Mini Zaatar Man-oushi, a staple at street fairs, these crispy, delicious treats like you’ve never experienced before. A little different from the traditional man-oushi and they are remarkably easy to make at home.
Homemade fried dough is so simple to prepare. The dough is soft and flexible and rolls out beautifully. Having said that you can also use store-bought pizza dough.
This is my mother in law’s traditional dough recipe that she has been making for decades. These little morsels sprinkled with tangy Zaatar herb can be served warm or cold – delicious either way.
As you might already know, I love playing with flavours and adding my twist to more traditional recipes. Many times, I’ll get to create a new variation for a recipe just because I was thinking of how I could substitute certain ingredients. That’s how the Manoushi toppings: 9 topping combinations came about.
- 1 sachet dry yeast (7 grams)
- ¼ cup lukewarm water
- 500 grams self-raising flour
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
- vegetable oil for frying
- zaatar herb to sprinkle
*you can easily use a store-bought pizza dough
*Zaatar herb can be found in specialty Middle Eastern stores
*To freeze, line a tray that fits into your freezer with baking paper. Arrange the uncooked pricked dough rounds on it making sure they do not touch. Freeze overnight. Once frozen, place in a plastic bag and back into the freezer.
In the bowl of your stand up mixer or a large bowl if you are kneading by hand, add the lukewarm water, and yeast, let sit for 5 minutes until frothy, then stir to combine.
Add flour, yogurt, salt, olive oil, and with the hook attachment, start to combine on low speed adding lukewarm water as required (approximately ¾ – 1 cups of lukewarm water). Raise to medium speed and continue to knead for approximately 5 minutes or until you have a smooth elastic dough (you may need to scrape the hook halfway through kneading).
Cut the dough into 8 even pieces. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes to an hour.
Sprinkle the bench with a little flour before rolling out each round to prevent it from sticking. Roll out each portion into approximately ½ cm in thickness. Using a round cutter, cut into the desired size. With a fork, prick each dough all over. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough.
If you are planning on freezing these, skip step 4 (See Cook’s Note)
In a frying pan, add enough vegetable oil to cover the dough rounds. Turn on medium heat and fry dough until golden in colour. Turn over and fry for another minute or so.
Place on a paper towel and sprinkle with zaatar herb immediately.
Mini Zaatar Manoushi is a must at any Middle Eastern Breakfast. But if you are after a recipe without the extra time and fuss, these mini Zaatar croissants are sinfully easy to make and are absolutely delicious.
Makes approximately 50 mini pieces
Why you will love these Mini Zatar Manoushi:
Served warm or cold – Delicious Either Way.
A little different from the traditional Man-oushi
Easy To Make
Can Freeze Uncooked Dough Rounds
Sahtan – Enjoy In Good Health