Man'ooshe is a Lebanese flat bread that is widely available in every street bakery in Lebanon. It is commonly served with a spread called Za'tar made from sumac, sesame seeds and salt and topped with tomatoes , onions and salads of choice wrapped up and enjoyed.The man'ooshe can also be used as a pizza base and topped with your favourite cheese and toppings.
The authentic recipe for the man'ooshe can be found here. I have adapted the recipe to suit my taste.
500 g / 16 oz plain purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon quick yeast
250 ml hand hot water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic paste
1 tablespoon fresh coriander finely chopped.
Ingredients for za'tar:
1 teaspoon thyme leaves,
1tablespoon sesame seeds,
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp red chilly flask,
2 to 3 tbsp olive oil
Mix all ingredients to make a spread.
1. In a bowl combine the flour,salt, yeast and sugar and mix well.
2. Add water a little at a time and make a dough that is soft and pliable.
3.Transfer the dough onto a flat floured surface and knead for 2-3 gradually adding the oil.
4. Return the dough to the bowl rub with oil and cover with a tea towel and leave it in a warm place for the dough to rise for 2-3 hours.
5. Once the dough has risen, knock the air out remove it from the bowl onto a floured surface, add the garlic paste and fresh coriander and knead again for 2-3 minutes.
6. Dive the dough into 12 pieces and roll each out into a 8 inch diameter flat bread.
7. Heat a skillet and place the flat bread on it, cook for 2-3 minutes and then flip it and cook for 2-3 minutes more until brown spots appear on it.
8. Remove from skillet and keep wrapped in a clean tea towel and repeat for rest of dough.
9. Serve spread with za'tar or plain with curry of choice or as pizza base.
You can check out how to make Man'ooshe with za'tar here.
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