Easy to prepare and serve, Arayees sandwiches make a very good Iftar for the whole family.

Being finger foods, they are also popular with the lil ones :) just remember to not use chilies for the kids portion of it.

Use Mini pita instead of large ones, and you got yourself an impressively yummy platter for an Iftar party or an appetizer.



  • 500g minced lamb (you can use beef but lamb is better for this recipe, keeps it moist and not dry)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium capsicum, finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp red chilies in oil (Shatta) found in most supermarkets in the sauces & pickles section
  • for extra spicy 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp all spice (it tastes good even without it!)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 5 Pita breads or mini pita



Preheat oven to 400F.

Mix all the chopped vegetables, herbs & seasoning.

Add the minced lamb and mix till all ingredients until 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 all 5 Pita 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 toatser. The charred lines make it look even better.

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

 Pita Bread

Arayees are served with hummus – the famous dip of pureed chick peas, tahina, garlic and lemon – but we have for you a recipe which does not require tahini!