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  • Writer's pictureLucie Ellis

36. Crab Part 2: Moroccan Crab Pastries

This is the tastiest thing I’ve made for YONKS! Yesterday, thanks to lockdown, I made for the second time in my life, Warka pastry from scratch, which is a super thin, shattery sort of filo made by imprinting a wafer thin layer of wet dough onto a non stick surface over steam, like a hot breath on a cold glass window, barely there.

The most satisfying bit of cooking magic 😀

Despite that I reckon you should just use regular filo to make these as you have to be a bit deranged to bother making Warka 🤪 but if you want to try the method is in the first Moro cookbook.

Ingredients, for 4 parcels

8 sheets of filo

About 150g white crab

2 tbsp chopped herbs; parsley, mint, coriander, dill (a mix of any)

1tsp toasted crushed cumin

Juice of a lemon

1 red chilli finely chopped

1 egg white

About 1 litre sunflower oil for frying


Mix the crab, herbs, lemon, cumin and chilli together and season the mixture.

Cut the first 2 filo sheets into rough 25cm rounds. Mix the egg white with a 2 tablespoons of water and brush the edges of the filo with this then lay on top of each other.

Put a quarter of the crab mix in the centre and fold up the edges in a pleating style to close the circle, use a bit more egg wash to seal if needed. Turn over onto a lightly floured surface while you repeat with the rest.

Pour enough oil to come about 4cm up a high sided saucepan and heat to 175 on a digital thermometer or until a small piece of bread or herb sizzles when you put it into the oil. Gently lower in the first parcel. Cook for about 2 minutes til golden, turning over if necessary then drain on, and cover with, kitchen paper while you cook the rest.

Serve with fresh harissa and lemon wedges. 🦀🤪🦀🤪🦀

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