Spinach and Cheese Fatayer
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

Fatayer is an Arabian triangle usually filled with spinach, cheese or meat. The dough is soft and kids love these too!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Arabian, Lebanese
Author: Tamara at Foodieverse
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup water
  • Milk for brushing
Spinach and Cheese filling
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cups baby spinach (or 2 cups frozen spinach)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp sumac (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 100 grams feta cheese, crumbled
Cheese filling
  • 150 grams feta cheese, crumbled
  1. Preheat oven to 200C.

  1. Combine milk, sugar, yeast and 1/2 cup flour. Rest in fridge for 10 minutes to ferment.

  2. Take yeast mixture out and add flour and salt. Combine. (Use food processor, mixer or knead by hand)

  3. Add yoghurt and mix.

  4. Add oil and 1/2 cup water. Knead dough. Add up to 3/4 cup water depending on consistency of dough. 

  5. Knead dough for 3-5 minutes.

  6. Place dough in bowl, rub with oil, cover with cling wrap and leave to raise for 20 minutes.

  7. Tear dough into 35-40 balls.

  8. Roll each ball to approximately 3-4cm in diameter. They should not be thin.

Spinach and Cheese Filling
  1. Saute onions for 2 minutes.

  2. Add spinach and cook until wilted.

  3. Add salt, cumin and sumac (optional).

  4. Take off from heat and add crumbled feta cheese.

Cheese Filling
  1. Break an egg into crumbled cheese.

  2. Beat until well combined.

Assemble Fatayer
  1. Place 1 - 1 1/2 tsp of either filling in centre of rolled out dough.

  2. Take two corners and join together.

  3. Take the other corner and either seal completely or leave an opening in the middle.

  4. For boats, slightly stretch rolled out dough to form an oval.

  5. Place filling and roll up the longer sides. Take one end, roll and pinch. Do the same on the other side. 

  6. Brush the triangles/boats with milk.

  7. Bake at 200C for 15 minutes until top and bottom are light brown.