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This is a type of yemeni ka'ak called muqasqas, which means 'cut up.' Indeed its cut up little bits of cookie that you can eat mixed with raisins and nuts. There is another dish called muqasqas which is a fried version, which is more well-known that this one. I have the recipe listed under khameer, as that is the other name for it. The difference in naming mostly comes from different regions. This muqasqas is made especially for eid.


2 cups of flour
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. melted butter or ghee
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. black seeds
1/4 to 1/3 cup of water (enough to make a soft dough)

How to make

1. First mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and black seeds.
2. Then add in the melted butter and stir until combined.
3. Then add in water a little bit at a time, until the dough comes together. It should not be too sticky.
4. Break the dough into small pieces and roll it into a ball.
5. Take each ball, one at a time and roll it into a long snake shape.
6. Then take each long roll and cut it into tiny pieces with scissors.
7. After the pieces are all cut up, place it into a 375 F degree oven and bake for 10 mins, flipping once, until they are browned.



What are "black seeds"?

03.17.2017 Reply


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Wonderful site and rich information. I am glad that you're a very professional in cooking a Yemeni food. Looks very yummy and I miss my country food as i am currently in South Korea. Your cooking and language are perfect. I wish you the best.

04.06.2017 Reply


I believe she meant black sesame seeds.

11.26.2017 Reply


black seeds are nigella seeds...

05.09.2018 Reply