The Almighty Lebanese Zaatar Man'ouche
Crunchy, tasty and delicious Lebanese Zaatar Man’ouche is all what you need to have a great start of the day.
Every morning, literally every morning, we had Lebanese Man'ouche for breakfast at home in Lebanon. Zaatar is a plant found abundantly in the Middle East, cultivated and then mixed with other spices like sumac, salt and sesame seeds to make a blend of aromatic and salty Zaatar. In every middle-eastern house, you can find a Zaatar mix which can be used to prepare a delicious Man’ouche or Zaatar rolls to name few.
But what's Man’ouche?
Man’ouche is a flatbread garnished with Zaatar + olive oil or cheese, ham (called lahm bi ajin) or labneh and served with or without vegetables. But the superstar is without any doubt the Zaatar Man’ouche. It's a very humble breakfast and yet has marked my childhood memories a lot and even more after my arrival to France.
I remember the school breaks with my friends eating mana'ich, I can even remember the taste and the smell;
I remember the first time I bought a ready-made dough to prepare my first Zaatar Man’ouche ever in France (and it was a huge achievement for me). And how can I forget my dearest 1 kg jar of Zaatar that my parents know they MUST offer me as a souvenir every time I visit them in Lebanon.
All this to tell you, that I love Zaatar; -oops I forgot one more thing! This one is epic!
When I was 3 months pregnant, I was craving ONE type of Man’ouche, from one specific bakery in Lebanon. The funny thing is that I ate only once from this bakery, but the taste was so satisfying and remarkable that out of nowhere when I was pregnant, I wanted THAT Man’ouche! & we managed to bring to France a dozen of Lebanese Man’ouche right from that famous bakery! Yeyyy 🎉
To make your own Man'ouche at home, you can follow chef Leyla fathallah’s recipe from her latest book called: “Set Bet Ma’ Leyla”.
Lebanese zaatar man’ouche Recipe
Preparation time: 30 min; Cooking time: 10-15 min; Serves: 5.
- Flatbread Ingredients:
- 1/2 kgs flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. granulated sugar dissolved in a hot cup of water
- Filling ingredients:
- 1/2 cup Zaatar mix
- 1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Mix all the flatbread ingredients together until blend.
- Let it rest for 15 minutes.
- Roll the dough on a flat board covered with flour.
- Cut as much dough as needed and spread the olive oil + Zaatar mix on top of it.
- Bake for 15 min.
Tip: You can top the Man'ouche with vegetables like tomato, cucumber, parsley, olives, radish or any other type of veggie, and you're ready to have the most delicious treat ever. Sahten/bon appétit/buen provecho :)
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P.S.: You can find Zaatar in any Middle-eastern spices shop.