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Mkatra Foutra (Sesame Coconut Flatbreads)

A recipe for Mkatra Foutra (Sesame Coconut Flatbreads) from the cookbook, The Island Kitchen.
Course Bread
Cuisine Comorian
Keyword bread, coconut, Comorian, Comoros, flatbread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 10 Small Flatbreads


  • 1 sachet (7g) fast-acting yeast
  • 400 grams plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 medium egg beaten
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Honey to serve


  • In a large bowl, mix the yeast with 2 tablespoons warm water and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Add the flour, sugar, salt and beaten egg to the mixing bowl. Slowly pour in the coconut milk and mix well with a spatula until it is a batter-like consistency.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to rest for 1 hour in a warm place.
  • Once the bread mix is ready, set a medium frying pan or crêpe pan over a medium heat. Spread 1⁄2 teaspoon of the butter or oil on the base, using a piece of kitchen paper, to lubricate the pan. Once the butter has melted, scoop out 2–3 heaped tablespoons of the thick batter and plop onto the surface of the pan (it may be quite sticky). You should be able to get ten small flatbreads out of the mixture.
  • Using the back of the tablespoon, make the batter into a circular shape. It doesn’t matter if they are not perfectly round. For each one of the breads, sprinkle 1⁄2 teaspoon sesame seeds on the top and press lightly. Cook for 3–4 minutes per side, until it has risen to about 1cm high and is golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve immediately, drizzled with honey or with a cup of coffee.
  • These flatbreads keep for 1–2 days in an airtight container, but are best eaten fresh.