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Yemeni khobz al tawa

Khobz Al Tawa


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.


4 cups bread flour
about 1 1/2 cups water
2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, melted

How to make

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.



sehr gut gemacht=you did it great.

keep up the great Work :)

einfach schön und es sieht lecker aus :)


11.06.2013 Reply


it's  really nice to eat

12.14.2013 Reply

Amoon Jumah

Could you show us please how to prepare Murabak ( the sweet type)  I mean with banana not minced meat.


12.16.2013 Reply


hi i dont have a recipe for that but if i get one i will post. thanks for your comment



Perfect, I always want to make this but I don't find clear instructions. ..good job

02.03.2014 Reply

idris inya

Hi i have seached every where about chicken mandi recipe best one i fond here but you did not mention about the

ingredients amont or quantity how much you put cardamom pods whole cloves whole peppercorns in rice thanks in advance


Idrees INyat

03.07.2014 Reply


about 3-6 of each



i don't have this type of griddle that you used. can i follow the recipe but bake the bread inside the oven using a baking stone?

03.26.2014 Reply


yes you can, then it will be malawah bread




This is almost exactly like the msemen we have in Algeria/morroco/tunisia. I absolutley love msemen, and eat it with jam or on its own. 

05.21.2014 Reply


I absolutely love this bread but I was wondering what the best way to store/freeze the bread and thaw for cooking another time?


06.24.2014 Reply


Hello and thanks for your comment. I have never frozen this bread before so I don't really know. I do freeze other kinds of bread after cooking them and then place them in a plastic bag and close with a twist tie. Then I usually thaw at room temperature or by placing in a 200F degree oven for a few mins. I think it will work out ok.



Is it possible to store the bread (freezer/fridge) to roll out and cook for another day?

06.24.2014 Reply


I never have done it this way but I'm sure you could leave it in the fridge for up to 24 hrs. Not much longer because the dough doesn't have yeast so bacteria will grow on it rather quickly. You could also try freezing and then thawing it another time. 

If you are looking to save time I would just cook the bread through according to the recipe and then freeze the brepared bread. Thaw by placing in a 200F oven for a few mins until crispy and warm. I think this would be easier than freezing and thawing the dough. 




Will it come out the same if I use all purpose flour instead of bread flour? 

07.09.2014 Reply


Its best to use bread flour for bread recipes because they will allow you to strech out the dough nice and thin with out breaking. You can try with regular all purpose flour but I don't know if you will have the same results


Astrid O.

I love the recipe and I learned you have to make it as thin as possible otherwise it won't cook enough. I added some mint with the dough and it was a delicious and cooling outcome and instead of brushing the layers with butter I use olive oil or grapeseed. Thank you , I am going to start layering my pan bread for now on, there is also a similar bread called malawi in Morocco.

08.17.2014 Reply


yes in yemen its called malawah



Can you please tell me the temperature and time for baking the bread instead of pan grilling it.

Thank you

09.11.2014 Reply

Please look at malawach bread recipe, this is how you cook it in the oven. It is the same as khoz al tawa but in the oven


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10.09.2015 Reply


Can you show us how to make Jachnun

08.09.2016 Reply


Can u use all purpose flour??

09.01.2016 Reply


Thank you for this recipe- I thought it would be too hard at first but it was very simple. My family and I LOVED this and couldn't get enough! I made 6 breads out of this recipe. They were still large. I can't wait to make this again. Such great flavor from a small amount of ingredients. I cooked this on my electric griddle.

02.06.2017 Reply


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07.12.2017 Reply


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