Yalla Eat! Chef Series: Sukaina Al Shami presents Yemeni Mutabag

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5:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020
Sukaina Al Shami (Kikit with Kiki) presents Yemeni Mutabag (Stuffed Flatbread)


For the dough:
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon instant yeast
1 egg
1/3 cup warm milk
1/3 cup warm water (added gradually)

For savory filling:
2 tomatoes
3 green onions/scallions
1 cup chives
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
2 eggs
Olive oil
Butter/ghee (to sprinkle)

For sweet filling:
Fruit spread (I use fig)
Goat cheese

Sukaina Al Shami was born in Sana’a, Yemen and grew up in Yemen, throughout the Sham region in the Middle East, and in Virginia in the U.S., where she currently lives. She has always gravitated towards the art of food; cooking, baking, recreating traditional recipes, or creating new ones, and more importantly, the experiences and memories meals bless us with. With her platform, she wishes to spread Yemeni culture by sharing traditional recipes, bringing the Yemeni cuisine experience right to people’s kitchens. She follows a “guilt free” lifestyle balanced between a healthy and nutritious diet while still enjoying “guilty” foods when reasonably craved, and staying active! She likes to recreate traditional Yemeni recipes to make them “guilt free”, along with many other favorite recipes from all over the world. The youngest of 7 children, she holds a degree in economics and works with a government consulting firm as an analyst, and is happily married.


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  • October 13, 2020 5:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • 5:30 pm