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.
Step By Step Pictures for making Fataa’ir Farmaajo
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
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.