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Simple Whole Wheat Mankoushe Dough

March 19, 2020

Very simple and very basic dough recipe for a mankoushe (Lebanese flat bread). The secret is in the olive oil honestly, be generous with it. You can top it with anything that you want.

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For a regular manoushe substitute the wholewheat flour with bread flour or if not available then AP flour.

For a saj manoushe, the trick is to get any deep pa, flip it on the stove and heat it well. Stretch your dough as thin as you can before putting it on your makeshift saj

Simple whole wheat dough for mankoushe

Very basic, very easy, and very yummy.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Lebanese


  • 300 g Whole wheat flour
  • 2.5 tsp Instant yeast
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water ( ideally at 40C if you have thermometer)


  • Add half the amount of flour into a bowl, mix in the sugar, yeast, and salt.
  • Add the olive oil and the warm water (make sure it’s not very hot or else it will kill the yeast) and mix with your hand.
  • Add the rest of the flour and knead until it forms a ball
  • Shape into a ball, add olive oil to the bowl you were using making sure to coat the sides and add the dough. Drizzle the top with some more olive oil
  • Let dough rise for 30-60 mins or until it has doubled
  • To make a zaatar mankoushe: heat a pan on high heat, meanwhile mix olive oil and thyme. Once hot, place the rolled dough on the pan, heat it on both sides until bubbling, spread thyme mixture and allow to cook for a few mins. Don’t overcook or it’ll be too crunchy.


  • You can replace half quantity of flour with bread flour, it’ll give you a more “realistic” manoushe taste. 

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