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Manakish Za’atar

Manakish Za'atar (Lebanese Flatbread)

Manakish Za'atar is a Flatbread from the Levantine cuisine where the dough is sprinkled with Za'atar (Spice mix made of sesame-sumac-oregano) and is great for breakfast or as a dinner along with some falafel or hummus.
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Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: Levantine
Keyword: FlatBread, Za'atar
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 5 Breads
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


For the Bread

  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour/Plain Flour/ Maida
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 3/4 tsp Salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2-1 Cup Lukewarm Water (Do not add extra hot water, it will kill the yeast)
  • 1/4 Cup Za'atar Spice

For the Za'atar Spice (Makes about 1/4 cup)

  • 1/2 tbsp Dried Oregano (or 1 tbsp fresh chopped Oregano)
  • 1 tbsp Sumac
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cumin (Jeera Powder)
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3/4-1 tsp Freshly ground black pepper


To make the dough

  • Add Lukewarm water in a bowl. Add sugar and yeast in it and let it bloom for 10 minutes.
  • Your yeast should bloom, if not please discard and start again, or else your dough will not puff up.
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, salt,2 tablespoon of olive oil and bloomed yeast mixture.
  • Using a stand mixer or your hand knead the dough well until it forms a soft round ball and is springy to touch.
  • Coat the dough with some oil and place it in the bowl.
  • Cover and let it rest in a warm surface until double in size. About 1 hour +

Za'atar Spice

  • Mix  all the ingredients mentioned for Za'atar spice and store it in an air tight container, if making in advance.
    Za'atar Spice

Assemble and Bake the Bread

  • Add the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil in the Za'atar Spice and mix everything well.
  • Divide the dough into equal portions. (I was able to make 5 equal size breads from this)
  • Roll each into 1/4 inch thickness disc.
  • Gently spread the Olive oil mixed Za'atar spice on top of each disc. It should stick to the dough.
    Manakish Za’atar
  • Let them rest for 15-20 minutes so that they puff up. Just look how beautifully have they puffed up.
    Manakish Za’atar
  • In the meanwhile preheat the oven to 180 C.
  • Once preheated bake them for 8-10 minutes. I baked at 180 C for 8 minutes and then increased the heat to 200 and baked for another 2 minutes, until lightly brown. 
  • Ideally breads like this are best baked at 200 C, but my oven gets hot very quickly, so I tend to increase the heat only later. You are a better judge of your oven so please check.
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