Make your own manakish

  • Bunnik Tours
  • 20 May 20

A traditional dish from the Levant Region of the Middle East, manakish is a delicious bread dish that is sometimes refered to as an Arabic pizza.

Manakish by Mervat Salman

Manakish by Mervat Salman

Its name is derived from the the Arabic word manqūshah, which comes from the root verb naqasha meaning 'to sculpt or carve', and refers to the dough being rolled flat.  

It can be served with a range of toppings including za'atar, haloumi, tomato, egg and more! It's best served fresh out the oven and is often eaten as breakfast. 

While you can find this delcious treat from many street vendours, why not give it a try yourself and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home?



  • 1 cup shredded haloumi cheese
  • 1/2 cup za'atar mix
  • Olive oil


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp active dry yest
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 warm water


Mix flour, salt and yeast in a bowl.

Make well in middle and add water and oil.

Mix using hands until dough is formed.

Knead for for 5 minutes.

Cover and set aside for 60 minutes until dough doubles in size.

Preheat oven to oven 200C.

Place dough on floured surface and cut into four pieces.

Roll out the pieces you will be using, other pieces can be stored in fridge or freezer.

Place on parchment paper and brush with olive oil.

Spinkle with za'atar and haloumi before placing in the oven for 15 minutes or golden brown.