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Martabak – Pancakes with Curried Meat Filling Recipe

Martabak - Pancakes with Curried Meat Filling Recipe

Martabak – Pancakes with Curried Meat Filling Recipe

This Indian Muslim speciality, a night-time favorite, is often bought as a snack or light meal from food stalls.

Ingredients :

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 oz (350 g) ground lamb or beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 small leek, halved lengthwise and very thinly sliced
  • 1 red finger-length chili, deseeded and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons minced celery leaves
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • Green chilies, deseeded, to serve (optional)
  • 1 portion Mixed Vegetable Pickles, to serve


  • 2 cups (300 g) flour
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3/4 cup (185 ml) water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Method :

  1. Prepare the Mixed Vegetable Pickles by following the recipe.
  2. Make the Dough by combining and kneading all the ingredients to form an oily, elastic dough. Cover and set aside at room temperature for 2 hours, then quarter the Dough and roll each piece into a ball. Lightly oil a rolling pin and roll out the Dough on an oiled smooth surface to make a large thin circle. Repeat with the rest of the Dough and set aside.
  3. To prepare the filling, heat the oil in a wok or skillet over high heat and stirfry the garlic for a few seconds until fragrant and golden brown. Add the ground meat and stir-fry until it changes color, about 2 minutes. Add the onion, leek, chili and celery leaves, and stir-fry for 2 more minutes. Add the curry powder and stir-fry until well blended, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Divide the cooked filling into 4 equal portions. Add 1 egg, a little spring onion, salt and pepper to each portion and mix well.
  4. Heat a heavy griddle or skillet over medium heat until hot. Place 1 portion of the filling onto the center of each Dough, then fold over the sides of the Dough to completely enclose the filling and form a package. Place the package on the hot griddle or skillet and pan-fry until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes, then flip it over and fry the other side until browned. Repeat with the rest of the Dough and filling.
  5. Serve hot with fresh green chilies (if using) and a bowl of the Mixed Vegetable Pickles on the side. For a more elaborate presentation, garnish with spring onions, chilies and celery leaves.

Makes 4 Martabak
Preparation time : 30 mins + time to prepare the pickles
Cooking time : 25 mins


Source :
The Food of Indonesia
Delicious Recipes from Bali, Java and the Spice Islands
by Heinz von Holzen & Lother Arsana
photos by Heinz von Holzen


See also Indonesian Recipe “Rujak – Fruit and Vegetable Salad with Sweet Tamarind Dressing Recipe”