Za’atar Man’ouche is traditionally a food the Lebanese claim as their own however many believe it can be traced back to Biblical days. I have always loved Za’atar Man’ouche (a combination of herbs- Za’atar, toasted sesame seeds, dried sumac and often salt on a type of dough or مناقيش in Arabic). My Assyrian Nan was over a few weeks ago so we decided to make some.
2 1/2 cups plain flour
75ml Olive Oil + 5 Tbsp more
150ml warm water
2 tsp yeast powder
1 tsp salt
6 Tbsp Za’atar Mixture
- In a large bowl combine the flour, yeast powder and salt
- Make a well in the centre and pour in the Olive Oil and warm water
- Mix well until it all comes together and then start kneading until you have a smooth non sticky dough
- Cover the bowl with a tea towel and place in a warm area of your home for at least 30 minutes.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface
- Divide the dough into 4 sections, lightly knead one section of the dough and roll out to desired thickness with a rolling pin. We used a pot lid to measure them out in round shapes.
- Using a brush, brush olive oil onto the dough and sprinkle with Za’atar
- Bake in a 200 degree Celsius oven for approx 7-10 minutes. I like to sprinkle mine with sea salt when they come out.