Sabaayad (Somali Flatbread)


Sabaayad is a Somali flatbread made from flour. It is golden brown, crispy and flaky on the outside and soft on the inside. You can eat it with almost anything: honey, cinnamon sugar and a cup of tea, stew, sauce or by itself. My husband and I love to eat it with honey while it is still hot. My kids love to cut them into small pieces, put them in a bowl, add little bit of sugar and shah (Somali tea), and eat them like that.

close up view of a Sabaayad (Somali Flatbread) on a plate
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
2 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 7 mins
10 flatbreads


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 ½ cups lukewarm water

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided, or more as needed (Optional)


  1. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Stir in olive oil and honey. Mix in water gradually until dough comes together and is the consistency of pizza dough. Knead by hand until soft and very smooth, about 10 minutes.

  2. Brush top of dough with a little bit of canola oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rest, at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.

  3. Divide dough into 10 equal pieces. Roll out 1 piece into a circle on a lightly floured work surface. Brush the top of the dough evenly with canola oil. Fold sides in to meet in the center. Fold top and bottom edges to meet in the center to make a square shape. Repeat with remaining pieces.

  4. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat.

  5. Roll 1 square of dough into a circle again on a lightly floured work surface. Place in the skillet and cook until slightly puffed, 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle a little bit of oil on top and flip; continue cooking until golden brown and crispy, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate and cover with a clean kitchen towel to keep sabaayad warm and soft. Repeat with remaining pieces.

Cook's Notes:

You can use bread flour instead of the all-purpose flour if desired.

You can substitute coconut oil for olive or canola oil or omit the oil entirely if preferred.

Use an electric mixer to mix and knead the dough until soft and smooth, about 5 minutes, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

255 Calories
7g Fat
42g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 255
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 5g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 56mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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