Fataa’ir Farmaajo | Cheese Fatayer from Somalia

Fataa’ir Farmaajo Somalia

Fataa’ir Farmaajo or Fatayer are easy to pick finger food from Somalia. These are soft, fluffy, yeasted bread that is filled with different fillings like meat, cheese or spinach. Depending on the filling, the fatayer shape changes and called differently.

The meat fatayer is made into square shapes, cheese fatayer into boat shapes, and spinach fatayer into triangular ones. Again not everybody follows these rules.

The dough for the Fatayer is very easy to prepare as well. It only needs about 15 minutes of rest. Though one can always make this ahead and refrigerate. The dough recipe also is so flexible that you can adjust based on your preferences.

I adapted my recipe from this site, that has some wonderful dishes you can select from. She has detailed videos to help as well. I picked up to make Cheese Fatayer or Fatayer au Fromage

Since my kids love cheese, it was so convenient to make these instead of trying hands at different things. The cheese fatayer has a filling mix of salty cheese, parsley, mint, and nigella seeds make that really turns out so good.

For an authentic fatayer, akkawi cheese is used. If this is not available, one can use a combination of Feta Cheese and herbs. Or even a mix of ricotta and mozzarella cheese along with herb.

I also used cottage cheese and cheddar along with other combinations. Since the dough for this fatayer hardly takes much time, you can prepare a huge batch and freeze as well. However, you got to shape these as soon as resting is done. And bake them right away to prevent the dough from rising too much.

Since we use the yeasted dough, it tends to puff up faster. So shape them and bake it right away. I wanted to keep it in the traditional shape and hence make as a boat like shapes. However, from what I read these are made to one’s liking, some even make these are mini pizzas.

I didn’t search for any other dish for F for the A to Z International Street Foods. If you are interested to know the Flatbread for A, check this post.

Fataa’ir Farmaajo Somalia

How to make Fataa’ir Farmaajo

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Fataa’ir Farmaajo | Cheese Fatayer from Somalia

For the Fatayer Dough (Cajiin Fataa’ir) Pâte à Fatayer

2 1 /2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 1 /2 tsp Instant Yeast
1 tbsp Sugar
1 /2 tsp SSalt
1 cup Milk lukewarm
1 / 3 cup Olive oil

 

For the Fataa’ir Farmaajo
Ingredients:
1 cup Feta Cheese / Akkawi cheese
1/ 2 cup Ricotta
1 /2 cup Mozzarella
1 /2 cup Parsley chopped
1 /4 cup Mint Leaves chopped
1 tsp Nigella seeds

Preparing the Fatayer Dough (Cajiin Fataa’ir) Pâte à Fatayer

Take the flour in a bowl, add the yeast, sugar and salt. Whisk the dry ingredients then add the milk and olive oil.
Mix well until combined then knead for 5 minutes.
Cover and let the dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

Making the Filling

Wash and grate the cheese
Chop the herbs finely and mix with cheese and keep it aside.

Preparing the fatayer

Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces.
Roll the disc out into an oval shape.
Put 1 teaspoons of the filling in the middle and spread.
Lift one edge and press the ends. Do the same with other edge making a boat like a shape.
Preheat the oven to 200C
Place all the shaped fatayer on a parchment paper and bake for 20 mins.

Cheese Fatayer

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Fataa’ir Farmaajo | Cheese Fatayer from Somalia
Fataa’ir Farmaajo or Fatayer are easy to pick finger food from Somalia. These are soft, fluffy, yeasted bread that is filled with different fillings like meat, cheese or spinach. Depending on the filling, the fatayer shape changes and called differently.
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Preparing the Fatayer Dough (Cajiin Fataa’ir) Pâte à Fatayer
  1. Take the flour in a bowl, add the yeast, sugar and salt. Whisk the dry ingredients then add the milk and olive oil.
  2. Mix well until combined then knead for 5 minutes.
  3. Cover and let the dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Making the Filling
  1. Wash and grate the cheese
  2. Chop the herbs finely and mix with cheese and keep it aside.
Preparing the Fatayer
  1. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces.
  2. Roll the disc out into an oval shape.
  3. Put 1 teaspoons of the filling in the middle and spread.
  4. Lift one edge and press the ends. Do the same with other edge making a boat like a shape.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200C
  6. Place all the shaped fatayer on a parchment paper and bake for 20 mins.
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18 comments

  1. Wow Boat shaped Fatayer look fantabulous, You have baked some amazing breads, They look so cute in small size..I am loving this cheese filling, the combination of 3 cheese is very interesting valli. very well explained recipe there.. so true kids are fond of nothing but cheese all the time, this is just a perfect recipe choice for F and please those cheese lovers 🙂

  2. Omg, those fatayers are seriously fabulous and am sure they are definitely dangerously addictive. Am in love with those cute small bite sized like fatayer. Prefect pick for F Valli.

  3. That’s an interesting recipe ,those fataair bread looks so good with beautifully browned crust and the filling also sounds delicious . Kudos to you for trying out these type of different recipe and sharing them,Valli

  4. Those fatayer look so cheesy and inviting Valli. That boat shape looks great, I think my kids will surely love this. I like the endless possibilities of the fillings here too.

  5. Cheesy Fatayer !..wow!!Love it Valli. The boat shape looks really cute . These would be such a hit at any kiddo party, not that adults would’nt enjoy!Super Duper pick.

  6. Cheesy Fatayer ! Wow !!..These little boat shaped fatayers look so cute, the special sounds classic and I bet these would be such a hit at any party. Fantastic pick for the alphabet.

  7. That is great find. I frequently used to go a Middle eastern store which has since been closed down. I used to see these boat shaped baked goods with some greens and cheese, but never ventured to buy them. Now I am thinking if they were these cute fata’ir.

  8. I have been eyeing these beautiful boats for a while now and have a spinach fatter bookmarked to make for a long time. Yours have turned out gorgeous and love the cheesy filling. This is winner all the time.

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