Alternative namesKimis
CourseBreakfast or dinner
Place of originSomalia and Djibouti
Region or stateHorn of Africa
Main ingredientsFlour, Water and Salt

Sabayad, also known as kimis, is a type of flatbread eaten in Somalia and Djibouti. It is closely related to the paratha of the Indian subcontinent and the Msemen of the Maghreb.


A very commonly served bread in Somali cuisine, sabayad is usually eaten during breakfast or dinner. It is made from a dough of plain flour, water and salt. Like the paratha, it is rolled into rough squares or circles and then briefly fried in a pan. However, the sabayad is mainly prepared in the traditional Somali way.[clarification needed]