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Laham b’Ajeen — Miniature Tamarind Minced Meat Pies


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Laham b’Ajeen — Miniature Tamarind Minced Meat Pies

The main ingredient in the laham b’ajeen’s sauce is tamarind concentrate, or temerhindi (also called oot in Arabic), which came to Aleppo via India and Persia in the 7th century. Despite its travels, the entire Middle East uses pomegranate concentrate instead. “The exclusive use of tamarind is by the Aleppians.


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30 pies



    • 4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
    • ½ package dry yeast, dissolved in ¼ cup warm water
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (optional)
    • 1 cup warm water

    Meat Topping:

    • 2 pounds ground beef
    • 3 onions, finely chopped and wrung dry (1 ½ pounds)
    • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
    • Juice of 2 lemons (about 6 tablespoons)
    • 2 cups temerhindi (see Note above)
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 tablespoon kosher salt


    1. To make the dough: combine flour and salt. Add dissolved yeast and mix well. Add oil, if desired, and mix again.
    2. Gradually add warm water, kneading until a soft dough is formed. Cover with clean linen towel and let rest in warm place for 1 hour.
    3. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    4. To make topping: combine beef, onion, tomato paste, lemon juice, temerhindi, allspice, and salt. Mix well.
    5. Retrieve the dough and separate into four pieces. Roll each dough segment as thinly as possible.
    6. From the dough, cut into small rounds, about 3 to 4 inches in diameter.
    7. Place the rounds on baking trays that have been brushed generously with oil. Spread a heaping tablespoon of meat filling on each round, pressing firmly. Bake pies for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

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    About Poopa Dweck


    Poopa Dweck is the author of Aromas of Aleppo, and expert on Aleppian Jewish cookery and the creator of Deal Delights cookbooks. A highly active community leader, she frequently lectures and performs cooking demonstrations. She is also the founder of the Jesse Dweck City Learning Center and Daughters of Sarah and the cofounder of the Sephardic Women’s Organization. Dweck lives in Deal, New Jersey, with her husband, and has five children.




    3 Responses to Laham b’Ajeen — Miniature Tamarind Minced Meat Pies

    1. avatar says: arobimom

      Any idea where can we find kosher temerhindi?

      • If you live by any Jewish Syrian communities that is your best bet, in NY, I have found it at Pomegranate in Brooklyn and Aarons in Queens. You should also double check with your kosher authority if it really needs it.

    2. I could only find tamarind paste> Can I use it and how much do I need for the pies

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