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Omani Maldouf – A FlatBread made with Dates

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Oman is an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. A significant portion of its economy involves tourism and trade of fish, dates and certain agricultural produce. Dates have been a staple food of the Middle East and the Indus Valley for thousands of years. Date fruits are oval-cylindrical and when ripe range from bright red to bright yellow in colour, depending on variety. Dates contain a single stone. Three main cultivator groups of date exist, soft, semi-dry and dry . The type of fruit depends on the glucose, fructose and sucrose content. Dry or soft dates can be eaten as is or are stuffed with fillings of nuts, candied fruits or even cheese. Dates can be chopped and used in a range of sweet and savoury dishes. The sugar content of ripe dates is about 80% the remainder consists of protein, fiber and trace elements. (Source Wikipedia).

Omani Maldouf - A FlatBread made with Dates

Dates act as a natural sweetener and is a good replacement in many of the recipes that uses white sugar. It is also very good for your bone health and has numerous benefits to it, i.e. high in several nutrients, fiber and antioxidants.

Some of the dates recipes on my blog.

Khajoor (Dates) Dry Fruit Barfi (Roll)

BeetRoot and Dates Energy Bites

Dates & Nut Energy Bites

Egg-less, Sugar-Less, Butter-Less Dates & Walnut Cake

While I was searching for O, I hopped on to this Omani Maldouf recipe with Dates. A FlatBread or a paratha with Dates. I immediately shortlisted it as it is a healthy dose for everyone. I paired it with a spicy gravy and kid’s just enjoyed it as is. The bread/paratha/thepla is very mildly sweet but is a good way to serve dates to those fussy eaters. Traditionally the bread is made with All purpose flour but I made it with whole wheat flour.

Omani Maldouf - A FlatBread made with Dates

Recipes in this series of A-Z International FlatBreads

A- Afghani Bolani

B- Boxty – Irish Potato FlatBread

C- Corn Tortilla

D- Dhal Puri

F-Farinata Genovese : Ligurian Chickpea Flatbread

Gözleme (Turkish Flatbread with Potato, Spinach, Mint and Feta Cheese)

H- Harcha (Moroccan FlatBread)

I – Injera (Ethiopian FlatBread)

J-Jamaican FlatBread – Bammy

K-Knäckebröd – Swedish Multi-Seed Crispbread

L- Lachuch (Yemenite FlatBread)

M-Manakish Za’atar (Levantine Flatbread)

N-Noni Afghani (Afghan Flatbread)

Do give this recipe a try and let me know how it turned.

Omani Maldouf - A FlatBread made with Dates

Omani Maldouf - A FlatBread made with Dates

This Omani flatbread is a deep flavourful, flaky bread with a mild sweetness that compliments spicier dishes/curries or can be eaten as is.
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Course: Breakfast, Main Course, Snacks
Cuisine: Arabic, Omani
Keyword: Dates, FlatBread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 2 cup Whole Wheat Flour (One can use All Purpose Flour/Maida)
  • Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Ghee (Clarified Butter) For Shallow Frying
  • Water For kneading dough

Dates Mixture

  • 8-14 1/2 Cup Soft Dates (Depending on size)
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water


Dates Mixture

  • Soak the pitted Dates in 1 cup of boiling water for 2-3 hours or until softened.
  • Puree the softened dates using a strainer or a fine mesh. You may require a blender to blend, if it is not very soft for you. 


  • Mix the pureed dates along with salt, 1 tbsp ghee,  and flour and make a soft dough.
  • Let the dough rest for minimum 20 minutes.

Making Omani Maldouf

  • Divide the dough into equal or lemon size balls.
  • Roll each to form a flatbread/paratha/circular disc/or shape you like to 5-6 inches long. I was trying to make a triangular shape, but as usual my paratha or rotis go round :-), so please ignore the shapes 😀 😀 
    Omani Malfouf
  • Shallow fry each using ghee until cooked from both the sides. Since the dough have dates in them, it will be cooked very fast.
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Saturday 20th of November 2021

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Mayuri Patel

Saturday 6th of June 2020

A flatbread with pureed dates added sounds so so delicious. Its a recipe I will have to try out soon. Love the idea of dipping a sweetish flatbread in my masala tea and enjoying it.


Saturday 20th of October 2018

fabulous idea of making dates flatbread. really with natural sweetener this flatbread is nutritious and healthy. Also I found another way of eating dates.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan

Friday 19th of October 2018

This is a great dates recipe. Lovely way to incorporate dates in our diet. I just happened to go to a Middle Eastern store and bought a pack of dates paste. That paste will work so well for the recipe.

Ritu Tangri

Thursday 18th of October 2018

Mildly sweet and savory this dates flatbread must have tasted wonderful with a spicy gravy. I would love to have it with a pickle as a side.