Warqa – Moroccan Khlii


Warqa (Ouarka) Arabic: ورقة

Warqa (also warka or ouarka) is a paper-thin Moroccan pastry similar to phyllo dough. Freshly made, it's a tender and flexible pastry sheet. Once baked or fried, it turns delightfully crispy. The pastry takes its name from the literal meaning of the word warqa – a leaf from a plant or tree, or a sheet of paper – in reference to its thinness.


  • 250g white flour
  • 60 cl cold water
  • A little salt


warqa being cooked
  1. Mix the flour and salt. Pour the water slowly, stirring constantly.
  2. In a blender put the mixture and blend for 1 minute till you get thick dough. Pour a little oil in a pan (which does not stick!) And use a paper towel to spread the oil.
  3. Put in blender and blend all ingredients together until the mixture becomes homogeneous.
  4. Heat the pan, and then use a large brush to make the dough. Brush the bottom of the pan with the dough and cook for a few seconds. You will eventually get a very thin transparent sheet -the sheet of Bastilla-
  5. Put, the Bastilla sheet in a towel and sprinkle with a little cooking oil. (Do not panic, the first sheets fail!)
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