Olive & Sumak Manakeesh

Olive & Sumak Manakeesh

From   Hi Tea

Prep: 45 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Snack

This is an open pizza popular in the Mediterranean region


  • Black olives, seeded and chopped 75 gms
  • Sumac 40 gms
  • Active dry yeast 40 gms
  • All purpose flour 400 gms
  • Salt ½ tbsp
  • Olive oil 4 tbsps
  • Hung yogurt ⅔ cup
  • Fresh parsley, chopped 2 tbsps
  • Toasted sesame seeds 1 tbsp
  • Black pepper powder to taste
  • Dried thyme 2 tsps
  • Processed cheese, grated 2 tbsps


  • Take yeast in a small bowl, add a little warm water and mix well. Set aside to activate.
  • Take flour in a mixing bowl, add the activated yeast, salt, 2 tbsps olive oil and sufficient water and knead into a soft dough. Cover with a damp cloth and rest the dough for around 30 minutes.
  • Preheat an oven to 200º C.
  • For the stuffing, take yogurt in a bowl, add olives, parsley, toasted sesame seeds, salt, black pepper powder, thyme and sumac powder and mix. Add cheese and mix.
  • When the dough has fully risen, place it onto a floured surface and knock back. Roll into a disc. Spread the stuffing mixture on it. Brush with remaining olive oil.
  • Keep this on a baking tray, keep the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the dough is crispy and brown.
  • Cut into triangles, arrange on a serving platter and serve warm.