Martabak Mini - Pan-fried Stuffed Flatbread

Martabak is another famous all-time dishes in Indonesia. 

I'm not pretty sure how to translate martabak in English. Perhaps it doesn't have the exact word for that but what I can think of is the flatbread. It might not be the same but as you will see this food later, tell me what you think is the best name for it :).

Back home in Indonesia, many love the sweet martabak, like tick pancake with chocolate, crushed nuts, and cheese fillings. Almost in many big corners in the streets of Jakarta, we have this special food cart selling sweet martabak.

But my family loves the savory one.
It is surely different from the sweet version but it tastes heavenly. Some say that this typical food is originated from the Middle East, but get some adjustments when arrived in Asia, particularly in Indonesia.

I have to say we have many types of savory martabaks as well. The difference is on the fillings and the sauce. One might have either meat, mutton, or chicken fillings, mixed with eggs and boiled potatoes.We can eat it with a special sauce, made of palm sugar, tamarind, garlic, and chili, or rather a runny curry sauce or even just with pickled cucumbers and shallots.

my simple version of martabak :)

What I am about to share with you is the super simple one. Something that we can swiftly manage to cook at home but still have the exquisite taste of the famous martabak. I don't make the pastry myself as I use the ready-made spring rolls pastry. It's yummy and safe so much time :).

Are you ready?

Let's start with the ingredients:

Minced chicken - 250 gr. Feel free to substitute it with beef, mutton or no meat at all.
Spring roll pastry - easily found in oriental or asian market.
Soy sauce - 1 teaspoon
Worcestershire sauce - 1 teaspoon
Sesame oil - if desired, 1 teaspon
Salt - as needed
Pepper - as needed
Nutmeg  - as needed
Sugar - as needed
Eggs - 4
Potatoes - 2 big ones
Shalots - thinly sliced
Onions - finely chopped
Spring onions - thinly sliced

How to cook:

First,  we boil the potatoes until they are soft enough. Peel the skin and cut them into small cubes.

Then for the filling, mix the minced chicken with soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, nutmeg powder and sugar as you like it. If desired, you can also add sesame oil. Then whisk the eggs, add the cube boiled potatoes and mix them all with the spiced mince chicken until the mixture is well mixed and thick/sticky.

Get your skillet cooking pan ready.
Now, to cook it, you can either pan fry it or deep fry it. I usually do the pan fried version because it's less oily. 

So take a spoonful of the filling into the pastry and fold it into a nice square. Put it on the skillet, which has been preheated with oil or butter. Cook it until it's golden brown. I usually use low heat and turn it over several time until it is well cooked. Sometimes, to get a crispier pastry, I put the pastry on the skillet first, let it cook for 2-3 seconds, then put a spoonful of filling and quickly fold it into square with the help of spatula. Cook it until it's golden brown.

You can it it with chili sauce or fresh chili.
Or if you do have some extra time, you can also prepare acar or cucumber, carrots and shallot pickles using apple vinegar, salt and sugar. Acar will be the perfect garnish for this martabak.

Hope you enjoy this simple recipe.
Cocok banget lho buat menu berbuka puasa karena buatnya mudah dan cepat. Buat kami yang tidak punya kemewahan jajan di warung atau makanan bukaan kaki lama yang banyak bermunculan di tanah air (duuuh rindunya :)...), maka resep sederhana ini bisa jadi obat kangen untuk jajanan enak di Indonesia.

Happy Ramadhan to those who observe it and happy cooking to you all .


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  1. looks like filo pastry. Here at Balkans we're famous for 'burek' filo pastry cheese pie, it is extremely popular

  2. ini cocok banget buat camilan pas habis taraweh gini^^

  3. I can tell just by looking I would love this!

  4. I'm not sure what I would call it, but I think I agree with Dezzy. We'd probably call it a filo pastry or something similar.

  5. Martabak with potatos, reminds me about Martabak Har in Palembang.But, little bit different because martabak har eat with curry sauce. My husband like it so much.
    I have got idea for breakfasting takjil.Thank for sharing Mak.

  6. I bet it tastes so good. Thanks for sharing. You always have such good food recipes on here.

  7. Mb indah ijin contek adonannya hihihi

  8. martabak yang begini yang saya sukaaaa banget ^_^ *dan berhubung masih bisa beli, saya beli aja - bukan ngeledekin biar kangen loh mbaaak*

  9. udah lama banget dah nggak bikin martabak ini.. dulu masih gadis kerjaannya bikin terus.. hihihihihi.. jadi pingin bikin lagi deh.. terimakasih ats sharing nya ya

  10. Sedaaap nih Mama Bo.
    Sudah lama aku nggak bikin martabak mini, seringnya malah beli jadi aja, tinggal hap hap hehehe

  11. THese look really good, I love food that has a crispy texture.
    Thanks Indah for being a hostess on #OMHGWW each week!
    Hope you enjoy your week!

  12. This looks yummy! I love all the pictures you shared on how to make this. So glad to be co-hosting with you on #OMHGWW! Hope you have a wonderful week :)

  13. That looks really good! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!


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