2 tsp instant yeast
1 c warm water
¼ sugar
4 c flour
2 tsp black sesame seeds
2 tsp ground cardamom
⅓ cup light oil (I used sesame oil for added flavor)


Mix yeast and sugar into the water. Let sit until mixture starts to bubble. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add oil and yeast mixture and mix to form a dough.

Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead until smooth. Form dough into a ball and put it in greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until dough doubles in size.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Roll to form two 10 inch circles. Place into two circles in oiled cast iron skillets. Using a sharp knife, score the dough into 8 even triangles. Brush the top of the dough with oil, and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through and golden. Serve warm with butter or Niter Kibbeh (spiced clarified butter).

Note: You can experiment with scoring designs to fit the occasion.


Notes and Instructions

Recipe and photo credit: Georgia Reader