Potato And Cheese Pastry (Afarar)

Afarar [a’fa:rar] — thin savoury pastry filled with fresh herbs / potato / butternut squash / cheese — is a traditional Lezgian food dish. 

Potato And Cheese Pastry (Afarar)
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
  1. 300 g plain flour
  2. 1/2 tsp salt
  3. 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  4. 230-240 ml lukewarm water
For Filling
  1. 2 large potatoes
  2. 150 g feta cheese
  3. 1 handful fresh dill
  4. 1 handful fresh coriander
  5. generous pinch of black pepper
  6. 100-150 g butter
  1. To make a dough, combine flour and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Add oil. Gradually stir in the water.
  3. Knead for 7-10 minutes. The dough should be elastic and non-sticky. Cover with a cling film and leave to rest for 30-40 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Peel the potatoes and cut into small chunks.
  5. Place in a saucepan, cover with water and cook until done.
  6. Drain. Mash potatoes and set aside to cool down.
  7. Stir in crumbled feta and fresh herbs.
  8. Season with a black ground pepper. No need to add salt as feta is quite salty.
  9. Divide the dough into 14 pieces. Take one piece (keep the other under a cling film) and roll into very thin round shaped sheet.
  10. Use a plate or a lid to make a perfect circle. Cut the edges.
  11. Take another piece of dough and roll the same size sheet.
  12. Place the filling on one pastry sheet, cover with another. Seal the edges.
  13. Dry-fry the pastry on a hot pan. Each side for ~3-4 minutes.
  14. Put on a plate and generously grease with a butter.
  15. Keep covered with a parchment paper and kitchen towel while frying the remaining.
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