You may recall from my previous post about my “shared experience” where I went to the Djerba Traditional Heritage Museum and to the Souk (market) to learn about the Djerbian culture. This time, my shared experience is to learn how to make the famous Tunisian Brik.
Brik (pronounced breek) is a Tunisian dish consisting of a deep fried pastry filled with various ingredients, typically with eggs, potatoes, onion, tuna, harissa and parsley. It is a very common food among Tunisians and is available at most restaurants. Many Tunisian families would often make brik at home, especially during the Ramadan period.
The first part of the shared experience is to shop for ingredients at a local supermarket. Here is a list of ingredients that we purchased for making 12 brik:
- 12 flat dough wrappers (some Tunisian families may prefer to prepare their own)
- 1 can of tuna
- 3 eggs
- 4 potatoes
- 2 onions
- Small amount of harissa (this is the Tunisian hot spice – add as you wish)
- Small bundle of parsley
Here are simple instructions for preparing the ingredients:
- Peel and chop the potatoes into tiny cubes
- Fry the potatoes until it turns golden brown
- Dice the onions
- Separate the parsley leaves from the stems, then dice the leaves
- Put the cooked potatoes, diced onions and parsley into a bowl
- Put the tuna and eggs into the bowl and mix together
- (Optional) Spread harissa onto a flat dough wrapper
- Place several spoonful of ingredients from the bowl onto the middle of the dough wrapper
- Fold the dough wrapper into half – pressing the edges together to seal the ingredients
- Pour 400ml of oil into a frying pan
- Place the sealed dough into the frying pan deep fry
- Deep fry the sealed dough until both sides are golden brown
The brik turned out to be delicious! I even had some fun making a brik with chocolate filling and it turned out to be a nice desert.