Muhalla | Mhala ~ Emirati Date Crepes



You may have noticed that when it comes to selecting themes for the Blogging Marathon, I always go for something easy so that I can accommodate it in. πŸ˜€ This week, I have chosen a theme for version #93 that I am generally bad at – “Easy Breakfast”. Even though everybody tells you that breakfast is the most important meal, there are so many opinions coming up on how much important that meal can be. No doubt, if you need to feel at your best, you need to ensure that your tummy is in tact. This case goes really true with kids.


Schools start so early these days, that eating is a task. My girls have just a cup of milk or sometimes breakfast cereal and go. Sometimes they eat oats or upma but nothing more than that. If I make, they keep grumpy faces. So I literally beg them to eat what I make and go. I used to be that way too. I vividly remember how umma would push in the oats through my throat, only to be disposed off completely in the washroom before taking the run towards the bus. I hated eating early, I still hate it!


For me breakfast is past 9. Till then I can walk around just drinking water. Even now, I tend to have breakfast at office. I pack and go. My girls finish off their box completely because of that glass of milk. I don’t want to force them too. So having breakfast is totally your call, but ensure to have it best since it is usually the first meal of your day. πŸ™‚




I wanted to start off with an easy breakfast which is typical of the country that provides us our bread and butter. You can find all the recipes posted till date of the local cuisine here. I haven’t seen this anywhere as such but this link really piqued my interest. It is easily imaginable that the fruit of the country, dates, will surely be used as a part of making crepes. Chebaab is one dish that appears on the breakfast table here.


First of all, these crepes use yeast as an ingredient, making it really soft and delicate to handle. It is so easy to make too. You just need to grind all ingredients till smooth, rest the batter for some time and get cooking. The resting time is for the yeast to act, but you can keep it minimal, if you don’t have much time to spare. Just be very careful while flipping these crepes since they are very soft and fragile. I enjoyed them as is with some chamee cheese, but the folks loved it with a drizzle of honey. Off to this simple recipe…


Before that, these are not the only yeasted pancakes I have tried. Here is one, that is plain and delicious too…





5 from 7 votes

Muhalla ~ Emirati Date Crepes

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Emirati
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 4 oz date paste/ pitted paste
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ghee for making crepes


  • In a blender jar, soak the dates in warm water for five minutes till soft. Add the remaining ingredients and blitz to make a smooth batter.
  • Empty the batter into a large bowl and set aside to rest for an hour.
  • Heat a fry pan, drizzle with little ghee. Pour a ladle of batter and spread. Allow it to crisp up before flipping. They will be really soft, so do handle with care! Cook till the other side is also done.
  • Enjoy as is - they are so good! - or with a drizzle of honey, date syrup or some chamee!


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  1. Babitha costa says:

    Will make it as I have more dates

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Babitha…

  2. 5 stars
    Rafee absolutely love these ! and I love dates! hugs!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Gloria…

  3. Easy and healthy breakfast option,never tried crepes with dates.This crepe sounds so interesting.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nalini…

  4. 5 stars
    What an interesting recipe!
    I bet they taste like caramel after being cooked.
    Emirati dates are so tasty!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Oh yes, it did have a lovely flavor, so didn’t much to go with it! Thanks a lot Bibi…

  5. This crepe sounds fantastic Rafeeda, never tried adding dates to my batter, beautifull colour and texture..having breakfast in the morning is a chore for the kids, wish they had more time on hand to have a proper breakfast..but with bus coming so early, its hard!..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I totally understand your feelings! Early school timings aren’t easy for them nor us… Thank you so much Valli…

  6. These pancakes look fantastic Rafee. The texture is amazing because of the yeast used. As we make dosas regularly, making these crepes might be easier. Let me try this for my daughter.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gayathri…

  7. That looks so good considering that it doesn’t take much effort. Thank you for introducing us to Muhalla!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kanak…

  8. Yeast in crepes makes it interesting!! Its a healthy way to kick start a day. Thank you for the lovely recipe.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharmila…

  9. Adding date paste more healthy

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Jaleelakka…

  10. 5 stars
    Yeasted pancakes with yeast? Wow! This is a unique recipe, Rafeeda. Regarding breakfast battles – each day is a new battle ground πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Harini…

  11. 5 stars
    Wow Rafeeda, those date crepe look so amazing – lacy and absolutely delicious. I think my family would LOVE these Emirati breakfast crepes.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani…

  12. My daughter is similar to yours and her standard breakfast has remained a cup of milk even though she is a high school kid. Nothing more and nothing less.
    I have seen these crepes over online many times and thought may be a popular one in Emirates until you mentioning never seeing them. πŸ™‚ These have been on my to do list for so long and yours are tempting me to try them.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I see my girls will go on with the milk for years to come… Thank you so much Suma, you must try these, they are delicious!

  13. looks so delicious, first time coming across to date crepe. a perfect breakfast recipe with power packed dates. I agree I love to see easy delicious and quick recipes on your blog.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Bhavana…

  14. Date crepes look amazing. Such a healthy dish

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Sushma…

  15. 5 stars
    I have never made crepes with yeast in it. it must be very soft and spongy with the goodness of dates

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ritu…

  16. Am still forcing myself to have breakfast bit earlier thought its not my cup of tea, its definitely a hard task for me as well. Muhalla looks excellent with beautiful pleasing colour.. My kids will definitely love this crepes.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I always pack and carry mine, just to make sure I eat something! Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  17. 5 stars
    I love the airy texture of these crepes with the use of the yeast. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day but with busy schedules is hard to do sometimes !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mir…

  18. 5 stars
    Rafeeda, it is as if you read my mind. I just bought a pack of date paste from a Middle Eastern store and was wondering what to make with it. This is a great recipe for breakfast.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha, so go ahead and make them! Thank you so much Sandhya…

  19. Wow! this is something I must try! How I wish I had seen it Diwali time then I could feed the elder one these crepes. BTW my kids dont drink milk they will prefer to eat chapati and I am like drink milk please dont make me make the chapati! ;D

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… I would have said the same thing if I were in your place too… πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much Archanaji…

  20. Very healthy and interesting pancake recipe… never tried … looks yum.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Preeti…

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