Big flat kubba

Kubbat Mosul

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Preparation info

  • Makes

    3

    kubbas, 9 in 23 cm in diameter
    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

Delights from the Garden of Eden

Delights from the Garden of Eden

By Nawal Nasrallah

Published 2019

  • About

This is a practical method for making the flat variety using utensils readily available in every kitchen. If you find that the suggested size of the disc is too big to handle successfully, by all means make them smaller, say, 6in/15cm across. You also have the option of shaping them into half-circles by putting the filling on one half of the disc, folding the other half on top of the filling, and pressing the edge to prevent the filling from coming out while cooking.

Some cooks use the general cooked kubba filling, but I strongly recommend the uncooked version, given below, for the big flat discs. The reason is that, when the meat filling cooks inside the disc, it forms a binding layer that helps the disc stay intact while cooking and even when being cut into wedges to serve.

Another hurdle that even experienced cooks might face when the appropriate utensils are not available is how to boil these large thin discs and yet keep them intact in one piece. They are very fragile. After many experimentations, it suddenly occurred to me that the large splatter screen (11in/28cm), which has been sitting in my kitchen idle for years, could at last be put to some use when boiling kubbat Mosul. I bent up the handle, put the flattened kubba on it, and slowly lowered it into the boiling water. When the kubba was done, I lifted the splatter screen with the kubba on it and transferred it to a tray. It was that easy!

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