Manakish Za’atar

Manakish Za’atar is a popular breakfast flatbread made in the Middle East which is soft inside and crunchy outside topped with za’atar spices.

The Manakish recipe is from my recent favourite book Paul Hollywood’s Bread” target=”_blank”>Paul Hollywood’s Bread and it turned out awesome. The texture and the taste both were amazing and my family went crazy for the bread, they totally loved it.

As I am going to post Lebanese recipes for this week, Manakish is the first recipe for the same. While going through Lebanese cuisine, I came to know so many wonderful recipes and the liberal use of olive oil, lemon, herbs and garlic are what makes it more interesting. I served it with yummy and flavorful baba ganoush and we had a satisfying and delicious meal.

Some Lebanese recipes on the blog

Blogging Marathon#79 Week1/Day1
Theme-Lebanese Recipes
Dish-Manakish Za’atar
SourcePaul Hollywood’s Bread” target=”_blank”>Paul Hollywood’s Bread

5 from 1 vote
Manakish Za'atar
Prep Time
1 hrs
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 15 mins

A popular breakfast flatbread made in the Middle East which is soft inside and crunchy outside topped with za'atar spices.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Servings: 3 People
Author: Sapana Behl
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 7 g fast action dried yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup tepid water
For Za'atar spice
  • 4 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon marjoram
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  1. In a mixing bowl add flour, salt, sugar and yeast. 

  2. Add in half of the water and mix with fingers. Now add the remaining water and make a smooth fine dough.

  3. Using oil or dry flour onto the work surface, knead the dough for about 8 to 10 minutes or until elastic and smooth.

  4. Once done cover the dough in an oiled bowl and let it rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

  5. Meanwhile, mix all the ingredients for za'atar spice mix and set aside.

  6. Place the dough onto a floured surface and knuckle down to remove all the air. 

  7. Divide the dough into 3 pieces and shape into round balls.

  8. Roll each ball into a large circle and place on 2 baking trays lined with parchment paper.

  9. Spread the za'atar seasoning onto each round and leave to rest for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 210° C.

  10. Bake the manakish in the middle rack of the oven for about 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

  11. Serve with baba ganoush.

Recipe Notes

You may use cheese, spinach, or any non-vegetarian topping on manakish.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 bread
Servings Per Container 3

Amount Per Serving
Calories 788 Calories from Fat 241.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26.8g 41%
Saturated Fat 3.8g 19%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 785mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 120.1g 40%
Dietary Fiber 7.4g 30%
Sugars 3.2g
Protein 18.5g 37%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.



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11 comments on “Manakish Za’atar”

  1. Gayathri says:

    I have made it and just loved it. The combination of bread and zaatar is divine. You have made it perfect Sapana..

  2. Preeti says:

    Bread look so nicely done.. love this flavor..

  3. Jyoti says:

    Mouth watering bread. Those pics are making me drool. 😛

  4. Varada says:

    The bread looks awesome with the zataar spices. Lovely pictures. I have some of that spice. Want to try the bread right away.

  5. Zaatar spice in any bake is just lovely.. Lovely share Sapna..

  6. I made this a few years ago in one of the mega marathons. This is one of my fave mid eastern foods

  7. Vaishali says:

    This Lebanese bread is one of the most popular and delicious breads of Lebanese cuisine , you have made it beautifully .

  8. I have read so much about manakish zaatar, I think now I should make it. By giving the recipe of zaatar, you have made it easier

  9. Yum!, your composition makes me want to grab it right away!..very nicely done..

  10. This bread is on my to do list for so long. Yours looks so tempting. I should bake it soon as I’ve got a jarful of zaatar spice in my fridge.

  11. lovely manakish sapana!this is in my to-do list for such a long time, never got to do it! your post reminds me the bookmark again!! 🙂

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