In Morocco, briwats can be stuffed with sweet or savory fillings. This is a savory filling that is somewhat modern in origin. This recipe is an adaptation of both my Moroccan mother-in-law's version (though she adds garlic) and a recipe found in the book "Cooking at the Kasbah" by Kitty Norse. Some people also add soy sauce to the mixture (a sure sign of the recipe's modernity; soy sauce, as you can imagine, is not "native" to Morocco!) :) These are yummy snacks and surprisingly light, despite being fried. Do try to find the lumpia wrappers--briwats should not be doughy, but instead light and crispy, and the lumpia wrappers do the job nicely.
- 2 ounces rice vermicelli
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 12 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 3 tablespoons cilantro
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons Italian parsley
- 2 teaspoons salt, to taste
- lumpia skins, found at asian stores (I do NOT suggest egg roll wrappers such as those found at the supermarket, as they are usually too t) or phyllo pastry sheet (I do NOT suggest egg roll wrappers such as those found at the supermarket, as they are usually too t)
- Cover the vermicelli with hot water and soak for about 15 minutes.
- Drain the noodles and then chop finely.
- Set aside.
- Heat the oil and add the onion and shrimp.
- Cook until the shrimp turns pink, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat, chop the shrimp and combine the shrimp/onion mixture with the herbs and spices.
- Put the mixtures in the wrapper and roll up like an eggroll.
- Or, if you prefer, fold the wrappers into triangle shapes.
- Brush the edges with some beaten egg yolk to seal.
- Fry in hot vegetable oil until golden.
- *Youcan freeze uncooked briwats until ready to use.
- Just be sure to let them thaw slightly to avoid splattering in the hot oil.
- Serve with a squeeze of lemon or harissa, if desired.
- This is a good"potluck" dish and is great for a quick and tasty lunch.
I made this recipe to bring to a party and everyone who likes shrimp enjoyed it. I used phyllo dough to wrap them in and shaped them like egg rolls. I used Asian rice noodles instead of rice vermicelli. They are time consuming, so if you think you are going to like them, make more than one recipe at a time. I froze them first and they came out just perfect. I allowed them to thaw, then I baked them in a greased pan for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.