Lunch in a pita


Recipe by Raedh Rbah

photography by Veronica Yudkevich

Raedh makes a quick and super easy version of ‘safaeh’/’sfiha’ (a Lebanese meat pie) with just a pita bread. It's such a brilliant, yummy, kids-friendly idea for a lunch or a picnic, which is especially useful for busy moms who sometimes need to whip up a meal in no time.

Sfiha for very busy moms


500-700 grams ground meat (here beef)

1 small white onion, grated

2-4 small tomatoes, grated (add them one at a time to avoid a watery mixture)

1 cup finely chopped parsley

⅓ – ½ cup olive oil

1 Tbsp cinnamon

salt, pepper to taste

small thin pitas (about 10)


Heat the oven to 180°C – 200°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix them thoroughly into a relatively dry mixture.

Cut the pitas into half-moons or slice them open into two circles. Fill each pita half with one-two tablespoons of the mixture spreading it into a thin layer.

Arrange the stuffed pitas on the baking tray, bake for 10-15 min until pitas look crisp and golden.

Serve with a salad on the side.