Saturday, 15 April 2017

Manakish - Zaatar

When I first came across the manakish zaatar recipe, I thought of it to be similar to that of pizza. Yes the base looks very much like that of a pizza base but this manakish is very tatsy with the zaatar spice. I don't think we can have just the pizza base with a spicy powder without the cheese even if it is served hot. I made a small alteration here. I layered with some tomato chutney and then with the zaatar spice powder because I just didn't want the family to reject it.

But later I Felt I should have left the manakish just with just the zaatar spice. I made this manakish for breakfast and I quickly took photos because I had a small doubt that the family members would taste it immediately. I had to leave for gym immediately and I usually have breakfast after coming back from gym. I came back from gym, had a nice bath and was very hungry. I went and opened the plate which had this zaatar and I found a teeny-weeny piece in the plate that was left for me to taste. I tasted it and it was heavenly. Later I had to satisfy my hunger with corn flakes and milk.

RecipeSource: Gayathriscookspot and archanaskitchen
Country: Lebanon

Zaatar - Ingredients:

1 tablespoon sumac powder (or dried lime zest)
1 tablespoon thyme seasoning
1 tablespoon oregano seasoning
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds (powdered)
1 tablespoon pepper powder
A little salt

Zaatar - Method:

Mix all the ingredients listed together and shake well to combine. Your home made zaatar spice mix is ready. Store in air tight container and use as and when required.

Manakish - Ingredients:

Flour – 1 1/4 cups
Water – 1/2 cup
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Sugar – 1/4 tsp
Instant Yeast – 3/4 tsp
Oil – 1/4 cup
Zaatar - 2 tbsp


  • In a bowl mix together flour, salt, sugar and yeast.
  • Add oil and water to make a soft dough.
  • Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes on counter until soft and smooth and elastic.
  • Place in a bowl and cover with cling wrap.
  • Set aside for an hour or until double.
  • Preheat oven to 220 C.
  • Divide the dough into two equal portions.
  • Roll them into thick discs and place on a greased baking tray.
  • Top the discs with zaatar spice mix and some extra sesame seeds.
  • Press it well into the disc.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Serve hot!!

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  1. Manakish zaatar is one of my favourite bread and your looks absolutely gorgeous.

  2. This is a very flavourful bread , we all simply love it , the zaatar and Sumac both give a heavenly flavour to the bread . Sad you couldn't get a large piece of bread !

  3. The flavors sound awesome in a bread. You should bake this once more just for you :)

  4. That does look very flavorful. I haven't tried Sumac, that's new to me. Nice bake!

  5. It is always tough to manage a click of a dish when made for breakfast. Too bad you had to settle for cereal and milk. This bread looks lovely Ruchi. Zaatar would be really flavourful!

  6. Long back, I had the recipe of Manakish, but didn't bookmark thinking that zatar is not available here. Since you have given the recipe of zatar, now I can try this. Thanks for giving the recipe of Zatar.

  7. That's a wonderful bread to bake!..looks so inviting..

  8. Awesome.. I am posting this too but under Z ;-) ;-) Love your version very nice.

  9. Wow, that is an interesting pizza :-) Manakish with za'atar looks amazing and from your post it sounds like it tasted amazing too :-)

  10. I am yet to try this bread. It looks super yummy with zaatar spice.

  11. Anything is Zaatar spice is an yummy bake.. Totally loved it!!