Malawach Recipe – Yemenite Jewish

Are you looking for a recipe to make Malawach, the delicious bread from Yemenite Jewish?

I’ve put together some information on how to get started below but I’d recommend that you join our waitlist to be notified when I publish the traditional Malawach recipe and variations.

How To Make Malawach

Malawach is a delicious flatbread that originated from the Yemenite Jewish community. It is a layered bread that is fried to perfection, resulting in a crispy exterior. This flatbread is often enjoyed with grated tomato or honey, adding a burst of flavor to every bite.

The history of Malawach dates back to the Yemenite Jews who brought this recipe with them when they migrated to Israel. It is believed to have been influenced by the traditional Yemeni cuisine, where flatbreads are commonly prepared. Over time, Malawach has become a popular dish in Israel and is enjoyed by people from different backgrounds. Its versatility allows it to be served as a main course or as a snack, making it a beloved choice among locals and visitors alike.
The estimated cost to make this recipe for Malawach flatbread is relatively low. The main ingredients needed are flour, butter, salt, and water, which are all affordable and commonly found in most kitchens. Additional toppings such as grated tomato or honey can be added according to personal preference, but they are not necessary for the basic recipe. Overall, the cost of making this flatbread should be minimal and budget-friendly.

In terms of time, making Malawach flatbread requires some preparation and cooking time. The dough needs to be prepared by mixing the flour, butter, salt, and water, which takes about 10-15 minutes. After the dough is made, it needs to rest for about 30 minutes to allow it to rise. Once the dough has rested, it can be rolled out and fried in a pan until it becomes crispy and golden brown, which takes approximately 5-7 minutes per flatbread. Therefore, the total time to make this recipe, including preparation and cooking.

Malawach Ingredients

The main ingredients for Malawach flatbread are flour, water, salt, and butter. The dough is made by mixing the flour and salt together, then slowly adding water until a smooth dough is formed. The dough is then rolled out and spread with butter, folded over, and rolled out again. This process is repeated several times to create layers in the dough. The flatbread is then fried in a pan until it is crispy and golden brown.

To make Malawach flatbread, you will need a mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, a rolling pin, a frying pan, and a spatula. It is important to have a non-stick frying pan to prevent the flatbread from sticking. A pastry brush can also be used to spread the butter onto the dough. Once the flatbread is cooked, it can be served with grated tomato or honey for a sweet or savory flavor. Malawach flatbread is a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast,.

Malawach Recipe

To prepare Malawach, start by combining flour, salt, and water in a mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients until they form a smooth dough. Next, divide the dough into small portions and roll each portion into a thin, flat circle. Brush the surface of each circle with oil and fold it into a square shape. Repeat this process for all the portions. Then, cover the dough squares with a clean cloth and let them rest for about 30 minutes. After the resting time, heat a frying pan over medium heat and add oil. Fry each square of dough until it turns golden brown and crispy on both sides. Serve the Malawach with grated tomato or honey for a delicious treat…(full recipe on the way)

To cook Malawach, start by heating a frying pan over medium heat. Take a portion of the dough and roll it out into a thin, flat circle. Place the rolled dough onto the hot pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until it turns golden brown and crispy. Repeat this process with the remaining dough portions.

Once all the flatbreads are cooked, you can serve them with grated tomato or honey. To serve with grated tomato, simply grate a fresh tomato and sprinkle it over the flatbread. If you prefer a sweeter taste, drizzle some honey over the flatbread instead. Enjoy the crispy and delicious Malawach as a snack or as a side dish with your favorite meal…(full recipe on the way)

Malawach Flour Alternatives

1. Chickpea flour: Made from ground chickpeas, this gluten-free flour adds a nutty flavor and a slightly denser texture to the flatbread.
2. Almond flour: Ground almonds create a rich and moist flatbread with a subtle nutty taste, perfect for those following a low-carb or gluten-free diet.
3. Buckwheat flour: Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat and is naturally gluten-free. It lends a hearty and earthy flavor to the flatbread.
4. Quinoa flour: Made from ground quinoa seeds, this flour is packed with protein and adds a slightly nutty taste to the flatbread, while also being gluten-free.
5. Rice flour: Ground rice grains create a light and delicate flatbread, perfect for those with gluten sensitivities. It has a neutral flavor, allowing other ingredients to shine

Other Names For Malawach

1. Yemenite crispy bread
2. Layered fried bread
3. Crunchy flatbread
4. Tomato-topped bread
5. Honey-coated flatbread
6. Yemeni fried dough
7. Grated tomato bread
8. Crispy Yemenite bread
9. Honey-drizzled flatbread
10. Yemeni layered bread
11. Tomato-infused flatbread
12. Fried honey bread
13. Yemenite crispy dough
14. Grated tomato flatbread
15. Crunchy Yemeni bread

How To Make Sourdough Malawach

1. Begin by preparing your sourdough starter and allowing it to ferment for at least 5-7 days.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sourdough starter with flour, salt, and a bit of water to form a sticky dough.
3. Knead the dough for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
4. Cover the dough and let it rest for at least 2 hours, allowing it to rise and develop flavor.
5. Divide the dough into small portions and roll each portion into a thin, flat sheet.
6. Heat a frying pan with oil over medium heat and carefully place the flatbread in the pan.
7. Fry the flatbread on each side until it turns golden brown and crispy.
8. Serve the sourdough Malawach with grated tomato or drizzle it with honey for a delicious and traditional Yemenite Jewish treat…(full sourdough recipe on the way)

How To Make Gluten-Free Malawach

1. Start by choosing gluten-free flour alternatives such as rice flour, almond flour, or a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.
2. Mix the gluten-free flour with a pinch of salt and a small amount of water to form a dough.
3. Divide the dough into small portions and roll each portion into a thin, flat circle.
4. Heat a frying pan with oil or butter on medium heat.
5. Carefully place the gluten-free flatbread in the pan and cook until it turns golden brown and crispy on both sides.
6. Remove the flatbread from the pan and let it cool slightly.
7. Serve the gluten-free flatbread with your choice of toppings, such as grated tomato or honey, just like the traditional Malawach.
8. Enjoy your gluten-free version of this delicious Yemenite Jewish flatbread!…(full gluten-free recipe on the way)

What Next?

I’ve provided some basic tips on making Malawach at home above but I’ll be updating this page to include links to the best Malawach recipes, including sourdough and gluten-free versions. Join our waitlist above to get noticed when these recipes are available.


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