Lebanese flatbread (Man’ooshe)
July 12, 2010 • Category: Savory Pastries
Even Lebanese hunks make man’ooshe!
No one will deny that the French without their baguette can no longer be considered French; such is the case for the Lebanese and theirman’ooshe.
Man’ooshe is a flatbread that is shaped like a round pizza and eaten for breakfast with various toppings; always freshly baked from a neighborhood oven; cost varies depending on the topping, but usually starts at 75 cents or so for a man’ooshe topped with zaatar (a thyme mixture) and olive oil.
If you eat your man’ooshe like most Lebanese folks on the go before heading for work, you can be guaranteed that you will not feel hungry for hours.
The most common toppings are zaatar and olive oil, my favorite; cheeses (a variety); kishek (a bulgur and yogurt and tomato mixture); all these toppings are offered with fresh vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, purslane, arugula, sprinkled liberally on the man’ooshe which is then folded and presented encased in a piece of white paper.
The common belief is this: the pungency of the zaatar topping is neutralized by the fresh vegetables.
Here is my favorite man’ooshe version, tasted at Souk el-Tayeb, made with a whole-wheat dough, topped with zaatar and olive oil and wrapped around a salad of fresh purslane and tomatoes.
- 1 batch of dough: clickhere for a recipe.
- 1 batch of zaatar
- olive oil
- Salad: a bunch of purslane, chopped tomatoes, a bit of chopped onion, dressing made up of olive oil, a dash of sumac and bit of lemon juice, salt to taste.
Clickhere for a man’ooshe with kishek recipe (red pepper, walnuts, kishek, onion)
51 Comments • Comments Feed
On July 12, 2010 at 10:01 am
I’ve tried man’ooshe before and this is definitely looking so delicious!
On July 12, 2010 at 10:32 am
I need to cook gluten-free, do you think I could substitute a gluten-free pizza crust recipe? Or would that be the wrong consistency?
On July 12, 2010 at 10:35 am
@ Sarah: why not? gluten-free or not, what counts is the topping of your choice, in my humble opinion!
On July 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm
T.W. Barritt says:
I like a substantial breakfast!
On July 12, 2010 at 10:51 am
I’ve got to make this, or maybe I should have my husband make it. 😀 I have some zaatar already and I was planning on making some bread to use it on. Perfect! Thanks!
On July 12, 2010 at 10:55 am
Oh I love manoushi very much, I like to make it on a regular basis, and put just a simple topping, such as za’atar.
On July 12, 2010 at 10:56 am
This looks like a great snack. I’ll definitely have to try it.
On July 12, 2010 at 10:57 am
Who says every country doesn’t have their own form of pizza? The French pile ham and cheese on their baguettes and that hunk in the photo is piling on a salad….much the better idea!
On July 12, 2010 at 11:04 am
Recipe for Delicious says:
Looks delicious! So versatile!
On July 12, 2010 at 11:27 am
Ah, stuff on bread, everyone’s favourite – especially that stuff – za’atar! Yum. Are you still in Beirut then?
On July 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm
Droolworthy and gorgeous flatbread…makes me hungry..
On July 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm
That is the kind of snack I crave all the time! Fantastic Middle eastern flatbreads/pizzas!
On July 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Great photos! In the lower photograph it looks like she is making whole wheat man’oosh by the color of the dough. love the topping ideas.
On July 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm
Natures perfect recipe, bites of heaven, and it’s making me drool, I vividly remember part of my youth living in Ashrafieh mixing the zaatar, and taking it to our neighborhood bakery, and forming them on the fresh dough, we absolutely loved it. Thank you Joumana for recapturing my youth, it is awesome.
On July 12, 2010 at 1:01 pm
oh what a cute post, I love this, I could see myself enjoying this for breakfast, lunch or dinner..yum
On July 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm
Amber @Almost Vegan says:
This looks and sounds so good! I still need to buy or make some za’atar seasoning.
On July 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Great! I still wait for preparing Lebanon dinner for Polish my friends (most of them are on holiday now).
Joumana – every nation has its own bread, and it is nice to read and to find out that you have your own in Lebanon, too. Baguette in France, Man’Ooshe in Lebanon and whole rye bread in Poland. Thanks for commenting my last post; us, who grew up in countries hit by the history, poor, destroyed, and not attractive for foreigners, will understand each other without saying too many words…on the other hand, for people, who grew up in a “normal” country, it is difficult to understand all those absurds..don’t you think so ?
On July 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm
Szalony Kucharz says:
Beautiful flatbread. Just goes to show what universal thing bread is. Will definitely try to make man’ooshe at home, as I am bread-obsessed.
On July 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm
Oooh, another wonderful use for za’atar! With a side of yogurt this is the perfect light meal!
On July 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm
tobias cooks! says:
Looks like a ceremony to me. Delicious.
