The first time I tried the za’atar man’ouche was in a Lebanese restaurant in Brussels. It was long time ago during a trip I took with my mum to Belgium, and that was the first time I tried Lebanese food.
At the time I wouldn’t have imagined that a few years after that trip I would be living in Brussels or that my future husband would have Lebanese origins… Life is full of surprises!
The za’atar man’ouche is very rich and healthy. In Lebanon many people would have it for breakfast to start the day with energy, as the za’atar would provide a boost of magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc.
It is common to serve the za’atar man’ouche accompanied with Lebanese cucumbers, olives, mint and tomatoes.
This is a very simple recipe, requiring less than 10 basic ingredients and hands on prep time is below 10 minutes + the rise + a short 7 minute bake time. Very little time required for enjoying this perfect, easy, savory, hearty and delicious Lebanese flat bread.
I hope you give this recipe a try, if so let me know! Leave a comment and rate it. I would love to know what you come up with. Enjoy!
- 300g (2 ½ cups) plain flour
- 75ml (2.7 fl oz) extra virgin olive oil
- 150ml (5.4 fl oz) warm water
- 2 teaspoons instant rise yeast powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons za’atar mix (thyme, sumac, sesame seeds, salt)
- 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- The man’ouche dough is made following the same recipe as the multipurpose olive oil dough recipe published at Tasty Mediterraneo: In a big bowl combine the flour, the salt and the yeast powder. Make a well in the middle and pour into it the olive oil and the warm water. With a silicon spatula bring the flour in from the sides and mix it well with the liquid. Keep mixing until it all starts to come together, and then keep on mixing with your clean hands and knead it until you have a smooth, not sticky, dough.
- Cover the bowl with a cloth and place in a warm place of the house for at least half an hour until the dough has doubled its volume.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and place it in a clean flour-dusted surface.
- Divide the dough in 4 parts, knead it a bit with your hands and, with the help of a rolling pin (lightly dusted in flour), extend the 4 man’ouche gradually flattening them out.
- In a small bowl mix the za’atar and the olive oil.
- With the help of a spoon, spread the mix on top of each of the 4 man’ouche.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F)
- Bake in the oven for 7 min at 200 degrees C (400 degrees F)
- Remove from the oven and enjoy them warm or cold.