Manakish (Manaeésh or Manakeesh) is one of the traditional pastries in the Levant. It’s a pizza-like pastry, topped with thyme (Zaátar) and Olive Oil mixture. They can be made in small or large sizes. Manakish makes a great breakfast as well as a light supper with a cup of red tea.
Zaátar is a vegetarian nutrient obtained from ground dried thyme leaves, and added to this powder some toasted tiny sesame seeds, little salt, and summac. (Click on link for more info and photo:
Thyme or Zaátar is high in anti-oxidants, and there’s a belief that it improves memory and makes the mind alert, or at least that’s what our parents used to tell us when we were kids 


  • ***for Manakish:

  • 1 portion Dough (check Sfiha Dough)

  • ¾ cup extra virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 cup Thyme mix (Zaátar)(check comment below picture)

  • ***for tomatoes topping mix:

  • 3 medium Tomatoes, finely chopped

  • 2 bundles Rocca leaves(Rocket) (in Arabic: Jarjeer), about 2 cups, coarsely chopped (Read comments belows to check other names for Jarjeer)

  • ¾ cup fresh mint Leaves, coarsely chopped

  • 1 tsp dried mint

  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin Olive Oil

  • 1-2 tsp salt


  • 1.

    Prepare dough as directed in recipe. Leave to rest till it doubles in size.

  • 2.

    Cut dough into walnut-size balls. Roll out to 1 cm thick circles, and arrange in a lightly greased baking tray.

  • 3.

    Prepare filling by mixing thyme (Zaátar) with olive oil and made into a paste. Paste should be thick, if not, add more Zaátar. Place 1 tsp filling over each dough circle and spread.

  • 4.

    Bake in 495F (240C) preheated oven on third top rack for about 10 minutes or till bottom and top sides are golden brown.

  • 5.

    Prepare Tomatoes topping by mixing all ingredients together. Add salt to season.

  • 6.

    Place 1 tsp Tomatoes topping mix over each Manakish circles. Serve warm.

Like this recipe? Subscribe to our newsletter to get more recipes like this delivered striaght to your inbox.

By registering you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Privacy Notice

Metric Converter

Tell us what you think in the comments below


Sign Out

Click to Rate

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.

4 4 4 4 4
Average Rating
2 comments • 1 rating
Please login to comment
Posted by Philippa WightmanReport
Beautiful recipe Huda! One question, what is Rocca? (Basil?) I Googled both Rocca and jareer and found no matches... can you enlighten please?
Am tempted to also add basil and perhaps even some fetta or mozarella... but then it would defeat the purpose of trying your recipe!
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
No Dear , NOT Basil.. it's also called :
English: Rocket, Arugula
French: Roquette
German: Salatrauke, Rauke, Rucola
Greek: Ρόκα Roka , Arogula, Ben hardal, Roket, Roqet
Italian: Rucola, Ruchetta
Spanish: Rúcula, Oruga, Jaramago, Arrúgula, Roqueta
Swedish: Rucolasallat, Eruka
Czech: Roketa
Polish: Rokieta siewna, Rukola
Slovenian: Navadna rukvica
Turkish: Roka, Cercer, Circir, KekeÅŸ

I found the names when searched msn, hope this will help my dear :-)
I think fetta will be great, better than Mozzerella.. But I don't eat cheese, that's y i dodn't put :-D