Pitta Stuffed with Meat (Arayes)

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Arayes is a popular market food from the Levant region. A pitta bread sandwich stuffed with minced lamb tomato, onion and spices.

The word Arous (singular of Arayes) was commonly used in the region to refer to all kind of sandwiches.





  • 500 grams minced lamb
  • 500 grams tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses (optional)
  • 7 to 8 thick loaves pitta bread





Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix all the chopped vegetables, herbs & seasoning.

Add the minced lamb and mix till all ingredients are well blended.

Separate bread layers, brush insides & out with seasoned olive oil.

Place meat mix inside and spread on all of the bread.

Top with another bread layer.

Fill Pitta bread the same way.

Place on a baking sheet, and bake till browned and the meat is cooked through.

Can be grilled with an electric grill as well or even on a toaster. The charred lines make it look even better.


Serve hot (whole or cut into triangles) with hummus or yoghurt.


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