How to Make Manakish – UAE Food Recipes

Manakish is one of the most flavorful and aromatic flatbreads eaten throughout the Middle East, particularly in the UAE. It contains dry yeast, flour, olive oil, and Za’atar. So, considering the number of ingredients, Manakish is a simple-to-make dish. If you want to make Manakish at your home, follow the list of ingredients and instructions in this post. Read on!

Table of Contents


  • One teaspoon of active dry yeast
  • 150 milliliters of warm water
  • 250 grams of flour
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • One teaspoon of sugar
  • Six tablespoons of olive oil
  • Three tablespoons of za’atar
  • 150 grams of halloumi
  • Lemon for serving


  1. Use lukewarm water to dissolve yeast
  2. Add flour, sugar, and salt to a bowl
  3. Now add the yeast mixture and one-third olive oil
  4. Use your hands to knead and make dough for five minutes
  5. Now, make a ball from the dough and place it in a large bowl
  6. Use oil for topping and plastic wrap for covering
  7. Set aside for at least 60 minutes
  8. Create a log after the dough has risen
  9. Divide the log into four equal parts or pieces
  10. Use a parchment-lined sheet to place the divided logs
  11. Press gently to form flatbreads
  12. Cover with a kitchen towel for some time
  13. Mix za’atar with olive oil and grate halloumi
  14. Now, add the za’atar mixture and combine the ingredients
  15. Heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  16. Stretch out the flatbreads and top each with halloumi mixture and za’atar
  17. You can also drizzle some olive oil
  18. Once prepared, transfer the flatbreads to the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes
  19. Serve with lemon wedges to your family or friends