Atayef recipe or gatayef kataief
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Atayef (Middle Eastern pancakes)

Atayef are pancake-like desserts served during the holy month of Ramadan.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 30 pancakes
Calories 31kcal
Author Diana


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • a pinch of salt


  • To prepare the mixture, place all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  • Mix all liquid ingredients together, then gradually add the mixture to the dry mixture and whisk to ensure that the mixture is properly mixed.
  • Place bowl in a warm place, cover with a damp cloth and allow batter to rest for 15-30 minutes.
  • Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat, then pour the batter using a spoon to make circles. (for small Atayef pour 1 tbsp of batter, for medium sized ones add 2tbsp, and 1/4 cup for the large ones)
  • The Atayef will start bubbling but make sure that you get loads of bubbles because if you don't, then it means that you didn't make the right consistency. Fix this by adding more water to the batter as it might be too thick. Each piece should take about 1-2 minutes until they're done, but this depends on the size of the Atayef.
  • When the last drop on the surface dries and isn't shiny anymore, this means that the Atayef is done. Remove from pan immediately.
  • Transfer to a tea towel, but make sure that you fold down the towel to cover the Atayef, otherwise they will dry out really quickly which can lead to Atayef that are difficult to fold and seal.
  • Stuff the Atayef with the filling that you choose (cheese, walnuts, almonds, etc...) then either fry or bake them as explained above. Dip in syrup or just drizzle with it (for better results, soak warm Atayef in cold syrup)


  • For vegan Atayef omit the milk and add water instead.
  • You can freeze the Atayef in a plastic bag, they can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Nutritional values are a rough estimate per 1 pancake without any fillings.


Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg