Our Arab Breakfast (With Gluten Free Option)

Recipe by UmmBinat
READY IN: 25mins
YIELD: 3-4


  • 3
    orange pekoe tea bags (I use Tetley tea bags)
  • 2 12
    cups water
  • heavy cream (or half-and half)
  • 6
    teaspoons white sugar (to taste)
  • 7
    cardamom pods, crushed slightly
  • 1
    tablespoon olive oil (A good quality please!)
  • halloumi cheese (Haloom, Arabic, hellim -Turkish)
  • 14
    cup all-purpose flour (to be gluten free I use white rice flour or a mix with tapioca starch in 1/2 the amount)
  • 1
    lemon, cut in half
  • 1
    large pita bread (1 bag, Do NOT use if gluten free)
  • rice crackers (optional, for the gluten free)
  • 14
    cup butter, sliced
  • yogurt cheese balls in oil or goat feta cheese, sliced
  • assorted gourmet olive
  • hummus (homemade or store bought, ours tends to be the later)
  • assortment fresh fruit, cut up into chunks (lovely sprinkled with orange blossom water & sugar if needed)


  • Heat water & cardamom pods covered in a pot until boiling.
  • Drop in tea bags and simmer covered for about 1 1/2 minutes add sugar to taste along with the cream and keep simmering and adjusting cream to your desired amount not worrying about the fat content, only the taste :) This is called breakfast tea or you could use, Recipe #286617. Serve in regular tea cup/mugs.
  • Now slice the haloumi cheese into thick slices and rinse with water. Do not dry.
  • Place the flour on a flat surface and dip each piece of haloumi cheese to coat all sides in a light fashion. You may use just half the package.
  • Heat the olive oil on medium high and fry cheese slices until lightly golden reducing the heat as needed.
  • Remove to a plate and place halved lemon around it to squeeze on top while eating.
  • Place butter, cheeses, gourmet olives, hummus drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil, the fruits (lovely sprinkled with orange blossom water & sugar if needed if wished) on their own plates or in bowls.
  • Lay this all out on a low table or blanket/newspapers on the floor. This is both traditional and Islamic to sit on the floor while eating.
  • Lay out spoons for the fruit and heat the bread until warm with your preferred method just before serving.
  • Scoop up cheeses etc in bread pulled in half. (That's the way to do it traditionally) I serve rice crackers to as we are gluten free.