Mini Za’atar Man-oushi

Mini Za’atar Man-oushi

Mini Za’atar Man-oushi 1752 1370 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Mini Za’atar 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 za’atar herb can be served warm or cold – delicious either way.

mini za'atar man-oushi served on a wooden board-WEB-001


  • 1 sachet dry yeast (7 grams)
  • ¼ cup lukewarm water
  • 500 grams self rasing flour
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • za’atar herb to sprinkle

Cook’s Note

*you can easily use a store-bought pizza dough
*Za’atar herb can be found in specialty Middle Eastern stores


Step 1. 
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 2 ½ cups of 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).

Step 2.
Cut the dough into 8 even pieces. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes to an hour.

Small balls of fresh homemade pizza dough on floured wooden

Step 3. 
Sprinkle the bench with a little flour before rolling out each round to prevent it from sticking. Roll out into approximately ½ cm in thickness. Using a round cutter, cut into the desired size.

With a fork, prick each dough all over.

mini za'atar man-oushi rounds pricked with fork

Step 4. 
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 za’atar herb immediately.

Makes approximately 50 mini pieces

Sahtan – Enjoy In Good Health