Grilled Lamb Pitas (Arayes)

Scrumptious, savoury grilled lamb pitas filled with minced lamb, spices, tomato, and onion are perfect for a quick weeknight meal.
10 minutes
15 minutes
20 minutes

About this recipe

Grilled lamb pitas are the street food of the Middle East. Scrumptious yet simple, these savoury flatbread filled with minced lamb, spices, tomato, and onion are perfect for a quick weeknight meal that everyone will love. It’s as simple as combine-spread-cook.

It doesn’t matter how you decide to cook these lamb pitas — you can either toast them or bake them in the oven. Just remember they need to be crispy, juicy, and hot. We almost always barbecue them and enjoy them with yogurt and cucumber salad and olives, of course.

As much as I love my fresh herbs, this recipe doesn’t call for any. My mother-in-law insists fresh herbs would overpower the flavour, and I agree.



Main Ingredients

  • 6-8 flatbread (pocket size)
  • softened butter for spreading


  • 500 grams lamb mince
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon sumac
  • 1 tablespoon bharat/7 spice
  • 4 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • salt to season

Notes from Rouba

  • You can find Bharat or 7-spice blend at Middle Eastern grocery stores and various supermarkets. Otherwise, you can substitute with Allspice.
  • You could easily toast the lamb pitas in a press down toaster or cook them on the barbecue.


Step 1.

Preheat the fan-forced oven to 180°.

Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Strain in a sieve for 20 minutes allowing the excess liquid to drain through and for the flavours to infuse.

Step 2.

Open the pita in half and spread lightly with butter on both sides. Fill with about 5-6 Tbs of the mince mixture, making sure to flatten it out so that the filling is evenly spread in and around the pita. Do not overfill as the mixture could remain raw in the centre.

Step 3.

Brush both sides of the pita with butter or olive oil and arrange on a tray lined with a baking sheet (be generous with the oil/butter when brushing). Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 10-15 minutes or until golden crispy on both sides and the inside is cooked through.

Alternatively, you can cook these delicious pitas in a griddle pan. Here I’m using my griddle stove.

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  1. At first I was a bit hesitant to try this because of the meat cooking time. But once cooked on a steady low heat, this turns out beautiful. A staple in my household!

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