Cabbage Sabayah

3 c. shredded cabbage
1 sm. onion; finely chopped
2 Tbsp. oil
2 cups white flour
1 ts. salt
1 ts. pepper
1 Tbsp. garlic
1 Tbsp. sugar
3/4 c. warm water

1. Heat the oil in a pan; add the cabbage and the onion.
2. Cook until the cabbage is soft; set aside and cool.
3. Combine the water, flour, salt, pepper, garlic, and the cabbage mixture in a bowl; mix to
form a dough.
4. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 15 minutes.
5. Cover and set aside in a warm place for 2 hours. (The longer it sits, the easier it is to roll.)
6. Knead for 2 minutes on a heavily floured surface and then divide into 4 pieces.
7. Lightly coat each piece in flour and flatten slightly.
8. Flatten with a rolling pin until each piece is very thin and shaped like a square; brush with oil.
9. Fold and set aside. See instructions on how to fold here.
10. Flatten with a rolling pin until each piece is about 1/4 inch thick.
11. Preheat a skillet over low - medium heat and brush with oil.
12. Place one sabaya in the pan and cook for 30 seconds.
13. Brush with oil and then flip.
14. Gently press down the sabaya so that it cooks evenly on the bottom.
15. Flip and continue cooking on the other side until cooked.
16. Remove and place on a paper towel.
17. Store in an air tight container or Ziplock.

The best way to make the perfect sabayah is to cook it on a low-medium heat and making sure that you turn it often.


  1. Hi Tammy! I came across your blog while hunting for some Somali food, as it's a cuisine I have never really been exposed to. I have started my own food blog as I expand my cooking repertoire and skills and I have to say - I absolutely LOVE your sabayah recipes! I have made two so far, going to make this one tonight and I plan to make every recipe you have posted.

    They are quite simple to make and absolutely delicious! Glad I found your blog, keep the recipes coming!


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