How to Make Phyllo Dough Meat Pie (Suniyet Ruqaq)

A quick and easy recipe, this phyllo dough meat pie is also known as suniyet ruqaq. This dish originated in Northern Africa and widely eaten in Egypt as well. The original recipe calls for very thin Arabic or pita bread; however, in the West, it is more common to use phyllo dough, as it is much easier to find.


  • 1 pack phyllo dough (1 pound)
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon allspice


  • 1 egg mixed with 1 cup milk, salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock


  1. 1
    Grease a large ovenproof dish with butter. Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC.
  2. 2
    Divide the phyllo dough into two equal parts. Then wrap it in a damp tea towel (this keeps the pastry moist, as it tends to dry out quickly).
  3. 3
    Cover the bottom of the dish with one sheet of phyllo dough. Trim the edges and brush with melted butter. Keep repeating this process until half of the pastry is used.
  4. 4
    Cook the onions, ground beef and spices in a frying pan. Cook until all of the ingredients are well blended. Spread the cooked meat mixture evenly on top of the phyllo dough pastry.
  5. 5
    Cover with the second half of the dough. Spread the remaining melted butter over the top layer. Then, cut into large squares and bake in the oven at 350ºF/180ºC for 10 minutes.
  6. 6
    After 10 minutes, spoon the chicken stock and egg glaze over the ruqaq. Then bake until almost dry.
  7. 7
    Remove from the oven when baked. Serve immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Large ovenproof dish
  • Tea towel
  • Frying pan
  • Bowl for mixing glaze
  • Pastry brush

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