Sfiha (Arabic: صفيحة sfīḥah) or sfeeha, is a dish consisting of flatbread cooked with a minced meat topping, often lamb flavored with onion, tomato, pine nuts, and spices. It is traditionally found in the countries of the Levant, and is closely related to manakish and lahm bi 'ajin.
|Alternative names||lahem bi ajin|
|Place of origin||Levant|
|Region or state||Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Syria and Brazil|
|Main ingredients||Ground mutton|
Flatbreads have been present in the Levant and fertile crescent since prehistoric times. They have been cooked on hot surfaces such as stones, a metal sajj plate, taboon, or tandoor. In the medieval Arab world, with the development of the brick oven or furn, a wide variety of flatbreads baked together with stuffings or toppings emerged, including sfiha, and spread across the Ottoman Empire.
In Brazil, esfiha gained popularity in the late 20th century, and since has become one of the most popular fast foods.
Every family has their own preference on what to add in addition to the meat. In Lebanon, the main ingredients are: meat, onions, tomatoes, pine nuts, salt, pepper, and flavorings such as cinnamon, sumac, or pomegranate molasses. The region of Baalbek is especially known for its sfiha. In Syria, Palestine, and Jordan, sfiha is similarly made with minced meat or lamb, in addition to herbs and spices, with tomatoes, onions, and other ingredients.
Esfihas in Brazil are oven baked and may be open-faced flatbreads about 4 inches in diameter with meat topping, or folded into a triangular pastry like fatayer. They may have various toppings, including cheese, curd, lamb, beef or vegetables.
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