now on my list to try. I love anything fried, well I should not admit that, but its true 🙂

  53. I do love esfiha!! It’s a perfect snack for anytime!

  54. Mmm looks and sounds like a delicious meal. I’m dying to try Brazillian food.

  55. oh what a steak! and thos ESFIHAS look delicious 🙂

  56. What adorable savory pastries! I’d love to try making these with black beans instead of beef… They sound like such a treat. 🙂

  57. Mmm, I think I would definitely enjoy these. I’m bookmarking this one to try in the future. Thanks!

  58. It is so funny that everytime i read about sfihas they mentioned something about sfihas in Brazil. lol I am Brazilian and when i go to Rio it’s common for us to go eat sfihas at a Habib’s restaurant when my mom is not in the mood to cook, which is very seldom. There are more than 20 Habib’s spread all over Rio only. My boyfriend here in the US is from Syria and he is puzzled of how much knowledge Brazilians have of middle eastern cuisine and culture. It’s all so good. Love sfihassss!!!!

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  60. Hey another Brazilian here =)

    I loved the recipe that you put here!!!! I learned to make those in Brazil,
    but this recipe here It’s waaay light.. I love it =)


  61. I’ve bookmarked this to try (hopefully soon).