Zaatar Cheese Manakeesh

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Zaater Cheese Manakeesh (also known as manaqish and manakish; singular manousheh)is a common traditional breakfast in the Middle Eastern countries. This breakfast is enjoyed not only by the native people but also the expatriates.
Basically it is a flatbread with Zaatar mix and olive oil topping. There are various other options for the topping such Labnah or spinach. It is very easy to make except for the rising time needed.
Zaatar is a mix of thyme, sesame and sumac powder (red berry powder having a subtle lemony flavour) which is mixed with olive oil and spread on the Manakeesh.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Served AsBreakfast
Recipe Taste Salty, Savoury, Sweet
Servings 5


  • 350 gm Refined flour maida equivalent to 2 & 1/2 cups
  • 1 tsp Active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 250 ml Water lukewarm
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil extra virgin
  • Maida for dusting

For Zaatar Mix OR use ready zaatar mix if available about 40 grams and mix with olive oil

  • 2 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1 tsp Sumac ground
  • 1 tbsp Sesame seeds toasted
  • 4 -5 tbsp Olive oil


  • 1 cup Akkawi cheese grated, you can also use halloumi cheese, cheddar or mozzarella which ever is available locally


  • In a bowl combine yeast, sugar and lukewarm water. Cover and keep aside for 10 minutes
  • In another wide mixing bowl take refined flour, salt and oil.
  • Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and mix to form a dough
  • Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is elastic and smooth.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with damp cloth or cling/wrap film. Leave it for 1 and 1/2 hour until dough doubles in size.
  • When the dough has doubled, take it on a work surface and punch down to remove the air.
  • Divide the dough into equal parts and shape into balls.
  • Again cover these balls for 20 to 30 minutes for a second rise.
  • On a floured surface flatten each ball with a rolling pin to approximately 6" diameter discs.
  • Place the discs on a baking tray.
  • Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius
  • Combine Zaatar mix and olive oil to make the topping.
  • Spread zaatar-oil mix on one half and cheese on the other half of each flattened disc leaving 1/2" border all around.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes until golden.
  • Serve hot (Yields about 10 Manakeesh)

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Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 367 kcal | Carbohydrates: 56 g | Protein: 13 g | Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 23 mg | Sodium: 667 mg | Potassium: 110 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 254 IU | Vitamin C: 0.2 mg | Calcium: 197 mg | Iron: 4 mg

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Neha Pahilwani
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