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Sfiha (Arabic: صفيحةsfīḥah), is a pie-like dish originating from the Levant. It was introduced in Brazil and Argentina by Levantine immigrants, where it is known as esfiha or esfirra.[1][2]

TypeSavoury pie
Place of originLevant
Region or stateIraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, and Syria
Main ingredientsground mutton

In contrast to the modern use of lamb or beef, traditional sfiha are open-faced meat pies made with ground mutton.

In Brazil, sfihas are popular street food because they are cheap and fast. Sfihas are oven baked and come in two shapes: folded into a triangular pastry like fatayer, and open-faced (4 inches round flat bread); with various toppings, including cheese, curd, lamb, beef or vegetables.[3]

Main IngredientsEdit

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 (variations like pomegranate molasses or chili are added depending on the taste). The city of Baalbeck in Lebanon has its own famous version of Sfiha known as “Sfiha Baalbakiyye” (Arabic: صفيحة بعلبكية). It can be found throughout the city and is served with Sour Yogurt.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Dicionário e Gramática
  2. ^ Karam, John Tofik. Another Arabesque: Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil, Temple University Press (January 28, 2007), pag. 128
  3. ^ Yara Roberts, Richard Roberts, (2009), The Brazilian Table, Gibbs Smith, pag. 186