How to make Hawawshi - Egyptian food

How to make Hawawshi – Egyptian food

Hawawshi is famous Egyptian street food in Alexandria and Cairo. Most people in these cities call Hawawshi “Baladi.” It is delicious food with dough or pita and stuffed with seasoned ground beef. It also contains onions, garlic, spices, herbs, and peppers. Let us now discuss how you can make Hawawshi. Read on!


  • One large yellow onion
  • Two cloves of garlic
  • One green pepper
  • One jalapeno
  • A half ounce of fresh parsley
  • Two pounds of lean ground beef
  • Three tablespoons of tomato paste
  • Kosher salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Six loaves of pita bread
  • One teaspoon of coriander
  • One teaspoon of allspice
  • One teaspoon of paprika
  • One teaspoon of black pepper
  • A half teaspoon of cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon of cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon


  1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Add spices to a small bowl and mix well
  3. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, parsley, and jalapeno to the food processor
  4. Pulse for a few minutes until the processor finely chops the ingredients
  5. Transfer the mixture to a sieve and drain excess liquid
  6. Transfer the onion mixture to a large-sized mixing bowl
  7. Now add the ground beef and tomato paste
  8. Mix these ingredients to combine
  9. Add the spice fixture and some kosher salt
  10. Remix the ingredients and distribute them appropriately within the meat
  11. Cut the loaves and create twelve pita pockets
  12. Use olive oil to brush a large sheet
  13. Stuff each pocket with 1/3 cup of meat
  14. Arrange all pita pockets in the sheet pan
  15. Brush the pocket tops with extra virgin olive oil
  16. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes
  17. Turn the pitas over and cook the other side for 10 minutes
  18. Enjoy the delicious Hawawshi