On July 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm
I am feeling lazy, I will call for delivery. Does the Lebanese hunk do delivery in Canada?
On July 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm
Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:
This looks so good I would have it any time of the day. I will have to also try this. So much food…so little time. I passed on your blog info to a Lebanese friend of mine who wants to learn more about cooking Lebanese food. I hope she checks in.
On July 12, 2010 at 6:28 pm
I have tried making several flatbreads..tortilla,naan, roti, pita …I am definitely trying your man’ooshe recipe,..thanks for sharing, and the zaatar too, hope I can find sumac here.
On July 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm
There’s a bakery in Melbourne. Australia that is famous for this bread! I LOVE it! Thanks for the recipe!
On July 12, 2010 at 7:45 pm
Magic of Spice says:
Love this, I usually like them with chopped garlic and basil with a bit of olive oil…These variations looks so good:)
On July 12, 2010 at 9:13 pm
Lovely post, enjoyed the pictures 🙂
On July 12, 2010 at 9:32 pm
I constantly want to eat my screen when I visit your site. 🙂
On July 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm
This is the best breakfast!! I miss having a good man’oushe! Yalla 12 more days 🙂
On July 13, 2010 at 12:48 am
Lentil Breakdown says:
Both man and man’ ooshe are making me drool. I’d like a hunk of both varieties, please.
On July 13, 2010 at 12:59 am
Sushma Mallya says:
On July 13, 2010 at 2:38 am
Love this post, like to know your local foods, this flatbread sound simple and good, for me, I would love to eat it with curry, must be very yummy.
On July 13, 2010 at 3:28 am
Why in all my carb-addicted life have I never had this before? Hmmm. That needs to be remedied. It looks delicious!
On July 13, 2010 at 5:11 am
This looks delicious. I wish I had a bite right now. I have just returned from work and I am starving.
On July 13, 2010 at 6:32 am
I love Lebanese flatbread. I have not prepared it myself yet, however, I eat it a quite a bit — I have friends that own a beautiful little middle eastern cafe in the bay area and the food is always so perfect. I look forward to the bread and za’atar.
On July 13, 2010 at 9:47 am
joudie's mood food says:
Joumana, i love love love manooshe. I have wanted a recipe for the bread for ages and this seems to be the perfect one. Are you still in Lebanon? I am still going around greece with rubbish internet connection but relaxing. Keep the lovely recipes coming!!!!
On July 13, 2010 at 11:02 am
Thanks for sharing this famous bread. Man ‘ooshe looks like thin crust pizza and the topping’s were interesting.
On July 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm
Chef E says:
I love Za’atar when I discovered it! This dish looks delicious! You changed the website up a bit? Love it too…
On July 13, 2010 at 4:09 pm
The name even sounds manly 🙂 Another new wonderful food!
On July 13, 2010 at 7:17 pm
Oui, Chef says:
I am so excited that you have posted man’ooshe, as my wife and I have been trying for a while to find one that reminds her of the breads she ate when living in Lebanon. Yours looks fabulous….can’t wait to give it a try. – S
On July 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm
Lea Ann says:
Every country has their own version of what I call Pizza. Love it. Also love seeing that Diesel Jeans T-shirt. The best fitting pair of jeans that I’ve ever owned were Diesel brand. They’re hard to find in the states.
On July 14, 2010 at 6:53 am
It seems that in the old world, there are more savory options for breakfast. I’d certainly go for the cheese man’ooshe, with some purslane on top like in that photo.
On July 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm
Oui en effet, je vois que les beaux libanais mettent la main à la pâte, un homme qui cuisine, je trouve ça épatant surtout que je n’en voit pas souvent. J’adore ces pains plats, genre galette, merci pour la recette, je vais m’y mettre un de ces jours!
On July 14, 2010 at 11:38 pm
Bria @ WestofPersia says:
What a good-looking man, I mean, man’ooshe! 😉
On July 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm
This would be perfect for any meal.
On July 15, 2010 at 11:10 pm
These are great with a side of fresh Labneh
On July 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm
Oh my, what a dish! And the man’ooshe looks quite good as well! ; )
On July 18, 2010 at 12:13 pm
Love this blog but your links for the dough and a man’ooshe with kishek recipe do not work I love making different breads and would like to make some man’ooshe please could you sort the links.
On March 28, 2015 at 8:55 am
Kristi Abuissa says:
Hi Joumana, I second Stephen’s comments, I’ve been browsing the blog with admiration for some time. However, the link for the flatbread dough that should be here: https://www.tasteofbeirut.com/2009/09/manooshe-zaatar-on-the-saj-or-bbq-grill/ doesn’t work anymore.
On October 4, 2015 at 4:42 pm
Kristi Abuissa says:
I think I found the correct link for the dough, this looks like it: https://www.tasteofbeirut.com/manooshe-zaatar-on-the-saj-or-bbq-grill/
On October 4, 2015 at 4:48 pm