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Susi fattah eggs

I like to think of Susi as a Yemeni version of French toast casserole. It has all the ingredients you need for french toast - bread, eggs, milk, butter. The only difference if that is it made with flatbread and it is usually served savory not sweet. But Ill let you know I couldnt resist trying some with a little bit of honey on top and it was soo good. This dish makes a nice easy breakfast or a filling suhoor dish. It is also served at lunch alongside the usual lunch dishes. Susi is a kind of Fattah, which means a bread dish mixed with something else. There are many kinds of fatahs, such as with dates, meat, or banana, yogurt, milk etc. And they can be sweet or savory.


About 2 medium flatbreads (see here for the recipe I used, the only difference was I made with 1/2 whole wheat flour)

3 eggs

1 2/3 cup milk

1/4 cup butter melted

salt to taste

black seeds

How to make

1.       Lightly grease a shallow dish on all sides. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2.       Break up the bread into small or medium sized pieces into the dish.

3.       Lightly beat the eggs then add to the milk. Mix in salt to taste and about half of the melted butter (2 tablespoons).

4.       Pour the egg mixture over the bread. Let it soak for about 2-5 minutes. If all of the liquid gets absorbed you can add more milk. Then sprinkle on the black seeds and bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until it is nearly cooked through. Then I turned the broiler on and cooked it for about 2-5 minutes under the broiler to brown the top and cook it through. BE CAREFUL during this step as the broiler will burn it quickly if it is too close or stay in there too long. And also you may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the size dish you are using. A deeper dish will require more cooking time at 400 F. Test by cutting a small opening in the middle of the dish.

5.       Remove from the oven and pour on the rest of the butter. Serve while hot.



I've had this at a local Yemen restaurant but they cut the bread into strips - Your version looks fabulous - I have been looking for a recipe for this for a few years - I am so happy I found your site

06.02.2014 Reply


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Is it necessary to use flatbread or are there any alternatives for it?

07.22.2014 Reply


I think its bet to use flatbread. But i have also used regular bread (can be stale) and it comes out ok. It is similar to a french toast casserole but savory. 



what does the black seeds do?

09.12.2014 Reply


They are just a part of the recipe. You can buy them on amazon or arabic stores. Or you can substitute sesame seeds. 



I am very interested in Your blog .It is very useful .I'm from yemen. Aden ,but I learned alot about yemeni food my mum an sister like it too..we they know most of the recipes but we learn from ur blog more details  ... thank you Katherine  ...You make me proud of my country and tradition

09.26.2014 Reply


I remember having this dish in Taiz for breakfast. I loved it, thank you for the memory!

01.27.2015 Reply


Salaam alaikum. The Fattah I’ve had at Yemeni restaurants and from what my husbands family makes, it’s bananna, pita, honey, black seed and puck cream. Do you have the recipe for this type of Fattah?

04.06.2018 Reply