Think something like a cross between the Indian flatbread – a Naan and a pita bread, lo and behold there you’ve got your very own flatbread from Lebanon – the exotic sounding “Man’oushe”.
Think something like a cross between the Indian chutney, a mishmash of ingredients and the pesto, an amalgamation of crushed herbs and nuts – lo and behold there you get another exotica “the Za’atar”.
This exotic concoction prepared with simple ingredients like a flatbread and a herb topping is a specialty bread from Lebanon comparable to the yours truly all time favourite “the pizza!!” It can be relished as a part of a sit down meal or rolled, folded or cut into pieces to be eaten “on the go” like a fast food. This divinity from Lebanon is a healthy food option with supplies of carbohydrates and the vitamins, minerals and essential oils coming from the herb and sesame seed topping which adds the zing too.
All Purpose Flour – 8 cups
Whole Wheat Flour – 2 cups
Warm Water – 3 cups
Yeast – 1 tblsp
Salt – 1 tsp
White Sugar – 1 tsp
Olive Oil – 2 cups
Prepare the yeast by mixing it with the salt, sugar and warm water in a large bowl.
Add the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour and olive oil.
Mix well and form a dough.
Now shape the dough into rounds or elongated oval shapes on a floured work surface. Arrange these rounds or oval shaped dough on a baking tray lined with baking sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven at 180 degrees for about half an hour till the bread is lightly browned.
Dried Oregano – 1 Tblsp
Sesame Seeds – 1 Tblsp (roasted)
Sumac – 1 Tblsp
Kosher Salt – ½ Tsp
Chilli Flakes – ¼ tsp (optional)
Mix all the ingredients and crush or make a paste in a mortar and pestle. Mix with a little olive oil.
Spread the Za’atar mixed with olive oil over the flatbread before baking or the same can be spread over the baked flatbread to be relished as the Man’oushe with Za’atar!!!