Banana Bread

Muz Fattah


In some areas of Yemen this is called arikeh. It is a popular and comforting dish mostly eaten during winter, because it is full of calories. It is also served to sick children and new mothers.

Muz Fattah is best served hot, with honey on the side for extra drizzling. If lavash bread is not available, you can use any other bread. You can also substitute other fruit (even plump dates and raisins) for the bananas.


  • 7 tablespoons (100 grams) butter or oil
  • 2 lavash or pita breads (120 to 140 grams), cut into 1- to 1.5-cm (about ½-inch) pieces
  • 4 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons (50 grams) honey, plus more for serving
  • 4 tablespoons cream (may also use 80 grams clotted cream or mascarpone)
  • 1 tablespoon (10 grams) nigella seeds


Warm the butter in a large skillet set over medium heat, then add the lavash and sliced bananas. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until everything is toasted and golden brown in spots. Transfer to a serving dish, drizzle with the honey and cream, and sprinkle with nigella seeds.