Making one of the most popular traditional Palestenian appetizers Motabak Zaatar recipes; this recipe of Mutabak; which is known as a Motabak with Zaatar or Palestinian Fatayer stuffed with Za’atar.

Motabak Zaatar

This recipe makes a perfect side dish or appetizer that is packed with nutrients and that is very delicious.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Palestinian
Servings 4 people


For the dough:

  • 7 Cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of dry yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 Cups of warm water
  • 1/4 Cup of olive oil

For the filling:

  • 5 Medium finely chopped onions
  • 1 Pound of washed and drained green thyme, zaatar
  • 1 Cup of sumac
  • 2 Teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 1 Teaspoon of salt
  • 2 Cups of oil


  • Put the flour, sugar, yeast, and olive oil in the electric mixer, and start adding warm water to the ingredients, until you have a homogeneous dough, then remove the dough from the dough bowl,
  • Knead the dough for a while with your hands, then set it aside for 60 minutes until the dough starts rising
  • Prepare the filling and to do that; in a pot over the stove, put the olive oil, chopped onions, and stir until the onions are wilted, then add a cup of sumac
  • Pour the lemon juice and the salt, then put the green thyme and stir the ingredients very well.
  • Divide the dough into equal balls, and spread it on a surface sprinkled with a little quantity of oil; then fill the dough with the filling mixture
  • Close the dough on the filling, and place it with an oiled oven tray; thne spread the dough a liitle bit using your hands until it becomes thin.
  • Put the green thyme dish in the oven at a temperature of about 360°F/180 degrees C for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove the motabaka from the oven; then serve and enjoy!
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