In the Kitchen With: Hawa Hassan’s Sabaayad – Design*Sponge

This week’s recipe is a traditional Somali dish with a special place in Hawa Hassan’s heart. Hawa Hassan is the founder of traditional Somali sauce company, Basbaas Sauces, and this is her mother’s recipe for Sabaayad, or Somali chapati. When making sabaayad, Hawa and her mother, I am sure, know instantly when the dough is the right consistency. They know when to turn the sabaayad in the pan without setting a timer, and they know how flaky sabaayad has to be for it to be considered good by Somali standards.  Those are insider tricks that take a long time to perfect. For my first attempt, however, I think mine came out just fine, shape aside, and yours will, too!  I cut my dough into twice as many pieces as Hawa’s recipe calls for to give myself a chance to practice, but feel free to stick to the recipe yield of eight. —Kristina


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