Fatin Hareth

Black seeds have served as an important health and beauty aid to Arabs for years. Prophet Muhammad Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam said that black seed is a cure for everything but death. [ Al-Bukhaari, 5364; Muslim, 2215]
In Saudi Arabia black seed remains a traditional remedy for asthma, coughs, stomach problems, fatigue, cancer and much more. The whole seeds and oil is used to beautify skin and hair.

Fatin Hareth is an old fashioned recipe made in the southern province of Saudi Arabia. This is not a hard recipe to make but you should not leave the stove what so ever while making it to make sure nothing burns as it only takes a handful of seconds to cook each batch.

1 cup plus 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons black seeds
2 tablespoons yogurt
1/4 cup oil (I used sunflower or corn oil) plus more for frying
4-1/2 tablespoons sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a small bowl add yeast, 1/2 tablespoon of sugar and 1/4 cup of warm water. Sit for 5 minutes until frothy.
2. In a large mixing bowl add flour, baking powder and sugar, mix. Add black seeds, yogurt, oil, and vanilla and yeast mixture. Mix well. Add a little bit of water at a time until dough consistency has formed. Place a small amount of oil onto hands and rub around dough ball. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit in a warm place for 1 hour.

3. In a small skillet on medium heat add enough for frying (about 1/4 cup). On a lightly floured surface (I use non-stick baking mats) with a rolling pin roll dough thin (paper thin). Carefully cut into strips 1/2 inch wide and then into triangles up and down the long strips. Place into hot oil frying on each side until golden.

4. Drain on a paper towel. Drizzle or dip into sheerah (sugar syrup) afterwards then serve.

Yields: 4-1/2 cups


  1. Asmaa8/22/2012

    Salam alaikum noor,

    These look like the perfect little snack mashAllah love what your serving them in too.

    I tried your biscuit recipe and yeh they are nothing like scones but exactly like bread mashAllah

  2. Noor8/22/2012

    You know every place has its on special bread. The Arabs have pita, you all have scones and the South we have biscuits and cornbread.. Every other place has there own as well its kinda cool :)

  3. Sweetheart Diary8/22/2012

    This is a great snack. What to do if we want it salty?

  4. Ulyana Michailov8/22/2012

    Lovely! and great to know the health benefits of black seeds :)

  5. Familycook8/22/2012

    Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullah Noor.

    In India, there are two versions of this snack., a savory one with black seeds and a sweet one without the black seeds. This recipe of yours is a combo of both and I would love to try it.

  6. Noor8/25/2012

    Amna then I would use salt instead of sugar.

    Ulyana thanks so much :)

    Familycook thanks for letting us know I would love to try the others too yummy.


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