Khobz al tawa is a delicious kind of bread found in Yemen, it is especially popular in Aden and the southern areas. It gets its name, tawa, from the surface that it is grlled on. You can also find this bread at many restaurants throughout the country. When it is filled with eggs and cheese, then its called mutabak. It has pretty simple ingredients but makes for a tasty bread to eat with shai, eggs, beans, or whatever you like.
1. Mix together the flour, water, and salt and knead until soft, about 10-15 minutes.
2. Break the dough into 4-5 equal size pieces and form into smooth balls. Cover and let the dough relax for at least 30 minutes. This will allow you to roll out the dough very thin.
3. Begin rolling out the dough into a very thin and large sheet, you can do this using a rolling pin or by tossing it out by hand. I find it is easier to toss it out by hand but either way works. If you are having difficulty, at any point you can let the dough relax for a few minutes and then continue.
4. Once you have a large sheet, then sprinkle some melted butter on top. Fold the dough into thirds, see the video for more info. Then fold into thirds again so you end up with a square shape with many layers.
5. Once again let the dough relax for at least 10 minutes before you begin to roll out the breads into their final shape. I use a rolling pin for this and I try for a square shape but you could also do circles.
6. Brush some more butter on the top and bottom and then place onto a preheated griddle on medium-high heat. It should sizzle. Cook for approx. 4-5 minutes on one side and then slip when you see it is brown. Cook on the other side for another 5 minutes.
7. Serve with tea or whatever food you like.