Manakish ( Pita)Zaatar ….DFT


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Manakish ( Pita)Zaatar ….DFT


Manakish is a flatbread covered with various toppings, commonly eaten in Lebanon, Syria, and other nearby countries. The most common variety is manakish zaatar, flatbread covered with a mixture of olive oil, thyme, sumac and sesame seeds before it is baked. Today I bring to you Diabetics friendly

Serves 10-12

For the Bread we will need :

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup Soy bean Flour
2 tsp. fresh yeast or 4 tsp. dried active yeast
1/2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup warm water

Zaatar topping*

3 tablespoons dried thyme
3 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup pre-made zaatar blend


1. In a bowl, place the yeast and sugar and pour over some lukewarm water. Leave in a warm spot for about 15 minutes until frothy.

2. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl. Add salt .

3. Pour the frothy yeast into the flour and mix well to form a soft dough.

4. Pour olive oil on the side of your mixing bowl and work into the dough. The dough should become soft and smooth .

5.Cover with cling film or damp cloth and leave in a warm spot to double in size (about 15-20 mins.)
Knock back the dough and divide into 10 to 12equal portions. Leave to rest again for about 5-10 mins.

6.Preheat oven to 400°F. Place a baking stone or baking sheet in the oven as it heats.

7.Knead the dough briefly and divide it into 10-12 balls.

8.Meanwhile, combine the zaatar topping ingredients in a small bowl.

9.On a lightly floured surface, flatten each ball of dough and roll it into a circle 1/8-inch thick and about 7-8 inches in diameter.

10.Press each circlele with your fingertips to make little indentations for the topping to rest in. Spread 3/4 TBS of zaatar topping over each round, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges.

11. Bake until lightly browned and crisp, about 8 -10 minutes..


For Manakish Zaatar Chips

Preheat the Oven at 350 *F

Cut a Manakish Zaartar in 8 equal parts and bake in preheated oven for 10-15 mins or until crisp … Serve with your choice of dip .. We love to have them with hummus or any dips of your choice ..

INGREDIENTS for preparing Zaatar at home
1/4 cup sumac
2 tablespoons thyme
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
2 tablespoons marjoram
2 tablespoons oregano
1 teaspoon coarse salt


Coarsely Grind the sesame seeds in food processor or with mortar and pestle. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Store za’atar in a cool, dark place in a plastic zip bag or in an airtight container. When stored properly, za’atar can be used from 3-6 months.

Whole Wheat Flour

Whole wheat is rich in vitamins B1, B2, and B3 along with zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, folic acid, phosphorus and fiber. Whole wheat products retain all these nutrients and help keep our health in check. The magnesium content in wheat is believed to be responsible for activating enzymes in the body that balance out insulin production and glucose levels.

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Soy Flour…

The glycemic index, or GI, classifies carbohydrate-containing foods based on their blood glucose response with regard to a given amount of carbohydrate in the food. Low GI foods such as soy flour slow digestion and delay stomach emptying. This slows the release of carbohydrate, a form of sugar, into the bloodstream and helps improve blood sugar control in people with Type 2 Diabetic ..

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I am not a nutritionist or dietician. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietician before making any changes to your diet.

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  1. We just bought some za’atar flatbreads the other day from a supermarket, and they were marvellous! It’s so fortunate to have found your recipe right after!

  2. I love these breads with zaatar! Brings back fond memories of my time in the middle east! What amazing food. Wish I could taste some of yours!

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